Arts and culture are held in high esteem in Los Angeles. The City of Angels, as LA is often affectionately called, has a number of museums that are educational, interesting and fun. Gone are the days when museums used to be as dry as the desert. People of all ages enjoy the artifacts, displays, exhibits and the interactive elements.
Ramp up your Los Angeles vacation with a trip to these four marvelous venues:
Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art
The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) was established in 1979. It houses one of the most compelling collections of contemporary art globally, with about 7,200 pieces. The museum also has a diverse selection of ground-breaking, historically significant exhibitions of art created post 1940. Current exhibitions include:
- Pipilotto Rist: Big Heartedness, Be My Neighbor;
- Making Space: Recent photography acquisitions;
- Jennifer Packer: Every Shut Eye Ain’t Sleep.
Kidspace Children’s Museum
Kidspace is on 3.5 acres of both indoor and outdoor, interactive environments. The museum has special kids’ workshops every month for children between the ages of five and eight. These are top-notch classes that have included everything from creating beautiful stained glass windows with crayon shavings to candle making. The motto here: Getting messy is an art form. Here are some classes to explore:
- Awesome Asteroid Art: Kids get to make their own asteroid displays using sculpting, painting and color theory techniques;
- Puppet Creations: Kids design puppet characters first, then use socks to bring them to life. Sock puppets are expressive, adaptable, and work whether they are simple or complex in craftsmanship.
You and your family can explore the universe at the Griffith Observatory. With a planetarium, exhibits and a park, this place – perched high on a hill above Hollywood – is a feast for the senses and you can easily spend a day here without your kids ever saying, “I’m bored.” The planetarium is an absolute marvel with every show presented live by an engaging storyteller. During the day, you can see a live image of the sun on the coelostat (solar telescope). Each evening, there are telescopes on the roof and lawn to observe the night sky. This is truly an ethereal experience and one you and your children won’t soon forget. On-going programs include:
- Star parties;
- All Space Considered;
- Sunset Walk and Talk;
- Solstices and Equinoxes;
- Let’s Make a Comet.
When you’re in Los Angeles, you can be near all these awesome venues when you choose to stay at Villa Dominica. This home is a true masterpiece of luxury living that puts you close to everything LA has to offer. Another beautiful option for you is Villa Denise, with its striking contemporary design and beckoning minimalism. It, too, is just minutes away from the famous Beverly Hills Hotel.
California Science Center
This is one cool place for every family member. The marvels of science will enthrall you and your children. Through hands-on experiences in the galleries, you'll learn about human inventions and innovations, the life processes of living things and more. The center also features fantastic special exhibitions that change continually. Spend the whole day immersed in one big science adventure by visiting all the exhibits and watching a 3-D movie in the IMAX theater.
When you book your luxury vacation with LVH we will take care of all your itinerary planning. If any of all of these places interest you, just say the word and we will arrange a very special visit!