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California Science Center
00 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037
323-SCIENCE (724-3623)
|www.californiasciencecenter.org

The California Science Center is an admission-free venue with permanent and changing exhibits and related educational programming. The museum is now the permanent home for the Space Shuttle Endeavor, which made its historic final flight from Edwards Air Force Base to its new home in Los Angeles aboard its ferry aircraft in September 2012.

The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
310-440-7330
www.getty.edu

The Getty Center unites the J. Paul Getty Trust’s museum, institutes and grant program in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. The centerpiece of the 110-acre complex is the museum and its collections of pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, decorative arts and photographs. The Getty Villa, in Pacific Palisades, California, is a secondary location and is both a museum and educational center. Admission is free, but advance reservations are required. Both locations charge for parking.

L.A. County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-857-6000
www.lacma.org

The L.A. County Museum of Art complex is the largest art museum in the western United States. The collections comprise more than 135,000 objects from around the world and span the history of art from ancient times to the present. In addition to presenting numerous exhibitions each year, the museum also sponsors concerts, film programs and lectures that complement its collections.

Natural History Museum of L.A. County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
213-763-DINO (3466)
www.nhm.org

The Natural History Museum has detailed habitats of African, North American and exotic mammals; birds, insects and marine life; dinosaur displays and prehistoric fossils; and mineral and cut gemstone collections. The “Becoming Los Angeles” exhibit tells the 500-year story about how Southern California went from tiny pueblo to sprawling metropolis.

La Brea Tar Pits & Museum
5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
213-763-3499
www.tarpits.org

The only consistently active urban ice age excavation site in the world, the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits is home to one of the world’s largest and most diverse collections of Late Pleistocene fossils. Displays include saber-toothed cats, dire wolves and mammoths. Visitors can witness scientists and volunteers at work inside the glass-walled Fossil Lab, as well as the excavation process at Project 23, where a cache of recently unearthed fossils was discovered. Note that tar continually oozes up across the grounds and is not always marked.

San Diego Air & Space Museum
2001 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
619-234-8291
www.sandiegoairandspace.org

The history of aviation from the dawn of flight to the age of space travel is depicted through displays featuring early gliders, Wright brothers’ glider reproductions, a Spirit of St. Louis replica, barnstormers, early mail planes, World War II aircraft, modern fighters and a NASA space capsule.

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