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Exploring Museum Row

Five major L.A. museums, tar pits and unique sidewalk art on Wilshire Boulevard
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Museum Row on the Miracle Mile houses a handful of L.A.’s most popular museums on a stretch of Wilshire Boulevard between La Brea... more »

Tips:  To make this a half day outing, arrive early to spend about an hour at the Page Museum and the La Brea Tar Pits. Next, allow about 90 ... more »

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Points of Interest

The Page Museum houses the Earth’s richest and most important Ice Age fossil collection. Before exploring the exhibits, however, consider watching at least one of the two continuously-playing 10-minute videos explaining how the tar pits were formed and how paleontologists dig and clean fossils.

Animals, such as mammoths and saber tooth cats that ... More

The Page Museum, the La Brea Tar Pits and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) are located in Hancock Park, which has picnic tables, grassy areas and walkways.

The park is popular for its free exhibits, most notably the gated Lake Pit Walk exhibition featuring the world-famous model of a Columbian mammoth trapped in the gooey lake, while... More

It would be easy to spend an entire day admiring LACMA’s 100,000-plus art collection housed in six mega buildings. The museum campus, which spans about three city blocks, encompasses the Pavilion for Japanese Art, Art of the Americas, Ahmanson Building, Broad Contemporary Art Museum, and the Resnick Pavilion, which showcases special exhibitions... More

Located across from LACMA on the southeast corner, the four-story, kid-friendly automotive museum is a car lover’s paradise. Here you can walk through staged exhibits and dioramas that depict the evolution of the automobile and its impact on our culture.

In the Hollywood Gallery, see cars from movies and TV shows including the 1953 VW Beetle... More

The newest addition to Museum Row, this is the only museum in L.A. that continuously shows exhibits of progressive architecture and design. The facility, which serves as a showcase for regional, national and international designers, is popular with engineering students.

Architecture ad Design Museum
6032 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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6. Berlin Wall

Located on the south side of Museum Row across from LACMA are 10 painted sections of the Berlin Wall. The segments are part of The Wall Project of the Wende Museum in Culver City. Seen from the street and sidewalk, the Berlin Wall sections are the largest segment outside of Berlin.

Berlin Wall
5900 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Look for an orange canopy to find this small museum sandwiched between offices and across the street from the Page Museum. This museum showcases the traditional and contemporary works of artists representing international cultures. Changing exhibits may include photographs of Iran, ancient symbols of healing and worship, and L.A.’s Asian-Latin... More

8. Museum Square

Museum Square, which does not house any museums, is an office complex (and the location of the Screen Actors Guild). But it’s known for its collection of restaurants (situated outside the building) and their proximity to all the museums. Here you’ll find Callender's Grill, Johnny's New York Pizzeria, Baja Fresh, Toshi's Asian and Mixt Greens.

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