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6 museums in Downtown L.A.

6 museums in downtown LA

Are you planning a visit to Los Angeles? Considering visiting its downtown / civic center area? Are you the type to check out a city’s museums? In our research to develop a Tourist Scavenger Hunt in Downtown L.A., we came across a lot of information. Some we use exclusively in the actual scavenger hunt, but other we’d like to share with you.

As part of that research, we came across many museums. You can see these museums as you do the scavenger hunt. To enumerate, here are 6 museums in Downtown L.A.

Article updated on 2 August 2019

6 museums in Downtown L.A.

  1. the broadThe Broad

    • The Broad is a contemporary and modern art museum. It is named for philanthropist Eli Broad who financed the $140M building which houses these collections.
    • It is located on Grand Ave. next to the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

    • The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) ‘s collection and touring exhibits feature work created since 1940.
    • MOCA also has another branch downtown, the Geffen Contemporary at 152 North Central Avenue in Little Tokyo, and a branch at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.
  3. Wells Fargo History Museum

    • Located at 333 S Grand Ave, this museum traces the history of Wells Fargo, an important Bank in America. It covers everything significant from its founding in 1852 to their stagecoach service, art, and archives of all kinds.
  4. Japanese American National Museum

    • Located at 100 N Central Ave, this museum is full of historical exhibits exploring over 130 years of the Japanese-American experience.
  5. The Main Museum of Los Angeles

    • This museum opened in 2016 and still has sections under contraction. Until it is completed it actually goes by the name “Beta Main”. It is a site for testing and learning in anticipation of the creation of The Main.
    • It is located at 114 W 4th
  6. Grammy Museum L.A. Live

    • A little outside the downtown core at 800 W Olympic Blvd, the Grammy Museum presents interactive exhibits & showbiz artifacts honoring music greats past & present.

We invite you to try our Downtown L.A. Tourist Scavenger Hunt. It is a 2-hour guided walking tour throughout the downtown core of Los Angeles you do on your mobile phone (how it works).  It only costs $30 for your entire group. Moreover, you will enjoy seeing the sights and hidden gems you might have missed otherwise. All this while completing challenges and learning about Downtown L.A.’s history.

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