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Museums in Los Angeles


Designed by architect Richard Meier, with gardens by artist Robert Irwin, the Getty Center in Brentwood features paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture, decorative arts, and photography. The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that features the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs are based at the Getty Center in Los Angeles.  

Perched high atop the Santa Monica Mountains overlooking the 405 freeway, the Getty Center is a sprawling, stone-and-glass complex dedicated to the display and preservation of the J. Paul Getty Trust's collection.

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Since its inception in 1965, LACMA has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography—and represent Los Angeles’ uniquely diverse population. Today, the museum features particularly strong collections of Asian, Latin American, European, and American art, as well as a new contemporary museum on its campus, BCAM. With this expanded space for contemporary art, innovative collaborations with artists, and an ongoing transformation project, LACMA is creating a truly modern lens through which to view its rich encyclopedic collection.  

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Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Founded in 1979, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), has achieved astonishing growth in its brief history—with three locations of architectural renown (MOCA Grand Avenue, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, and MOCA Pacific Design Center); more than 13,500 members; a permanent collection of nearly 6,000 postwar works; hallmark education programs that are widely emulated; award-winning publications that present original scholarship; and groundbreaking monographic, touring, and thematic exhibitions that survey the art of our time.

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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Inspire wonder, discovery and responsibility for your natural and cultural worlds while enjoying the largest natural history museum on the West coast. The Museum holds in its trust a vast and diverse collection of more than 33 million specimens and artifacts covering 4.5 billion years of Earth and human history. From fossils to fish, there is something for everyone to explore. New exhibitions and installations challenge you to see your world in a whole new way.  

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