Los Angeles Museums A to Z

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Introduction

This is an alphabetical list of over 250 museums in Los Angeles and surrounding communities in Los Angeles County, from major institutions to small historic home museums open one day per month. It can be pretty overwhelming to figure out what you're looking for here, especially if you don't know the name of the museum.

For easier navigation, visit the LA Museums Overview page, where I break down all these museums by category and theme, so you can find a subset of museums that interest you from Best of LA to Train Museums to Most Unusual. The category pages also include Orange county museums not listed here. The category or categories to which I've assigned each museum is indicated with the link after the name on this page. There are a few on this list that didn't make the cut or fit onto any other list, or I just haven't added it yet.

Some museums are known by more than one name. Unnumbered names are alternate names for museums elsewhere on the list. If you know of a museum in LA County that's not on this list, email me the museum's website.

For those of you trying to answer the question - How many museums are in the City of Los Angeles? - Next to the name of the museum is the city or LA neighborhood where the museum is located. LA neighborhoods that don't have Los Angeles as part of the name are designated with -LA, like San Pedro-LA or Hollywood-LA (I could have missed a couple). From my count, 94 of them are (open) in the City of Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles Museums A to Z

Richard Serra's 'Band' at the Broad Contemporary Art Museum at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Kayte Deioma
  1. A+D Museum 200 200, Downtown LA Art District (Architecture)
  2. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Museum, Museum Row (new building TBA) (Entertainment Museums)
  3. Adamson House, Malibu (Historic Homes)
  4. Adobe de Palomares Pomona (Missions, Ranchos & Adobes)
    African American Art Museum see Museum of African American Art
  5. African American Firefighter Museum, Downtown LA (Police and Fire Museums)
  6. Alf Museum of Paleontology at the Webb Schools, Claremont (Top History Museums)
  7. Alhambra Historical Society Museum at Burke Heritage Park, Alhambra (Local History)
  8. Altadena Historical Society, Altadena (Local History)
  9. American Jewish University Art Galleries, Belair-LA (Art Museums, Cultural Museums)
  10. American Military Museum El Monte (Military History)
  11. American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona  (Art Museums)
  12. Andres Pico Adobe Mission Hills-LA (Missions, Ranchos & Adobes)
  13. Annenberg Space for Photography, Century City-LA (Art Museums)
  14. Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park, Lancaster (Native American LA)
  15. Archival Center Catholic Museum at San Fernando Mission, Mission Hills-LA (Local History, Religious History)
  16. Automobile Driving Museum, Torrance (Car Museums)
  17. Autry National Center, Griffith Park-LA (Top History Museums, Native American, Entertainment Museums)
  18. Avila Adobe, El Pueblo de Los Angeles, Downtown LA (Missions, Ranchos & Adobes)
  19. Baldwin Park Historical Museum, Baldwin Park-LA  (Local History)
  20. Banning Residence Museum, Wilmington-LA (Historic Homes)
  21. Battleship IOWA, San Pedro-LA (Military History, Ships & Maritime Museums)
  22. Bembridge House, Long Beach (Historic Homes)
  23. Boddy Mansion at Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge (Historic Homes, Gardens)
  24. Bolton Hall Museum, Tujunga (Local History)
  25. The Broad Museum, Downtown LA, (Art Museums
  26. Bunny Museum, Pasadena (Unusual Museums)
  27. Burbank Aviation Museum, Burbank (Air & Space Museums)
  28. Burbank Police and Fire Museum, Burbank (Police and Fire Museums)
  29. Cal State Northridge Art Galleries, Northridge-LA (Art Museums)
  30. California African American Museum, Exposition Park-LA (Cultural Museums, Free Museums)
  31. California Heritage Museum, Santa Monica 
  32. California Science Center, Exposition Park-LA (Free Museums, Air & Space Museums, Children's Museums)
  33. Campo de Cahuenga, North Hollywood (Missions, Ranchos & Adobes)
  34. Casa Adobe De San Rafael, Glendale (Missions, Ranchos & Adobes)
  35. Catalina Casino, Catalina Island (Local History)
  36. Catalina Island Museum - Catalina Island (Local History
  37. Catalina Verdugo Adobe, Glendale (Missions, Ranchos & Adobes)
  38. Centennial Heritage Park, Glendora (Local History)
  39. Centinela Adobe, Westchester-LA  (Missions, Ranchos & Adobes)
  40. Chatsworth Museum, Chatsworth-LA (Local History, Native American)
  41. Chinese American Museum, Downtown LA (Cultural Museums)
  42. Claremont Museum of Art, Claremont/mobile (Art Museums)
  43. Clarke Estate, Santa Fe Springs (Historic Homes)
  44. Columbia Memorial Space Center, Downey (Air & Space Museums)
  45. Corita Art Center, East Hollywood-LA (Unusual Museums, Art Museums)
  46. Covina Firehouse Jail Museum, Covina (Local History, Police and Fire Museums)
  47. Craft and Folk Art Museum, Miracle Mile-LA, (Art Museums, Museum Row)
  48. Culver City Historical Society Archives and Resource Center, Culver City (Local History)
  49. Discovery Cube Los Angeles, Pacoima, San Fernando Valley, (Children's Museums)
  50. Disney Concert Hall & REDCAT, Downtown LA (Architecture)
  51. Doctor's House Museum & Gazebo, Glendale (Historic Homes)
  52. Doheny Mansion, Central Los Angeles (Historic Homes)
  53. Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, Rancho Dominguez (Missions, Ranchos & Adobes)
  54. Downey History Center, Downey (Local History)
  55. Downey Museum of Art - currently homeless
  56. Drum Barracks, Wilmington-LA (Military History)
  57. Duarte History Museum, Duarte  (Local History)
  58. Durrell House Museum,  Azuza (Historic Homes)
  59. Eames House, Pacific Palisades-LA (Architecture, Historic Homes)
    El Alisal  see Lummis House
    El Molino Viejo - see  Old Mill House, San Marino
  60. El Monte Historical Museum, El Monte (Local History)
  61. El Pueblo de Los Angeles State Historic Park, Downtown LA (Missions, Ranchos & Adobes, Local History, Free Things to Do in LA, Top History Museums)
    El Ranchito - see Pio Pico State Historic Park, Whittier
    Feynes Mansion - See Pasadena Museum of History
  62. FIDM Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum, Downtown LA (Unusual Museums)
  63. Finnish Folk Art Museum, Pasadena (Cultural Museums)
    Firehouse Jail Museum, Covina - See Covina Firehouse Jail Museum
  64. Fire Station 112, San Pedro-LA (Police and Fire Museums)
  65. Flight Path Learning Center - Museum, LAX-LA (Air & Space Museums)
  66. Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Multiple Locations (Unusual Museums)
  67. Fort MacArthur Museum, San Pedro-LA (Military History)
  68. Foursquare Heritage Center, Echo Park-LA (Religious History, Personality)
  69. Fowler Museum, UCLA-Westwood-LA (Art Museums, Free Museums)
  70. Gamble House, Pasadena (Architecture, Historic Homes)
  71. Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Downtown LA  (Art Museums)
  72. Getty Center, Brentwood-LA (Best of LA, Art Museums, Free Things to Do in LA, Gardens)
  73. Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades-LA (Best of LA, Art Museums, Free Things to Do in LA, Gardens)
  74. Gilb Museum of Arcadia Heritage , Arcadia  (Local History)
  75. Glendora Historical Society Museum, Glendora (Local History)
  76. GRAMMY Museum, Downtown LA (Entertainment Museums)
  77. Grier Musser Museum, Downtown LA (Historic Homes)
  78. Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park-LA (Air & Space, Science, Free Museums)
  79. Guinness World Record Museum, Hollywood-LA (Pop Culture)
  80. Hammer Museum at UCLA, Westwood-LA (Art Museums, Free Museums)
  81. Hargitt House Museum, Norwalk (Historic Homes)
  82. William S. Hart Museum, Newhall (Historic Homes)
  83. Hathaway Ranch Museum, Santa Fe Springs (Missions, Ranchos & Adobes)
  84. Hayes House & Museum, San Gabriel (Historic Homes)
  85. Heritage House, Covina (Historic Homes)
  86. Heritage Junction Historic Park (9 historic structures), Newhall (Historic Homes)
  87. Heritage Park, Santa Fe Springs (Native American)
  88. Heritage Square Museum, Montecito Heights-LA (Historic Homes)
  89. Hermosa Beach Historical Museum, (Local History)
    Hill-Palmer Cottage - see Homestead Cottage, Chatsworth
  90. Historical Society of Long Beach Museum, (Local History)
  91. Hollyhock House, East Hollywood-LA (Architecture, Historic Homes)
  92. Hollywood Bowl Museum, Hollywood-LA (Free Museums, Entertainment Museums)
