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4 Museums You Have To Visit In West LA

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People move to West LA for many reasons: The schools, the beaches, iconic landmarks. Another thing that brings people to West LA is the vibrant art and culture scene. You could spend the entire day meandering through West LA and still not have enough time to see all of the art galleries and museums the city has to offer.  

This is why when art lovers are looking for apartments to rent in West LA, they choose buildings like NMS Missouri so they can be close to it all. If you're passionate about art, culture, and history, you'll have to check out these iconic museums in West LA: 

18th Street Arts Center 

Originally designed as a think-tank for artists in the 80’s, the 18th Street Arts Center has grown into one of the biggest artist residency programs in the country. This unique gallery is part artist living space, part public event space, part living art gallery. Events and exhibitions rotate regularly, and walk-in visitors are welcome. Along with their top-rated residency program, the center features the Arts Learning Lab @ Home, which is a series of free online arts classes for kids and families schooling from home. The Market Exchange is another regular event that connects visitors with local artists selling their work.  

The Details: 

Address: 1639 18th Street Santa Monica CA 90404 (offices are in the lime green building next to the patio facing the parking lot). 

The Atrium Gallery and Project Room (located in the Blue 1629 building) 

Telephone: (310) 453-3711 

Gallery/Visitor Hours: Monday–Friday 10 AM – 5 PM 

Closed Saturday and Sunday except during public events. 


  • Free, except for occasional ticketed benefit events.  

Craft Contemporary 

Craft Contemporary was founded in 1973 and presents vibrant exhibitions by new and seasoned artists and designers who are often under-represented and larger art institutions.The focus here is art made from craft media and other processes, ⁣and the name was chosen to “ emphasize the word ‘craft’ as a verb and a noun—celebrating both the act and outcome of making.” Along with its vibrant rotation of exhibits, Craft Contemporary offers classes, workshops, craft at home tutorials and programs for kids and teens.  

The Details: 

Address: 5814 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036 

Telephone: (323) 937-4230 

Gallery/Visitor Hours: Monday – Tuesday: Closed 

Wednesday – Sunday: 11AM – 5PM 


  • Members: Free 

  • General: $9 

  • Students, Teachers: $7 

  • TeenTix Pass Holders: $5 

  • Seniors over 65: $7 

  • Children under 10: $7 

  • Sunday: Pay what you can 

Petersen Automotive Museum 

Not your typical art museum, the Petersen Automotive Museum is a car lover’s dream come true. The museum has over 100 vehicles throughout its 25 creative galleries. There are more in a vault on the building's basement level, but age restrictions and extra fees are involved in visiting the vault collection.On the first floor you’ll find exhibits focused on automotive artistry, with a collection of incredible luxury cars. The upstairs exhibits are designed around design, performance, and interactive teaching exhibits. The third floor walks visitors through the history of the automobile, with an emphasis on the car culture of Southern California. 

Some of the cars, automotive memorabilia, and exhibits include: 

  • An extensive Porsche exhibit (until January 2019), including the rare 1939 Porsche 64, one of only two in existence 

  • An exhibit on the history of the Japanese automotive industry, with many cars on view from Japanese collections 

The Details: 

Address: 6060 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036 

Telephone: 323-964-6331  

Gallery/Visitor Hours: Monday-Sunday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM 


  • Adult- $19 

  • Child- $12 

  • Senior- $17 

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) 

LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States. It attracts nearly a million visitors annually.[7] It holds more than 150,000 works spanning the history of art from ancient times to the present. In addition to art exhibits, the museum features film and concert series. Here you’ll find rooms dedicated to: 

  • Modern and Contemporary Art 

  • American and Latin American art 

  • Asian art 

  • Greek, Roman, and Etruscan art 

  • Photography and 

  • Film 

Along with its one of a kind art displays, the museum also has programs for families, kids and teens. It welcomes small groups and tours, and hosts film and music classes for adults.  

The Details: 

Address: 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 

Telephone: 323-964-6331  

Gallery/Visitor Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 11am-6pm 

Wednesday- Closed 

Friday 11am-8pm 

Saturday and Sunday 10am-7pm 


Bottom Line 

These four museums are just a fraction of the public museums worth visiting in West LA Whether you're into art, film, history, photography, or culture, you can find a museum in the area dedicated to it. The first step in immersing yourself in the vibrant art scene of West LA is finding an apartment to rent. Check out what the NMS Missouri has to offer! 

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