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Explore the Top Museums in LA 

When you stay in Los Angeles, art and culture are everywhere. They are in the murals as long as city blocks, stars imprinted into stretches of Hollywood sidewalk, and even the omnipresent billboards that L.A. is known for. But downtown Los Angeles is also home to many incredible museums. 

Take a trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art’s main hub in Downtown Los Angeles. Observe  5,000 pieces ranging from abstract expressionism to pop art by emerging artists. History buffs would do well to visit downtown’s Japanese American Museum in the heart of Little Tokyo. Here, you’ll witness real portrayals of pre-WWII Japanese life alongside beautiful cultural art such as origami. 

But the museum list doesn’t end there. Art and history collide at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with collections of Asian, Latin American, European and American art. The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits offers education on paleontology and life in Los Angeles before the movies. You can even learn about the history and winners of the Grammy Awards at the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live.

If you think museums aren’t for you, it’s likely because you haven’t found the right fit. Chances are, there are museums in LA you’ll love–you just have to know where to look. Take a peek at our top pick of these institutions in the downtown area. 

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES

1.3 miles from The Mayfair Hotel. Get Directions

Known to locals as MOCA, The Museum of Contemporary Art houses both permanent collections and touring exhibitions. Explore 5,000 pieces of art across their two unique venues. 

JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM

2.1 miles from The Mayfair Hotel. Get Directions.

Events and exhibitions bring to life the lives of Japanese Americans before WWII. Learn about the aftermath of the atomic bombs, then see artifacts and photographs that document 130 years of Japanese American history. 

LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART

6 miles from The Mayfair Hotel. Get Directions.

Art from across the globe has found a home at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Peruse paintings from Fiji, photographs of the Atlantic basin, and even a reconstruction of a room in a New York building. 

LA BREA TAR PITS

6 miles from The Mayfair Hotel. Get Directions.

Science comes to life at the La Brea Tar Pits. Step into the Ice Age, walk alongside the dinosaurs and see real scientists at work in the Fossil Lab. 

CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER

3 miles from The Mayfair Hotel. Get Directions

Step into science with interactive exhibits and engaging demonstrations at the California Science Center. Learn about human inventions and innovations, the science of living things, and more. 

THE GRAMMY MUSEUM

0.6 miles from The Mayfair Hotel. Get Directions

Get closer to your favorite music makers at The GRAMMY Museum. Step onto the red carpet, take a peek into the minds of artists like Amy Winehouse, or reimagine pop hits in the Immersive Experience Room.