You’ll want to spend most of your time in L.A. soaking up the outdoors sun, but what do you do on days when you feel the need to stay inside? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Los Angeles is the proud host of a plethora of museums. Here are six of the best.
The Broad

One of the newer museums to open in L.A., the Broad has quickly become a favorite of both locals and visitors. While modern and contemporary art from Andy Warhol to Jeff Koons is all on display here, some say that the most popular piece is the mirrored room by Yayoi Kusama, which is open to visitors in 60-second intervals. Be sure to look out for special exhibitions on offer. The Broad is free to visit, but admission is limited, so make sure to book your tickets in advance.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Chances are you’ve seen photos of LACMA on your Instagram before: the cast-iron street lamps that make up Urban Light, an installation by artist Chris Burden, have become an icon of the city. The largest art museum in the western United States, LACMA draws in almost one million visitors each year to its collections of modern and contemporary art, Latin American art, Asian art, and more.

Natural History Museum

Natural history geeks, rejoice: close to 35 million specimens can be found within the National History Museum of Los Angeles County. The museum covers 3.5 billion years of Earth’s history and includes magnificent dinosaur skeletons in the central foyer. If you’re a fan of architecture, you’ll also appreciate the magnificent Beaux Arts building in which the museum is housed, it is still standing since its completion in 1913.

Getty Center

Perched high above the city, this museum may be difficult to reach, but the trip is definitely worth it. The brainchild of the late philanthropist J. Paul Getty, the Getty Center, housed in a lavish villa, showcases one of the most impressive private art collections in the world. Visit to see everything from antiquities to paintings to decorative art.

Griffith Observatory

Reenact your La La Land fantasies by visiting the Griffith Observatory, which inspired one of the movie’s iconic dance sequences. The observatory, which is free to visit, features an assortment of space-related exhibitions. It also serves as an excellent vantage point for a glimpse of the famous Hollywood Sign.

La Brea Tar Pits

The naturally occurring tar pits that are found in Hancock Park have entrapped unwitting animals over thousands of years. The La Brea Tar Pits is home to the only active Ice Age excavation site in a major city, making it a must-visit for those who like to witness natural history in action. It’s instantly recognizable from the outdoor display of mammoths submerged in tar. Let the inner geek in you shine!