9 of Los Angeles’ Best Cultural Sites

Los Angeles is one of the most culturally rich cities in the USA. It’s residents hail from various parts of the world, making it a very cosmopolitan center and the secondlargest city in America. There’s a wide variety of places to see and activities to do in and around the city.

No matter what your cultural tastes are, there’s something in Los Angeles for people of all interests and ages. These are some of the most popular.

1. The Fowler Museum of Cultural History:

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The Fowler Museum of Cultural history is located in the north campus of UCLA. The museum explores global cultures and arts with an emphasis on the past and present of Asia, Africa, the Americas and the Pacific. The Fowler hopes to enhance appreciation and understanding of the diverse people, religions and cultures of the world. It offers publications, interpretive and informative exhibitions and public programming as well as cultural events.

2. The California African American Museum:

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The museum is home to many exhibits, programs and special events. It opened formally in 1984 and is now housed in Exposition Park. It is 44,000 square feet in size and features three large exhibition galleries as well as a theater gallery, sculpture court, archives, special events room, research library, and artifact areas.

3. The Museum of Tolerance:

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This museum (MOT), is one of a kind. It’s the educational arm of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. This is a human rights organization that is dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and respect via community partnerships, civic engagement and education. It opened in 1993 and is popular with students. It features special events, interactive exhibits, and customized programs for adults and youths.

4. The Hollywood Wax Museum:

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The Hollywood Wax Museum sits near the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame and is the oldest wax museum in America, having opened in 1965. It’s also the country’s only wax museum that’s devoted completely to celebrity figures. You’ll see likenesses of some of show businesses’ most famous movie stars and television personalities.

5. The Travel Town Museum:

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The original objective of the Travel Town Museum was to be a railroad petting zoo. The museum was dedicated in 1952 as a transportation museum as well as a recreation center. The museum is currently growing and developing at a fast pace and has plenty to offer those who are interested in transportation exhibits, particularly railways.

6. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art:

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The Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA) features about 100,000 items dating back from ancient historical times up until the present. LACMA is the biggest art museum in western America. It offers a variety of public programs, exhibitions, and research facilities which attract about a million visitors every year. It’s a seven-building complex located in the heart of Los Angeles.

7. The California Science Center:

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The Science Center is designed to stimulate people’s curiosity and to inspire science learning by creating memorable and fun experiences. It’s one of the most popular museums in Southern California and has attracted more than 18 million interested visitors since it opened in 1998. The museum offers science learning by mixing exhibits and educational programs.

8. The Museum of Contemporary Art:

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This museum opened in 1979 and is exclusively devoted to contemporary art. This includes a wide variety of exhibitions based on artwork that was created since 1940. There are more than 5,000 works to explore for educational and entertainment purposes. The museum is housed in three facilities: These are the MOCA at California Plaza, the Pacific Design Center, and the Geffen Contemporary.

9. The American Film Institute:

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The American film Institute (AFI) is dedicated at preserving the history of the motion picture and to honor the artists as well as their work. It also aims at educating the country’s next generation of artists and storytellers. The institute provides leadership when it comes to recognizing and celebrating film, digital media, and television excellence. The non-profit cultural and educational organization is open to the public to share its exhibits and ideas.

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