  93. Hollywood Heritage Museum, Hollywood-LA (Entertainment Museums)
  94. Hollywood Museum, Hollywood-LA (Entertainment Museums)
  95. Hollywood Wax Museum, Hollywood-LA (Entertainment Museums)
  96. Homestead Cottage AKA Hill-Palmer Cottage, Chatsworth-LA (Historic Homes)
  97. Homestead Museum, City of Industry (Missions, Ranchos & Adobes)
  98. Gordon R. Howard Museum & Mentzner House, Burbank (Historic Homes, Local History)
  99. Huntington Library & Gardens, San Marino/Pasadena (Art Museums, Gardens)
  100. Hurst Ranch, West Covina, school groups only
  101. International Police Museum, Huntington Park-LA (Police & Fire Museums, Unusual Museums)
  102. International Printing Museum, Carson
  103. International Puppetry Museum, Pasadena (Unusual Museums)
  104. Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA), the former Santa Monica Museum of Art, relocating to the Downtown LA Arts District, opening Fall 2017
  105. Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, Downtown LA (Cultural Museums)
  106. Japanese American National Museum, Downtown LA (Cultural Museums)
  107. Justice Brothers Racing Museum, Duarte (Car Museums)
  108. Kidspace Children's Museum , Pasadena (Children's MuseumsLA with Kids)
  109. Korean American Museum, Temporary Spaces in Downtown LA (Cultural Museums)
  110. Korean Cultural Center, Koreatown-LA (Cultural Museums)
  111. Kingsburry House at Heritage Junction, Newhall
  112. Kuruvugna Springs Cultural Center and Museum, Santa Monica (Native American LA)
  113. La Casa Primera de Rancho San Jose, Pomona, (Historic Homes)
  114. La Historia Society Museum/Museo de Los Barrios, El Monte (Local History)
  115. Lancaster Museum of Art and History, Lancaster (Art Museums)
  116. Lanterman House, La Cañada/Flintridge (Historic Homes)
  117. La Plaza de Cultural y Artes, Downtown LA, (Cultural Museums, Latino LA)
  118. La Puente Heritage Room, La Puente (Local History)
  119. Latino Art Museum at the Pomona Art Colony, Pomona (Art Museums, Latino LA)
  120. Leonis Adobe, Calabasas (Missions, Ranchos & Adobes)
  121. Lizzie's Trail Inn Historical Museum, Sierra Madre (Local History)
  122. Lomita Railroad Museum, Lomita (Train Museums)
  123. Long Beach Firefighter's Museum, Long Beach (Police and Fire Museums)
  124. Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach  (Art Museums)
  125. Lopez Adobe, San Fernando (Missions, Ranchos & Adobes)
  126. Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Hollywood-LA (Art Museums)
  127. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Miracle Mile-LA, (Best of LA, Art Museums, Top History Museums, Museum Row)
  128. Los Angeles Fire Department Museum, Hollywood-LA (Police and Fire Museums, Free Museums)
  129. Los Angeles Fire Department Museum, San Pedro-LA (Police and Fire Museums)
  130. Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum, Griffith Park-LA (Train Museums)
  131. Los Angeles Maritime Museum, San Pedro-LA (Ship & Maritime Museums)
  132. Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park, East Hollywood-LA (Art Museums)
  133. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust at Pan Pacific Park, Fairfax District-LA (Top History Museums)
  134. Los Angeles Police Museum, Highland Park-LA (Police and Fire Museums)
  135. Los Encinos State Historic Park, Encino (Missions, Ranchos & Adobes)
  136. Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Exposition Park (not yet built)
  137. Lummis House 403 (El Alisal), Mt. Washington-LA  (Historic Homes)
  138. Madame Tussauds, Hollywood-LA (Entertainment Museums, Pop Culture Museums)
  139. The Main Museum, Downtown LA, (Art Museums)
  140. MAK Center for Art and Architecture in the Schindler House, West Hollywood (Architecture, Historic Homes)
  141. Malibu Lagoon Museum at the Adamson House, Malibu (Historic Homes, Local History, Native American)
  142. Manhattan Beach Historical Society Museum, Manhattan Beach, (Local History)
  143. The Marciano Art Foundation in the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, Central LA (Art) 
  144. Martial Arts History Museum, Burbank (Cultural Museums, Military History)
    Mentzner House, see Gordon R. Howard Museum, Burbank (Historic Homes)
    Meridian Ironworks Museum, see South Pasadena Historical Society
  145. Meteorite Museum - UCLA
  146. Mission San Fernando Rey de España, Mission Hills-LA (Missions, Ranchos & Adobes)
