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One of the best ways to experience Los Angeles is by visiting its incredible cultural attractions. L.A. has more museums and theaters than any U.S. city, and a thriving music and gallery scene. An LA Philharmonic performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall is a must-see, as well as an outdoor concert at the Hollywood Bowl and shows at other famous music venues. L.A.’s world class museums include the stunning Getty Center in Brentwood and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on Museum Row. Monthly artwalks take place throughout the city, including popular events in Downtown L.A. and Venice Beach. And of course, when it comes to film and television, Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world.

Museums & Galleries

Los Angeles has more museums than any city in America. World class cultural attractions are located in Downtown L.A.’s Exposition Park and Museum Row on Wilshire Blvd. The renowned collections of J. Paul Getty Museum can be viewed at the Getty Center and Getty Villa. Pasadena is home to the Norton Simon Museum and the Pacific Asia Museum, while history buffs can tour the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum. L.A.’s gallery scene can be experienced in Chinatown, Bergamot Station and the NoHo Arts District, as well as monthly artwalks. Find out about L.A.’s best museums and…


There’s nothing like a concert in Los Angeles, whether it’s a stadium show or intimate jazz session. L.A.’s world class venues include Walt Disney Concert Hall, Nokia Theatre, Dolby Theatre, the Wiltern and the Palladium. The weather is perfect for outdoor concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, Greek Theatre and John Anson Ford Theatre. Smaller clubs like Conga Room and House of Blues Sunset Strip also present live music. Free concerts include Grand Performances, Music Spotlight Series, and Twilight Dance Series. Tune in to L.A. Tourism for the best Los Angeles music events, festivals and…

Theatre & Dance

There are more theaters in Los Angeles than any U.S. city, and more annual productions than any city in the world. Dance productions range from classic to avant-garde. Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre presents all-time Broadway hits. Center Theatre Group One is of the nation’s largest theatre companies, with programs at the Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre and Kirk Douglas Theatre. KDMC is one of the largest West Coast presenters of dance, while REDCAT is a creative laboratory that nurtures cutting-edge artists. Browse L.A. Tourism’s listings for a memorable night of Los Angeles theatre…

Architecture & Gardens

The Los Angeles landscape is filled with architectural masterpieces and wonderful lush gardens. Pritzker Prize winning architects designed icons like Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Broad Contemporary Art Museum, and the Getty Center. Frank Lloyd Wright designed L.A. landmarks including the Hollyhock House and the Ennis House. L.A.’s urban oases include Descanso Gardens, the Huntington Library, Exposition Park’s Rose Garden, and the Getty Center’s Central Garden. Experience L.A.’s architectural landmarks and beautiful gardens with L.A. Tourism.

Urban Art

Los Angeles has some of the best urban art in the country, with over 1,600 murals that teach history and celebrate cultural diversity. The Chandler Outdoor Gallery is a mural collection in the NoHo Arts District. Hollywood’s urban art includes “You Are the Star” and “Dolores del Rio.” In Downtown L.A., “The Pope of Broadway” depicts a dancing Anthony Quinn, while East L.A.’s “Los Angeles Teachers” features Edward James Olmos and Jaime Escalante. Metro’s Art Department has commissioned over 300 artworks for L.A. County transportation projects. Find LA’s best urban art with L.A. Tourism’s…

Film & Television

Los Angeles locations have made countless appearances in films and TV episodes. Downtown L.A.’s City Hall, Union Station, Millennium Biltmore Hotel and the Bradbury Building have been featured for decades. Historic Hollywood locations include the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and Musso & Frank Grill. L.A.’s natural locations includes San Diego beach and Vasquez Rocks, while legendary studios offer must-see tours for fans. And a sure way to get on TV is to attend a taping of a game show or talk show. Los Angeles film and TV locations are everywhere, find them with L.A. Tourism.


Los Angeles has always been ahead of the fashion curve. Downtown L.A.’s Fashion District is one of the world’s best shopping areas for cutting edge fashion and bargains. Stroll La Brea Avenue and West Third Street for trendy gear and vintage clothing. Rodeo Drive is a couture mecca, while mere mortals can shop with the stars on Robertson Blvd. Ventura Blvd. is a hotspot for vintage and high end fashion alike. Future fashion superstars are being created today at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Start turning heads with L.A. Tourism’s guide to the best of L.A. fashion.

Literary L.A.

From literary icons to unique bookstores, Los Angeles is one of the best cities in the country for book fans. Despite L.A.’s sunny weather, some of its most famous characters were at home in the night, such as Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe and James M. Cain’s characters. The heirs to Chandler and Cain include Michael Connelly and Walter Mosley. John Fante’s Ask the Dust takes place in Bunker Hill, and influenced Charles Bukowski. The L.A. Times Festival of Books welcomes thousands for a celebration of the written word. Read on for L.A. Tourism’s guide to the best of literary Los…