Museums in Los Angeles

I am always looking for places to take my kids that will be fun for all of us and not too pricey. While we certainly enjoy hitting the big amusement parks here in Southern California, we can’t do it very often.

So here are some of the places I like to go: the museums in and around Los Angeles. They are fantastic and provide a wealth of information and entertainment value for my family. And if you time it right, you can do it all for free.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is a wonderful museum, filled with a really wide range of types of art, with something to satisfy everyone, surely. And the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM) at LACMA, which opened in early 2008, showcases an impressive collection of modern art.

My kids love to run through the galleries, which is of course frowned upon, but hey, as long as we’re not touching anything, I figure we’re OK. Plus, it’s free on the 2nd Tuesday of every month! Pack a picnic lunch and you’ve got yourself quite a deal.

Located close-by are the LaBrea Tar Pits and the Page Museum, which may be my kids’ favorite museum of all time. We are all nuts for the old fashioned place, run-down dioramas and all. There are so many dire wolf skulls on display we cannot possibly count them all, and watching the scientists cleaning the bones they’ve pulled out of the tar is really cool. But the best part is out on the grounds, where you can see the black, sticky stuff oozing out of the ground at various spots, and in the summer, you can watch pit 91 as it’s excavated. It’s one of our favorite summer traditions. Admission there is free every 1st Tuesday of the month. And again, pack a picnic lunch and your day is well within budget! Just be sure not to sit in oozing tar!

This is an original post for Ciao Bambino. Sarah Auerswald also blogs at Mar Vista Mom.

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  • Sarah- Thank you so much for the recommendation. We just got back and my kids loved both the La Brea Pits (especially all the sckulls!) and the art museums. What I didn’t realize until our last day in LA, was that the old farmer’s market is walking distance from the tar pits. The farmer’s market was by far the best place for our family to eat.

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