From the Popular Getty Center to hidden museums gems like the Petersons Automotive Museum, Hotel Palomar Los Angeles – Westwood is near the best Los Angeles Museums
If you're a lover of all things cultural, welcome home. Hotel Palomar Los Angeles - Westwood is an ideal location to enjoy the multiple world-class museums nearby. The list of easily accessible stand-outs reads like a "who's who" of cultural institutions. Before you even head out the door to explore though, we've made it easy to dive right in to the area's art scene, turning our hotel into a pop-up gallery, Collaborating with Salazar Contemporary Art Exhibits. We created a self-guided tour of the property so you can get an exclusive primer on acclaimed local artists and see the latest and greatest. While all of the local museums could easily take up a full day or two we've put together suggested itineraries to help you make the most of your time in LA, we're even including some hidden gems that we think you'll enjoy.
Day 1: Put on your comfortable shoes and get ready to check out LA's uber-hip art scene. Begin at The Getty Center in time for a guided tour (or two) and spend the morning discovering unique European and American art works. Eat lunch at The Getty Center Restaurant or Café before heading to LACMA to explore their vast collections for the afternoon. Or if you prefer something a little off the beaten path, check out the Petersen Automotive Museum – an anthropological journey of Americans and their cars in Los Angeles, or the Craft and Folk Art Museum.
Day 2: Begin at MOCA discovering contemporary art. Mix it up a bit and spend the afternoon traveling back in time to experience North America thousands of years ago at the Natural History Museum. If you didn't spent too much time learning about the ice age, squeeze in the Museum of Tolerance before returning to the hotel. And if you still have energy to see more, take an evening stroll to the Hammer Museum, just 3 blocks from Hotel Palomar next to UCLA, and explore the collections of classic and contemporary art.
If you have another day or two check out the Skirball Cultural Center, or the Fowler Museum. Book your stay now at Hotel Palomar LA-Westwood and contact our concierge, (310) 475-8711, to help plan your trip.
The Getty Center - Travel time: 4.3 miles/10 minutes
- Explore dynamic and unique European and American paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs housed among modern architecture and the beautiful central gardens, a sculpture in itself.
- Tickets and tours are free; tours for different exhibits are approximately 1 hour and depart between 10:15 am and 3:30 pm daily
- Open: 10am – 5:30pm Tu, W, Th, Su and 10am – 9pm F, Sa, Closed on Monday.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) - Travel Time: 5.3 miles/ 20 minutes
- Covering 20 acres, it's easy to get lost among the variety of galleries at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States.
- Admission is $15.
- Open: 11am – 5pm M, Tu, Th, 11am – 8pm F, 10am – 7pm weekends, Closed on Wednesday.
Petersen Automotive Musuem – Travel Time: 4.7 miles/20 minutes
- A journey through time of Americans and their cars in Los Angeles beginning at the turn of the 20th century to modern day Hollywood icons.
- Admission is $12, Call ahead to reserve a Vault Tour.
- Open: 10am – 6pm Tuesday – Sunday, Closed on Monday.
Craft and Folk Art Museum – Travel Time: 5.1 miles/20 minutes
- Celebrate cultural diversity and understanding through art, music and community.
- Open: 11am – 5pm Tuesday – Friday, 12pm – 6pm Weekends, Closed on Mondays.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) - Travel Time: 4 miles/10 minutes
- The Museum of Contemporary Art has over 5,000 works from 1940 through to today, featuring art by Warhol, Rauschenberg and Pollock.
- Admission is $12, Free lectures and tours are available.
- Open: 11am – 5pm Monday and Friday, 11am – 8pm Thursday, 11am – 6pm Weekends, Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Natural History Museum - Travel time: 6 miles/10 miles
- Travel back in time to experience North America thousands of years ago. The Natural History Museum houses over 35 million specimens, dating back 4.5 billion years, including the Dinosaur Hall with 20 complete prehistoric creatures and Age of Mammals exhibit with mastodons and mammoths.
- Admission is $12.
- Open: 9:30 am – 5 pm every day, but to beat the crowds we recommend visiting in the afternoon on a weekday or before 10:30am during the weekend.
Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits – Travel Time: 5 miles/10 minutes
- Have more time to explore prehistoric history, check out the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits.
- Admission is $12.
- Open 9:30am – 5pm every day.
Museum of Tolerance – Travel Time: 3.4 miles/8 minutes
- A unique museum dedicated to promoting respect and mutual understanding. Learn about the Holocaust through the eyes of a real child and take a trip in the millennial time machine for a look at human rights issues throughout time.
- Admission is $15.50.
- Open: 10am – 5pm Monday – Friday and 11am – 5 pm Sunday, Closed on Saturday.
The Armand Hammer Museum - Travel Time: 3 blocks/5 minute walk
- Take an evening stroll through the Hammer Museum, as it is open until 8pm on weekdays. Featuring classic and contemporary art works, this museum has something for everyone.
- Admission is $10.
- Open 11–am to 8pm Tuesday – Friday, 11am – 5pm weekends, Closed on Monday.
Fowler Museum on the UCLA campus - 2 miles/6 minutes
- The Fowler Museum hosts dynamic exhibitions and art pieces from Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Americas, including thousands of archaeological objects.
- Admission is free
- Open: 12pm – 5pm W,F,Sa,Su, and 12pm–8pm Thursday, closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Skirball Cultural Center - Travel Time: 6.5 mi/11 minutes
- Visit the Skirball Cultural Center for a cultural emersion into the Jewish heritage in America. With changing exhibitions, engaging music, theater, comedy and films the center is fun for the whole family.
- Admission is $10.
- 12pm – 5pm Tuesday ‐ Friday, 10am – 5pm weekend, Closed on Monday.