The Autry National Center celebrates the American West through
three important institutions: the Museum of the American West, the Southwest
Museum of the American Indian, and the Institute for the Sutyd of the American
West. The Autry was established in
2003 following the merger of the Southwest Museum, the Women of the West Museum,
and the Museum of the American West (formerly the Autry Museum of Western
Heritage). The Autry National Center explores the distinct stories and
interactions of cultures and peoples, and their impact on the complex, evolving
history of the American West.
Bergamot Station is Southern California's largest art gallery complex and
cultural center, located on eight acres in the heart of Santa Monica featuring
contemporary art galleries, The Santa Monica Museum of Art, architecture and
design firms, a cafe, and a frame shop.
Museum of Cultural Art
One of Southern California's finest museums and Orange
County's largest, the Bowers Museum is one of the only museums in the United
States devoted to promoting human understanding through art. Its state of the
art special exhibition and collection storage facilities enable the Bowers to
present world class exhibitions and preserve collections of cultural art for
future generations. International partnerships have been developed with the
Palace Museum, Beijing, the British Museum, and many others. Its location, close
to four major freeways and four miles south of Disneyland, makes the Bowers an
ideal destination for visitors to Southern California.
CAFAM (Craft & Folk Art Museum)
The Getty Center
The Getty Center presents the Getty's
collection of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present against a backdrop
of dramatic architecture, tranquil gardens, and breathtaking views.
The Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades
(see Visit the Getty)
The Huntington is a research and educational
center set amidst 120 acres of breathtaking gardens. Three art galleries and a
library showcase magnificent collections of paintings, sculptures, rare books,
manuscripts, and decorative arts. The botanical collection features over 14,000
different species of plants. A private, nonprofit institution, The Huntington
was founded in 1919 by railroad and real estate developer Henry Edwards
Huntington and opened to the public in 1928.
LACMA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Explore a collection of more than 100,000
works of art at LACMA, the largest encyclopedic museum west of Chicago. Through
its far-reaching collections, the museum is both a resource to and a reflection
of the many cultural communities and heritages in Southern California.
Experience European masterpieces, cutting-edge contemporary art, an extensive
collection of American art from the United States and Latin America, a major
Islamic art collection, one of the most comprehensive Korean art collections
outside of Korea, and the stunning Pavilion for Japanese art.
MOCA: Museum of Contemporary Art
Founded in 1979, MOCA is the only museum in
Los Angeles devoted exclusively to contemporary art. It is committed to the
collection, presentation, and interpretation of work produced since 1940 in all
media, and to preserving that work for future generations. In a remarkably short
time, MOCA has developed one of the nation's most renowned permanent
collections. Now numbering over 5,000 works and steadily growing, this
invaluable cultural resource provides extensive opportunities for education and
enjoyment to thousands of national and international visitors. Today the museum
is housed in three unique facilities: MOCA Grand Avenue, The Geffen Contemporary
at MOCA, and MOCA Pacific Design Center.
of Jurassic Technology
A small, singular and strange institution that
challenges our notions about museums, science and knowledge. Science fiction
author Philip K. Dick would have loved the place, as do many staffers of places
like the Getty and LACMA. From their website: "...The public museum as
understood today, is a collection of specimens and other objects of interest to
the scholar, the man of science as well as the more casual visitor, arranged and
displayed in accordance with the scientific method. In its original sense, the
term "museum" meant a spot dedicated to the muses - "a place where man's mind
could attain a mood of aloofness above everyday affairs."
of Latin American Art
The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
in Long Beach, California was founded by Dr. Robert Gumbiner in November 1996.
It is the only museum in the western United States that exclusively features
contemporary Latin American art. Through the utilization of its permanent
collection, traveling exhibitions, and programs, MOLAA educates a diverse Southern
California audience about contemporary Latin American art.
Museum of Tolerance & Simon Wiesenthal Center
Wiesenthal Center is an international Jewish human rights
organization dedicated to repairing the world one step at a time. The Center