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Museums

Natural History Museum of LA County
The permanent exhibits include the world's rarest shark, dinosaurs, the La Brea Tar Pits, and more than 2000 gems and minerals. A variety of exhibitions and events chronicle the natural history of the area and highlight the life and culture of the native peoples which once inhabited the different regions of California.  The museum also hosts lectures and workshops on a wide range of topics.
900 Exposition Boulevard Tel 213.763.DINO http://www.lam.mus.ca.us

MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art
The MOCA presents more than 20 exhibitions including historical and thematic shows, one-person retrospectives, newly commissioned projects and works by emerging and established artists. The museum is comprised of three separate locations, two downtown at the California Plaza and the Geffen Contemporary and gallery space at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. The website is an excellent resource for determining what exhibitions are in which facility and other relevant information. 
250 South Grand Avenue Tel 213.626.6222 http://www.moca-la.org
152 North Central Avenue
8687 Melrose Avenue

LACMA - The Los Angeles County Museum of Art
LACMA is the premier visual arts museum in the Western United States. Its holdings include more than 150,000 works spanning the history of art from ancient times to the present.  Art and crafts of many different regions and cultures are in the collection and LACMA hosts travelling exhitions as well.
5905 Wilshire Boulevard Tel 323.857.6000 http://www.lacma.org

The Getty Center
The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts and the humanities that includes an art museum as well as programs for education, scholarship, and conservation.   Reservations must be made for parking.
1200 Getty Center Drive Tel 310.440.7300 http://www.getty.edu

Museum of Television and Radio
The MT&R is a rich resource for anyone interested in historic radio and television. Essentially a media library, the facilities include listening rooms for archived radio broadcasts, screening rooms for archived television programs and news, and main theaters for larger presentations.  The museum also hosts seminars on a variety of media-related topics and other events as well.
465 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills Tel 310.786.1025 http://www.mtr.org

Southwest Museum
A variety of historic Native American art can be found at the Southwest Museum.  Housed in the museum, which is a historic landmark itself, are exhibitions of textiles, pottery, jewelery, drawings and carvings. Native cultures from Alaska to South America are represented in the works.  Other cultures of the region are represented with Spanish Colonial, Latin, and Western American art.  The museum also hosts art shows and other events.
234 Museum Drive Tel 323.221.2164 http://www.southwestmuseum.org