This page provides information on some of the many museums in both Pasadena and the larger LA area. To find out about current exhibits at these and other museums, check the Guide4Arts.com site, or for a more comprehensive guide to art in SoCal, try ArtScene.
Museums close to the conference hotelHuntington Library, Art Gallery and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108
The Huntington is an oasis of art and culture set amidst 150 acres of breathtaking gardens. Three art galleries and a library showcase magnificent collections of rare books and manuscripts, 18th- and 19th-century British and French art, American art from the 18th to the early 20th century, and a small but noteworthy collection of Renaissance paintings. The private, nonprofit institution was founded in 1919 by Henry Edwards Huntington and opened to the public in 1928. Highlights of the collection include the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales (c.1410), the Gutenberg Bible (c.1455), Thomas Gainsborough's masterpiece The Blue Boy (c. 1770), Sir Thomas Lawrence's Pinkie (1794), Edward Hopper's The Long Leg, Rogier van der Weyden's Madonna and Child (15th century), the spectacular 12-acre desert garden, the serenely beautiful Japanese garden, the camellia gardens, and much more. English tea in the Rose Garden Tea Room is a popular highlight to a day spent enjoying the cultural treasures of The Huntington.
Norton Simon Museum
European paintings and sculpture range from the 14th to the 20th century. The Museum exhibits Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo masterpieces by Raphael, El Greco, Rubens, Rembrandt, Hals, and Tiepolo, along with works from the 19th and 20th century by Goya, Manet, Monet, Degas, Renoir, van Gogh, Cézanne, Rousseau and Picasso. The print collection boasts some of the finest and rarest etchings by Rembrandt, Goya and Picasso. The South Asian sculpture collection contains major examples from India, Nepal, Thailand and Cambodia.
Pacific Asia Museum
The Pacific Asia Museum preserves, presents and interprets to the public the arts and cultures of Pacific and Asian peoples in the belief that the meeting of East and West in California is one of the most significant events of our time.
Museums within driving distanceArmand Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Located in the heart of Westwood, the Armand Hammer Museum features historical and contemporary art exhibitions organized by UCLA or other major national institutions. In addition, the museum houses the UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, which comprises more than 35,000 works of art on paper including prints, drawings, photographs and artists' books from the Renaissance to the present.
Autry Museum of Western Heritage
The Autry is devoted to preserving and interpreting the rich history and traditions of the American West. With one of the most comprehensive collections of western history and art, its seven permanent galleries and special exhibitions offer material gathered from the many cultures and events that have shaped the legacy of this vast region.
Carole & Barry Kaye Museum Of Miniatures
The 14,000 square foot Carole & Barry Kaye Museum of Miniatures contains hundreds of exhibits, most done in remarkable 1/12 scale, achieving a level of detail inconceivable until seen and even then hard to believe. Architecturally and artistically accurate in their crafting, the exhibits are marvels of accomplishment that transcend their roles as replicas to become individual and original works of art.
The Getty Museum collections comprise seven areas of art from Greek and Roman antiquities to contemporary American and European photographs. Call ahead for parking reservations.
George C. Page Museum
The George C. Page Museum is a research and an educational facility, located in the heart of America's second largest city at Hancock Park along Wilshire Boulevard. The Page Museum is located at the Rancho La Brea Tar Pits, one of the world's most famous fossil localities, recognized for having an unusually diverse assemblage of extinct Ice Age plants and animals. Note: sorry, no big dinosaurs.
Japanese-American National Museum
The Japanese American National Museum is the first museum in the United States dedicated to sharing the experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry. Through building a comprehensive collection of Japanese American objects, images and documents and through a multi-faceted program of exhibitions, educational programs, films and publications, the Museum tells the story of Japanese Americans around the country to a national and international audience.
Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art
MOCA is home to one of the country's finest permanent collections of art since 1940, ranging from masterpieces of abstract expressionist and pop art to recent works by young artists. Both permanent and changing selections from this stellar collection are on view throughout the year.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
LACMA is the premier visual arts museum in the Western United States. Its holdings include more than 150,000 works spanning the history of art from ancient times to the present.
Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, located in Exposition Park, is a national leader in exhibitions, education and research. Opened in 1913, the Museum is one of the pre-emanate natural and cultural history museums in the United States. By size it is the third largest, safe guarding more than 33 million specimens and artifacts. Its ageless Renaissance-style architecture encompasses a vast collection of priceless artifacts. The kid-friendly Discovery Center welcomes children and families with exploration through hands-on, interactive education. The accompanying Insect Zoo, the largest in the Western United States, presents live insects from around the world.
Museum of Jurassic Technology
The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles, California is an educational institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and the public appreciation of the Lower Jurassic. Only museum with a permanent exhibit about stink ants, I bet.
Museum of Neon Art
The Museum of Neon Art (MONA) is a non-profit, cultural and educational organization which exhibits, documents and preserves contemporary fine art in electric media and outstanding examples of neon signs. Founded in 1981, MONA is the only permanent institution of its kind in the world.
Museum of Television and Radio
A nonprofit organization founded by William S. Paley in 1975 to collect and preserve television and radio programs and to make these programs available to the public.
Museum of Tolerance
The Museum of Tolerance is a high tech, hands-on experiential museum that focuses on two themes through unique interactive exhibits: the dynamics of racism and prejudice in America and the history of the Holocaust - the ultimate example of man's inhumanity to man.
Petersen Automotive Museum
Encompassing over 300,000 square feet, the Petersen Automotive Museum showcases over 200 vehicles at any one time. From rare cars to classics, the Petersen Automotive Museum has it all.
The Southwest Museum holds one of the nation's most important museum, library, and archive collections related to the American Indian. In addition it has extensive holdings of Prehispanic, Spanish Colonial, Latino, and Western American art and artifacts. The collections of the Southwest Museum represent Native American cultures from Alaska to South America. The museum contains some of the finest examples of Indian art and artifacts in the United States. Beyond this primary emphasis, the Southwest Museum holds important collections of Mesoamerican and South American Precolumbian pottery and textiles, and Hispanic folk and decorative arts.
1418 Descanso Drive
La Canada, CA 91011
165 acre garden which include 35 acres of camellias, a California Oak forest and five acres of roses. It also contains a bird observation station, a nature trail and numerous ponds and fountains.
The Griffith Observatory has been a major Los Angeles landmark since 1935. It is visited by nearly two million people each year end ranks seventh on the list of major tourist attractions of Southern California. It sits on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood where it commands a stunning view of the Los Angeles basin below. The Observatory is owned, operated, and financed by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks. It was a gift to the city by Col. Griffith J. Griffith (1850 - 1919), who also donated Griffith Park and the Greek Theatre. The Observatory is divided into three main areas: the Hall of Science astronomy museum, the telescopes, and the planetarium theater. All are open to the public and, except planetarium shows, are free of charge. The telescopes operate only when the sky is clear.
Los Angeles State and County Arboretum
Located just 6 miles from downtown Pasadena, the Arboretum is a 127-acre horticultural and botanical center for Southern California. Permanent displays include the Water Conservation Garden and the Tropical Forest.