  147. Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, San Gabriel (Missions, Ranchos & Adobes)
  148. MOCA at The Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood (Art Museums, Free Museums)
  149. Monrovia Historical Museum, Monrovia (Local History)
  150. Monterey Park Historical Museum, Monterey Park (Local History)
  151. Montebello History Museum at the Sanchez Adobe, Montebello (Missions, Ranchos & Adobes)
  152. The Mosaic Tile House, Venice-LA
  153. Muller House Museum, San Pedro-LA (Historic Homes)
  154. Museum of African American Art at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, South LA
  155. Museum of Broken Relationships on Hollywood Boulevard
  156. Museum of Contemporary Art, Downtown-LA (Art Museums)
  157. Museum of Death, Hollywood-LA (Unusual Museums)
  158. Museum of Flying, Santa Monica (Air & Space Museums)
  159. Museum of Jurassic Technology, Culver City (Unusual Museums)
  160. Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach (Art Museums, Cultural Museums)
  161. Museum of Neon Art, Glendale (Art Museums, Unusual Museums)
  162. Museum of the San Fernando Valley, multiple temporary locations (Art Museums, Local History)
  163. Museum of Social Justice, Olvera Street, Downtown LA
  164. Museum of Tolerance (Simon Wiesenthal Center),  Pico-Robertson-LA (Best of LA, Jewish LA)
  165. National Museum of Animals & Society, Hollywood-LA (Unusual Museums)
  166. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Exposition Park-LA, (Top History MuseumsChildren's Museums)
  167. Nethercutt Collection, Sylmar (Car Museums, Free Museums)
  168. Neutra VDL Studio and Residences, Silverlake-LA (Architecture, Historic Homes)
  169. The NHRA Museum at the Fairplex in Pomona (Car Museums)
  170. Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena (Art Museums)
  171. Old Mill House - El Molino Viejo, San Marino, (Missions, Ranchos & Adobes)
  172. Old Plaza Firehouse Museum, El Pueblo de Los Angeles, Downtown LA (Police and Fire Museums)
  173. ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC, University Park-LA and Gallery, West Hollywood (Art Museums, History)
  174. Oran Z's Pan African Black Museum, Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw-LA (Cultural Museums)
  175. USC Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena (Art Museums, Cultural Museums)
  176. Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum, Long Beach (Art Museums, Cultural Museums)
  177. Pacific Railroad Museum, San Dimas (Train Museums)
  178. Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, Miracle Mile-LA (Top History Museums, Museum Row)
  179. Paley Center for Media, Beverly Hills (Entertainment Museums)
  180. Palos Verdes Art Center, Rancho Palos Verdes (Art Museums)
  181. Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena (Art Museums)
  182. Paul Gray PC Museum at Claremont Graduate University, Claremont (Personal Computers)
  183. Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena (Local History)
  184. Petersen Automotive Museum, Miracle Mile-LA (Car Museums, Museum Row)
  185. Pico Rivera Historical Museum, Pico Rivera (Local History)
  186. Pio Pico Adobe State Historic Park, Whittier (Missions, Ranchos & Adobes)
  187. Plaza Firehouse Museum, Downtown LA (Police and Fire Museums)
  188. Point Fermin Lighthouse Historic Site, San Pedro-LA
  189. Point Vicente Lighthouse Interpretive Center, Rancho Palos Verdes,
  190. Pomona College Museum of Art, Pomona (Art Museums)
  191. Pomona Ebell Museum, Pomona (Local History)
  192. Proud Bird Restaurant and Museum, Westchester-LA (Air & Space Museums)
  193. Queen Mary. Long Beach, (Ships & Maritime Museums)
  194. Rail Giants Museum, Pomona (Train Museums)
  195. Ramona Museum of California History San Gabriel (Local History)
  196. Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach, (Missions, Ranchos & Adobes)
  197. Rancho Los Cerritos, Long Beach, (Missions, Ranchos & Adobes)
    Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology - See Alf Museum of Paleontology
  198. Redondo Beach Historical Museum, Redondo Beach (Local History)
  199. Richardson House & Lizzie's Trail Cafe, Sierra Madre (Historic Homes)
  200. Ripley's Believe It or Not!, Hollywood-LA (Pop Culture Museums)
  201. Ronald Reagan Library & Airforce One, Simi Valley (Air & Space Museums)
