Museums in Mid-Wilshire

  • 26 May 2007
  • Anonymous (not verified)


There are no less than 5 museums in close proximity in the area of Wilshire Blvd. between Fairfax Avenue and LaBrea Avenue, with a sixth under construction. The most important of these is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, famed for its permanent collections and ever changing exhibitions.

Next door is Los Angeles' early mammal museum--mammoths, saber-toothed tigers--the George C. Page Museum , better known as the LaBrea Tar Pits. Nearby are the diverse Petersen Automotive Museum, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, and the Korean-American Museum. Across the street to the west from LACMA at the old May Company building a motion picture museum is in preparation. 


Los Angeles County Museum of Art

5905 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90036
323 857-6000
LACMA is open every day except Wednesdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Mon-Tues, Thurs 11 am–5 pm, Fri 11 am–8 pm, Sat-Sun 10 am–7 pm
Under 18 Free, Seniors & Students  $10, General adult: $15

With 100,000 objects dating from ancient times to the present, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the largest art museum in the western United States. Its seven-building complex is located on twenty acres.  Among the museum’s special strengths are its holdings of Asian art; Latin American art, ranging from pre-Columbian masterpieces to works by leading modern and contemporary artists including Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and José Clemente Orozco; and Islamic art, of which LACMA hosts one of the most significant collections in the world.


George C. Page Museum of La Brea Discoveries (Tar Pits)

5801 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 936-2230

Extinct mammals, like the saber-toothed cats and mammoths, and birds, like Merriam's Teratorn and Grinnell's Eagle, roamed the Los Angeles Basin for several hundred thousand years. These and other extinct species were entrapped and their remains were preserved between 40,000 and 10,000 years ago at Rancho La Brea, during the last of four great Ice Ages at the end of the Pleistocene Epoch. Since 1906, more than one million bones have been recovered at the La Brea Tar Pits, representing over 231 species of vertebrates. In addition, 159 kinds of plants and 234 kinds of invertebrates have been identified. It is estimated that the collections at the Page Museum contain about three million items.




Petersen Automotive Museum

6060 Wilshire Blvd. (at Fairfax), Los Angeles
(213) 930-CARS

Everything you ever wanted to see up close in automobiles, from classic cars of the early 20th century to special exhibits on Cars of the Stars, lowriders, motorcycles, and automotive-related displays. Fun for the whole family. Classroom tours available to teachers.

At this time the Petersen website,, is being reported as hacked and dangerous to access.


The Craft and Folk Art Museum

5814 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036
Across the street from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
(323) 937-4230 Fax: (323) 937-5576

CAFAM is a 35-year old museum that pioneered support in the Los Angeles area for the aesthetic and cultural merit of traditional folk arts and objects crafted by hand. The museum is known for its exhibitions reflecting the diverse culture groups and contemporary craft artists of the Southern California region, and its cross-cultural programming. CAFAM has developed national touring exhibitions.



The Korean-American Museum

3727 West Sixth Street, Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA, 90020
(213) 388-4229 FAX: 213/381-1288

The Korean-American Museum is a joint project of several Koreatown organizations and maintains an active website. It sponsors exhibits on the Korean-American experience.



The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is building the world's leading film museum, and one of Los Angeles' most important new cultural institutions and tourist destinations—the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano and celebrated Los Angeles architect Zoltan Pali, the Museum will be dedicated to exploring the history and future of the motion picture.

6067 Wilshire Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Currently under construction on Museum Row in the historic May Co. building at Wilshire & Fairfax. This had previously been owned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and was known as LACMA West. As of early August 2012 the LACMA West designation is still on the building.  For more information: