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Attractions in Los Angeles

Attractions in Los Angeles

Craft and Folk Art Museum

This wonderful little arts and crafts museum is often wrongly overlooked. The changing exhibitions (six to eight per year) in the two galleries contain art and handicrafts from around the world and are intended to introduce the cultures from which these objects come from. An additional plus is the gift shop, where you can buy handicrafts from the exhibitions.

Address: 5814 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles
Phone: (323) 937 42 30
Hours: Open Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 6 p.m.
Closed on Monday.

Website: http://www.cafam.org
Entry fee: Yes.

Disabled access: Yes


The 50 year old Disneyland is the most famous amusement park in the world, and newly added attractions make the “magical kingdom” worth visiting. Disneyland is divided into individual subject areas or “countries” – Main Street USA, Tomorrowland, Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland and Toontown – each has a variety of attractions and entertainment options. The most popular include Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, Star Tours, and the Indiana Jones Adventure. You should also see the fabulous Electrical Parade and the nightly laser show.

Address: 1313 Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim
Phone: (714) 781 45 65
Website: http://www.disney.go.com
Entrance Fee: Yes.

Disabled access: Yes

El Pueblo de Los Angeles (and Olvera Street)

Just north of the financial district, with its huge skyscrapers, is Los Angeles’ birthplace, El Pueblo de Los Angeles, which is now a state-recognized historic site.

In 1781 Don Felipe de Neve and the Catholic priest Junipero Serra, founder of many Spanish missions in California, traveled north from Mexico and established the first village here on the former site of an Indian settlement. Its original name – El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula (the village of our lady, Queen of Angels of Porciuncula) – was disproportionate to the size of the village and was therefore abbreviated to Los Angeles.

Today there are still 27 historic adobe buildings from the early 19th century that pay tribute to the city’s Spanish origins. Particularly noteworthy are the Avila Adobe, the oldest private house in the city, the Old Plaza Church and the Sepulveda House, which now houses the El Pueblo Tourist Information Center. At the heart of this district is Olvera Street. There is a lively market where the so-called Mariachi bands appear, colorful stalls selling Mexican handicrafts and good Mexican restaurants, some of which are still run today by the descendants of the first settler families.

Address: North Alameda Street and Spring Street, Los Angeles
Phone: (213) 628 12 74
Website: http://www.cityofla.org
Entry Fee: No.

Disabled access: Yes

Getty Center

The Getty Center is much more than a museum, and it is best to plan an entire day to visit.

The impressive marble building is located at the foot of the Santa Monica Mountains and was designed by world-famous architect Richard Meier. It not only contains J. Paul Getty’s exquisite art collection (including Vincent van Gogh’s “Iris”), but is also a study center for archeology, cultural and art history, and the humanities.

Paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, furniture and more than 100 artistically illustrated medieval manuscripts are exhibited in the galleries. Lectures, concerts and seminars are also held here.

The Getty Center is surrounded by a beautiful garden with rare exotic and native plants and trees. From the terrace you have a wonderful panoramic view.

Address: Getty Center, Los Angeles
Phone: 310) 440 73 00

Closed on Monday.
Tue, Wed, Thu Fri and Sun open from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Website: http://www.getty.edu
Entry fee: No.

Disabled access: Yes

Getty Villa

The Getty Villa was replaced by the Getty Museum in 1974 and is a beautiful building modeled on the Italian Villa del Papiri.

It housed Getty’s personal art collection and is now an antique museum specializing in the art and culture of ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria. Each room in this museum, designed like a residential building, has a thematic focus. For example, one room thematizes the theater with exhibits about Dionysus and the head of Bacchus, another the Iliad and the Odyssey. There is also an interactive children’s room where the little ones can recreate the works of art with handicraft materials. The museum site alone is worth a visit.

Address: 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Los Angeles
Phone: (310) 440 73 00. Hours of Operation

Wed, Thu – Mon open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Closed on Tuesdays.

Website: http://www.getty.edu
Entry fee: Free entry, but tickets should be ordered in advance (up to three months) by phone or online for a specific date. A limited number of day passes are available at the Getty Center. Parking is chargeable.

Disabled access: Yes

Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Grauman’s Chinese Theater is the most famous of the extravagant cinemas found along Hollywood Boulevard.

Hollywood star Sid Grauman had this building with an exotic oriental facade and a red pagoda roof built in 1927. The most worth seeing is the courtyard in front of the cinema, where the hand and footprints of Hollywood stars are embedded in the cement. This tradition began by chance when the actress Constance Talmadge kicked cement that was still wet at a major premiere. The more unusual trademarks include Jimmy Durante’s nose print and the hoof prints of Roy Rogers’ horse trigger.

Since premieres are still shown in this cinema, there is a good opportunity to see the sumptuous interior. There are also some Art Deco theaters worth seeing nearby, including the Pacific El Capitan, The Egyptian and Pantages.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame leads right past the theater. The path with bronze stars set into the pavement in honor of artists from the film and music industries runs for 5.5 km on Hollywood Boulevard, between La Brea and Gower streets and along Vine Street between Yucca Street and Sunset boulevard. Joanne Woodward received the first star embedded in the pavement in 1960.

Address: 6925 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood
Phone: (323) 463 95 76.
Website: http://www.tclchinesetheatres.com/
Entry Fee: Yes.

Disabled access: Yes

Hollywood History Museum

The Hollywood History Museum is located in the Max Factor Building, which was built in 1935 and was restored to its former glory not long ago. In the museum you can admire props from famous Hollywood films, costumes, photos, posters, scripts, awards and much more.

Visitors can also read Marilyn Monroe’s autopsy report, see a Indiana Jones whip, and even visit Hannibal Lecter’s prison cell. The exhibition begins at the time of silent films at the beginning of the 20th century and leads the visitor chronologically through Hollywood’s golden age in the 30s-50s to the state-of-the-art film projects of today. There are also regular events and lectures on various topics from Hollywood’s film history.

Address: 1660 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles
Phone: (323) 464 77 76
Hours of Operation: Wed – Sun open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Website: http://www.thehollywoodmuseum.com
Entrance Fee: Yes.

Disabled access: Yes

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

This classic twelve-story hotel with 305 rooms is the birthplace of the Academy Awards, because on May 19, 1929, the first Academy Awards were held here.

It is also the oldest operating hotel in Hollywood and is on the National List of Listed Buildings. The Spanish colonial-style building was recently renovated and is one of the cultural and historical sights of Hollywood Boulevard. The Teddy’s Lounge invites you to a cocktail and if you want to spend a night here, you can experience all the magic of old Hollywood in the Marilyn Monroe Suite.

Address: 7000 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles
Phone: (323) 466 70 00 or (1 800) 950 76 67

Around the clock.

Website: http://www.thompsonhotels.com/hotels/la/hollywood-roosevelt
Entry fee: No.

Disabled access: No

Hollywood and Highland

The Hollywood and Higland is a massive entertainment and shopping center that was built alongside other projects to revitalize Hollywood Boulevard.

The five-story building complex is located above the Hollywood and Highland subway station and includes shops, restaurants, nightclubs, cinemas, a hotel, a ballroom and the Hollywood Motion Picture Collection. The Kodak Theater (also known as the Academy Awards Theater), where the Oskar awards are held, is also located here. A wide variety of events are offered, everything from opera to comedy, as well as guided tours behind the scenes. There is also an observation tower that offers panoramic views of the famous Hollywood sign.

Kodak Theater
Tel: (323) 308 63 00.
Internet: www.kodaktheatre.com
With admission fee.

Address: 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood
Phone: (323) 960 23 31

Open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Website: http://www.hollywoodandhighland.com
Entrance Fee: No (attractions with entrance fee).

Disabled access: Yes

Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens

It’s almost impossible to see everything on this spacious property in one day.

In the former home of the railroad magnate Henry E. Huntington you can admire French porcelain, tapestries, American paintings and a remarkable collection of British and French works of art from the 18th and 19th centuries. Famous pieces are Blue Boy by Gainsborough and Pinky by Lawrence.

The library’s four million books include rare books and manuscripts, such as a Gutenberg Bible, a manuscript by Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales from the early 15th century, and early Shakespeare editions

You should also bring some time for the pretty botanical garden, on its 81 hectares there is a Japanese garden, a desert garden and a rose garden. The Chinese ‘garden of flowing fragrances’ is a real work of art. It is said to inspire both the soul and the spirit – like the wonderful Huntington itself.

Address: 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, Los Angeles
Phone: (626) 405 21 00. Hours of Operation

Open Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri from 12 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Closed Tuesdays and Saturdays and Sundays from 10.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Website: http://www.huntington.org
Entrance Fee: Yes.

Disabled access: Yes

Knott’s Berry Farm

This amusement park is the oldest in America and began in the 1930s when Walter Knott built a ‘ghost town’ to entertain customers who were queuing up for his wife’s homemade berry pies and chicken meals.

Today there are several amusement areas, shows and attractions, but most visitors come because of the many hair-raising rides, including Montezooma’s Revenge, Supreme Scream and Ghost Rider, one of the tallest and longest wooden roller coasters in the West.

Address: 8039 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park
Phone: (714) 220 52 00.
Website: http://www.knotts.com Entrance Fee
Hours: Yes.

Disabled access: Yes

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

This museum consists of seven main buildings that surround an inner courtyard. It houses outstanding collections of images and art objects (more than 100,000) that make it one of the leading art museums in the United States.

The huge Ahmanson building shows art, sculptures and handicrafts from Asia, Europe, and North and South America. Highlights of the collection include the Indian and Southeast Asian art collections, which are considered the most beautiful in the western world, the galleries of western art and the pre-Columbian art objects from Latin America.

The museum also includes the Japanese Pavilion, the striking, modern Robert O. Anderson building and the Bing Theater. The first phase of a ten-year expansion project was completed in 2008 with the opening of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA and the BP Grand Entrance (an outdoor pavilion).

Address: 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles
Phone: (323) 857 60 00
Hours: Open Mon, Tue, Thu from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Closed on Wednesdays.
Website: http://www.lacma.org
Entry fee: Yes.

Disabled access: Yes

Marina del Rey

South of Venice, 40 km from Los Angeles, is the resort of Marina del Rey with its beaches, water sports, bike and hiking trails, shops and restaurants. Most activities take place in the artificial marina, which is the largest of the entire nation. More than 5,000 boats and yachts are at anchor here. In Marina del Rey, for example, you can go fishing, watch whales in the open sea, go on a high-speed catamaran or spend a cocktail evening on a ship.

Address: Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey
Phone: (310) 305 95 45.
Website: http://www.visitmarinadelrey.com/
Entrance Fee: No.

Disabled access: No

Mission San Fernando, Rey de España

This mission, founded in 1787, bears the name of a Spanish king, Saint Ferdinand (1217-1252). Most of the original buildings have survived, except for the Old Mission Church, which was reconstructed after the 1971 earthquake. With the help of audio tours, you can explore the church (which the Pope even visited in 1987), the museum, the workshops, the monastery and the park. In the back of the complex is the Bob Hope Memorial Garden with the grave of the world-famous entertainer Bob Hope.

Address: 15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd, Los Angeles
Phone: (818) 361 01 86
Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Website: http://www.missionscalifornia.com/
Entrance Fee: Yes.

Disabled access: No

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

This celebrated art museum, designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, is housed in a red sandstone building and features the works of leading modern artists.

The permanent exhibition shows works by Piet Mondrian and Mark Rothko, among others, while the temporary exhibitions focus on contemporary themes and internationally successful artists.

Pyramid-shaped ceiling lights adorn the bright exhibition rooms, and there is a beautiful fountain in the courtyard. MOCA has a branch, Geffen Contemporary, which is nearby and accessible by a free shuttle bus. In the Geffen Contemporary, changing exhibitions take place in an old factory building. The third MOCA branch is the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, which focuses on contemporary architecture and design.

Geffen Contemporary
152 North Central Avenue
Tel. Like MOCA.

Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood
Free entry.

Address: California Plaza, 250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
Phone: (213) 626 62 22

Open Monday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tue and Wed closed.

Open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Website: http://www.moca.org
Entry fee: Yes.

Disabled access: Yes

Museum of Tolerance

You should plan at least two hours for this thought-provoking, two-theme museum. The Tolerance Center has highly technical, interactive exhibits that try to get to the bottom of religious zeal and racism in America, which was evident, among other things, from the 1992 LA riots.

Most of the museum is dedicated to the Holocaust. Visitors are guided step by step through this exhibition in a one-hour tour, which begins at the Jewish ghettos and ends at Hitler’s concentration camps. Archives and a multimedia study center are located on the upper floor.

Address: 9786 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles
Phone: (310) 553 84 03 or (800) 900 90 36

Open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. From November to March, the museum closes at 3:30 p.m. on Fridays.

Closed on Saturdays.

Open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Entry only up to one and a half hours before the end of visitor time.

Website: http://www.museumoftolerance.com
Entrance fee: Yes.

Disabled access: Yes

Norton Simon Museum

The famous European art collection includes works from the Renaissance to the 20th century, including works by Rembrandt, Picasso, the Impressionists, a collection of sculptures by Degas and important paintings by Rodin. The Southeast Asian and Indian sculptures, which span a period of 2000 years, are breathtaking. The garden inspired by Monets Giverny with small ponds and sculptures is a real oasis.

Address: 411 West Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena
Phone: (626) 449 68 40
Hours of Operation:

Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat and Sun open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed on Tuesdays. Open from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Website: http://www.nortonsimon.org
Entry fee: Yes.

Disabled access: Yes

Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits

In the middle of LA are the La Brea tar pits dating from prehistoric times, in which more than four million fossils from the Pleistocene period 40,000 years ago were discovered. This makes it one of the largest sites in the world for this age.

The museum displays skeletons of long-extinct animal species such as the majestic mammoth, the giant sloth, the saber-toothed cat and the primeval wolf, which have been preserved for centuries in the thick black tar (“brea”) that seeped up through the ground. Visitors can watch paleontologists clean and catalog fossils and watch the excavations from viewpoints next to the tar pits.

Address: 5801 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles
Phone: (323) 934 72 43
Hours of Operation:

Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Website: http://www.tarpits.org
Entry fee: Yes.

Disabled access: Yes


Except for New Year’s Day, which is all about the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl football game, Pasadena is a quiet place. Located at the foot of the San Gabriel mountain range, this city is full of tree-lined streets and nice outdoor shopping arcades such as Paseo Colorado and Salt Lake Avenue. Old Pasadena and the Norton Simon Museum are also worth a visit.

Address: 171 South Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena
Telephone: (626) 795 9311 or 1 800 307 7977.
Website: http://www.pasadenacal.com
Disabled access: Yes

Peterson Car Museum

Here you can admire very rare and beautiful vehicles, such as a completely hand-built Bugatti. However, the real purpose of this museum is to demonstrate the importance of the automobile to Los Angeles.

A street view shows a simple, unpaved road that merges with gravel and eventually asphalt, thus monitoring the development of the city. The architecture and vehicles on this exhibit change over time and culminate in the first “strip mall”, an extensive shopping center on the ground floor, which can be reached by car right up to the front doors.

Don’t miss the Hollywood Gallery, where you can see cars that have been used in films or are privately owned by celebrities.

Address: 6060 Wilshire Drive (and Fairfax), Los Angeles
Phone: (323) 930 22 77. Hours of

Tue – Sun open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Website: http://www.petersen.org
Entry fee: Yes.

Disabled access: Yes

Santa Monica

If you follow Santa Monica Boulevard to the west, you will arrive directly in Santa Monica.

With its small-town atmosphere, cafes, shops and restaurants, Santa Monica is one of the areas with the most pleasant quality of life in Los Angeles, for example there is the only pedestrian zone in the city. However, it is best known for its pier, which protrudes from the wide sandy beach into the Pacific and is one of the most romantic places in LA. The first pier was built in 1909 and served as a landing stage for fishermen. The second followed in 1921 and was built solely for amusement. In the 1970s, both were in a very shabby condition, but have since been restored and revived.

In addition to old arcades and a carousel, there is a new aquarium and Pacific Park, an amusement park with rides, a ferris wheel and a small roller coaster. In summer you can dance to live music on Thursday evenings. It’s best to go to Santa Monica in the evening, because from the westernmost point of Sunset Boulevard you can enjoy spectacular sunsets.

Santa Monica Pier
Colorado Avenue and Ocean Avenue
Tel: (310) 458 89 00
Internet: www.santamonicapier.org
Free entry.

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
Tel: (310) 393 61 49.
Internet: http://www.healthebay.org
With admission fee.

Pacific Park
Tel: (310) 260 87 44.
Internet: www.pacpark.com
Free entry. For each ride / carousel individually.

Address: 1920 Main Street Suite B (Santa Monica Visitor Center), Santa Monica
Phone: (310) 393 75 93 or (1 800) 544 53 19
Website: http://www.santamonica.com
Entrance Fee: No.

Disabled access: Yes

Sports Museum of Los Angeles

On an area of ​​more than 3,000 square meters you can admire over 10,000 sports-related collectibles, especially from the sports of football, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis and cycling (some even from the 19th century). The exhibits of American and international sports history all come from the private collection of the museum’s founder and managing director Gary Cypres.

Address: 1900 S. Main (corner of Washington Boulevard), Los Angeles
Phone: (888) 540 82 23
Opening hours: By arrangement.

Website: http://www.sportsmuseumla.com
Entry fee: Yes.

Disabled access: Yes

UCLA Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center

This impressive collection of old masters, impressionists and post-impressionists was acquired by the late industrialist Armand Hammer. Works by Constable, Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Monet are among the images in the permanent collection, which are shown alternately. A highlight is the collection of Honoré Daumier lithographs. The museum, now run by the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), also houses collections from the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, which includes graphic art from the Renaissance to the modern era. In addition, special exhibitions and accompanying cultural event programs take place regularly. There is also a beautiful sculpture garden.

Address: 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles
Phone: (310) 443 70 00

Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri and Sun open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Open Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Closed on Monday.

Website: http://hammer.ucla.edu/
Entry fee: Yes.

Disabled access: Yes

Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios are partly a film and television studio, partly an amusement park and one of the best attractions in Los Angeles. The visit begins with an exciting small train tour behind the scenes, where you experience a simulated earthquake and a collapsing bridge, and are surprisingly attacked by a shark from the film The Great White Shark and King Kong.

Interactive exhibitions even allow you to experience universal film productions yourself. The studios also give visitors a look behind the scenes of TV productions such as “Crossing Jordan” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”. Stunt performances, musical performances and a variety of adventure trips, such as “Back to the Future”, ensure a fun day on which you can experience Hollywood at its best.
Address: 100 Universal City Plaza, Los Angeles
Phone: (1 800) 864 83 77 25
Hours: Open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., even longer in summer and on some public holidays.

Website: http://www.universalstudios.com
Entrance Fee: Yes.

Disabled access: Yes

Venice Beach

Further south of Santa Monica on the coast is the somewhat more unconventional Venice Beach, whose boardwalk is the best place to experience the joy of life of the Angelenos.

Here you can see street musicians, pantomime artists, painters, fortune tellers, inline skaters and cyclists who pass the time, do their sometimes questionable business and, colorfully – at times only very sparsely – dressed, stroll along the white sandy beach. There are also many shops, small stalls and cafes here. A popular place is also the so-called Muscle Beach, where male and female bodybuilders flex their muscles in the sun.

Address: Marine Street to Venice Pier, Venice Beach
Phone: (310) 392 46 87, extension 6
Website: http://www.westland.net/venice
Entrance fee: No.

Disabled access: No

Walt Disney Concert Hall

The extraordinary stainless steel facade of the building by architect Frank Gehry, in which the LA Philharmonic is at home, shimmers in the sunlight. Inside the building, which can accommodate 2,265 people, is one of the most sophisticated acoustic systems in the world. The huge organ with 6,134 organ pipes is remarkable, ranging from the size of a pencil to a height of 9.5 meters. Even though there are guided tours, it is still best to experience this wonderful concert hall live.

Address: 111 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
Phone: (323) 850 20 00.
Website: http://www.laphil.com
Entrance Fee: Yes.

Disabled access: Yes

Tourist offices

Downtown Los Angeles Visitor Information Center.

Hollywood Visitor Information Center
6801 Hollywood Boulevard
Tel: (323) 467 64 12.
Hours of Operation: Daily 10 AM-10PM.

Address: 685 South Figueroa Street (between Wilshire Boulevard and Seventh Street), Los Angeles
Phone: (213) 689 88 22
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm.

Website: http://www.discoverlosangeles.com

Beverly Hills Visitors Bureau

The Beverly Hills Visitors Bureau provides information online or by phone.

Address: 239 South Beverly Drive, Los Angeles
Phone: 1800 345 22 10
Hours: Daily 8.30am-5pm.

Website: http://www.beverlyhillscvb.com

West Hollywood Convention and Visitors Bureau

The West Hollywood Convention and Visitors Bureau provides information online or by phone.

Address: 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood
Phone: (310) 289 25 25 or (800) 368 60 20.Opening
Hours: Daily 8.30am-6pm.

Website: http://www.visitwesthollywood.com

Visitor passes

With the CityPass (Tel: (1 888) 330 50 08; Internet: www.citypass.com) you have reduced admission to four attractions (up to 50%) – at Starline Movie Star Homes Tours, at the Red Line Hinter-den- Scenes of city tours, the Hollywood Wax Museum and either a guided tour of the Kodak Theater or the Hollywood Museum. The CityPass is valid for a further 29 days after being used for the first time. You can buy the pass on the Internet or at the first attraction you visited. Go LA Card (Tel: (617) 671 10 01 or (866) 652 30 53; Internet: www.golosangelescard.com) offers passports that are valid for one to several days. You get up to 35% discount on 35 attractions.

Hollywood sign, Los Angeles