  202. Roslin Armenian Art Gallery, Glendale (Cultural Museums, Art Museums)
  203. Rowland-Dibble Museum of the La Puente Valley Historical Society, City of Industry (Historic homes)
  204. Rubel Castle, Glendora (Historic Homes)
  205. Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont (Art Museums)
  206. Salvation Army Museum of the West 200 200, Rancho Palos Verdes (Religious History)
    Sanchez Adobe - see Montebello History Museum
  207. San Dimas Historical Society at the Walker House, San Dimas (Local History)
  208. San Fernando Museum of Art and History, San Fernando (Art Museums)
  209. San Gabriel Historical Association Museum Local History)
    San Gabriel Mission - see Mission San Gabriel Arcángel
    San Fernando Mission - see Mission San Fernando
  210. Santa Monica History Museum, Santa Monica (Local History)
    Santa Monica Museum of Art, see Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  211. Saugus Train Station Museum, Heritage Junction Historic Park, Newhall (Train Museums)
    Schindler House - See MAK Center for Art and Architecture
  212. Sepulveda House, El Pueblo de Los Angeles, Downtown LA (Historic Homes)
  213. Scorpion Russian Foxtrot Submarine, Long Beach (Ships & Maritime Museums)
  214. Skirball Cultural Center, Brentwood-LA (Art Museums, Cultural Museums, Jewish LAChildren's Museums)
  215. Sons of the Revolution Library, Glendale (Military History)
  216. Southern California Medical Museum, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona
  217. South Pasadena Historical Museum at the Meridian Ironworks, South Pasadena (Local History)
  218. Southwest Museum of the Autry National Center, Mt. Washington-LA (Cultural Museum, Native American LA)
  219. SPARC Social and Public Art Resource Center, Venice-LA (Art Museums)
  220. Sports Museum of Los Angeles, Downtown LA - Private Museum, by appointment only
  221. SS Lane Victory, San Pedro-LA, (Ship & Maritime Museums, Military Museums)
  222. (Gilbert) Sproul House Museum, Norwalk (Historic Homes)
  223. Taylor House and Heritage Park, West Covina (Historic Home)
  224. Temple City Historical Society Museum at the Women's Club (Local History)
  225. Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum, Carson  (Air & Space Museums)
  226. Torrance Art Museum, Torrance (Art Museums)
  227. Torrance Historical Society & Museum, Torrance  (Local History)
  228. Toyota USA Automobile Museum, Torrance (Car Museums) By appointment only
  229. Travel Town Museum, Griffith Park-LA (Train Museums)
    UCLA Meteorite Gallery - see Meteorite Gallery
  230. University Art Museum, Cal State Long Beach, (Art Museums)
  231. USC Fisher Museum of Art, University Park-LA (Art Museums)
  232. USS Iowa, San Pedro (Ship & Maritime MuseumsMilitary Museums)
  233. The Valley Relics Museum, Chatsworth (Local History)
  234. Velveteria: Museum of Velvet Art, Chinatown (Unusual Museums)
  235. Vincent Price Art Museum, East Los Angeles College - LA (Art Museums)
  236. Virginia Robinson Gardens & Mansion, Beverly Hills (Historic Homes, Gardens)
  237. Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum at the Fairplex, Pomona (Car Museums)
  238. Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn, Griffith Park-LA (Train Museums)
  239. Warner Brothers Museum, on the VIP Studio Tour, Burbank (Entertainment Museums)
  240. Watts Towers and Art Center, South Los Angeles-LA (Art Museums, Unusual Museums)
  241. Weber House LA Verne (Local History)
  242. Wells Fargo History Museum, Downtown LA (Local History)
  243. Wende Museum, Culver City (History)
  244. Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Holmby Hills-LA (Art Museums)
  245. Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University, Malibu (Art Museums)
  246. Western Museum of Flight, Torrance (Air & Space Museums)
  247. Whittier Historical Society Museum. Whittier (Local History)
  248. Will Rogers State Historic Park, Pacific Palisades-LA (Historic Homes)
  249. Wishtoyo Chumash Discovery Village, Malibu (Native American LA)
  250. WWII Aviation Museum at Camarillo Airport, Camarillo (Air & Space Museums, Military History)
    Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum - see Homestead Museum, City of Industry
  251. Zimmer Children's Museum, Miracle Mile-LA (Children's MuseumsLA with Kids)
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