Entertainment Museums in LA

Museums that focus on the movie, television, and music industries in Los Angeles

Hollywood has long been known as the entertainment capital of the world and Los Angeles has many museums and landmarks that pay homage to the cities history and current role in movies, television and music. Here are the top museums to learn the history and technologies and see props, costumes, instruments and artifacts from all of the entertainment industries.
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    Hollywood Museum

    The Hollywood Museum in the Max Factor Building
    ••• The Hollywood Museum in the Max Factor Building. Photo © 2005 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    The Hollywood Museum in the heart of Hollywood, has a great collection of movie costumes, props, set decorations and memorabilia including an extensive Marilyn Monroe exhibit, tributes to Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson and many others, and Hannibal Lechter's cell from Silence of the Lambs. The Museum is in the old Max Factor Building, and the first floor displays the make-up rooms as Max Factor had them decorated to complement the different complexions and hair colors of specific actresses.

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    Hollywood Heritage Museum

    Hollywood Heritage Museum
    ••• Hollywood Heritage Museum in the Lasky DeMille Barn. Photo by Minnaert, via Wikimedia Commons

    The Hollywood Heritage Museum is in the original Stern Family Barn, which became the first silent movie production studio in Hollywood for Cecille B. DeMille and Jesse L. Lasky. The collection includes archival photographs from silent movie production, props, historic documents and other movie related memorabilia as well as a photo history of hold Hollywood.

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    The Grammy Museum

    GRAMMY Walk of Fame 2008 Medallion in front of the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live
    ••• GRAMMY Walk of Fame 2008 Medallion in front of the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live. Photo © 2015 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    The GRAMMY Museum at LA Live presents the history of recorded music and the technologies used to record it, as well as special exhibits on individual recording artists and groups. You can also explore the GRAMMY Walk of Fame that circles through and around the entire block, commemorating the top four.

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    The Autry National Center

    The Autry Museum of the American West
    ••• The Autry Museum of the American West. Kayte Deioma

    The Autry National Center in Griffith Park, in addition to general Western Heritage and art, has a special focus on the history of the Western movie genre and the famous movie cowboys.

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    The Paley Center for Media

    Paley Center for Media Los Angeles
    ••• Paley Center for Media Los Angeles. Photo © 2013 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    The Paley Center for Media (formerly the Museum of Television and Radio) in Beverly Hills has a collection of over 150,000 television and radio shows. The museum includes props, set pieces, memorabilia, film cells and other artwork from TV shows.

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    Madame Tussauds

    Madame Tussauds Hollywood
    ••• Madame Tussauds Hollywood. Photo © 2012 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Madame Tussauds wax museum presents wax figures of famous actors and other well-know figures from the early movie and TV days to the present. There's not a lot of history to read, but you can get up close an personal with Charlie Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich and a century of historic actors.

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    Hollywood Wax Museum

    Hollywood Wax Museum
    ••• The Bonanza Exhibit at the Hollywood Wax Museum. Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Like Madame Tussauds, the Hollywood Wax Museum displays wax figures of famous Hollywood actors. The Hollywood Wax Museum is smaller and much older, and most of their figures were created without molds and before computer-assisted models, so they don't look as much like the actors. The figures are set in tableaus that recreate a scene from a movie or TV show, so visitors can't get as close for photo opportunities as you can at Tussauds.

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    Hollywood Bowl Museum

    Hollywood Bowl Museum
    ••• Hollywood Bowl Museum. Photo courtesy of the Hollywood Bowl Museum

    The Museum at the Hollywood Bowl showcases the history of the Bowl, the LA Philharmonic and other music-related exhibits.

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    Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Annual Oscar Costume Exhibit

    9th Annual Outstanding Art Of Television Costume Design Reception And Exhibition Media Preview
    ••• FIDM Costume Exhibit. Vincent Sandoval / Contributor/Getty Images

    The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) Gallery in Downtown LA has an annual Oscar Costume Exhibit, featuring the costumes from all the films nominated for Academy Awards in the best costume category. The exhibit runs every February and March around the Oscars. The rest of the time, the gallery has rotating exhibits on fashion, costumes and accessories.

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    Studio Museums and Prop Houses

    Paramount Studio Tour
    ••• The prop room on the Paramount Studio Tour. Kayte Deioma

    Most of the movie and TV studios have museums, prop houses and archive exhibits that are only accessible on their studio tour, or for Universal Studios, included with theme park entrance.

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