Museums in Southern California


Why are museums fun or interesting? Why are most of them so quiet? Why can’t you touch what you see? What’s in an art gallery besides “art”?

The answer depends on which one you go to!

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Unless you’re an art or history buff, you might not appreciate ALL that an art gallery or historical collection of artifacts has to offer. Don’t worry… A lot of people have favorite gallery picks just after their first visit, you’re not alone!

If you know what your general interests are or even what you are open to looking at, you can pick one that will be best suited for your next visit!!

Sometimes all you need to think about is what your hobby might be, what your previous experience has been when touring certain galleries or if your interest might be with period artifacts.

Several types of art institutions are out there from art, historical, war, and yes… even “hands on” museums just for kids!

Most of the time you will have a general idea of what is at a certain gallery or art center or you might only know the location by its name alone.

Sometimes you will find exhibits or traveling exhibits available for limited viewing or a limited time. If you know what exhibits are there, you might be more eager to visit and enjoy your trip sooner or later. After all, these exhibits don’t last forever!!


There are many California museums to explore! Each of these institutions hold many historical artifacts, have dedicated art galleries, and provide opportunities to see modern art from local artists.

Some of the locations listed have FREE admission or offer FREE admission with the Bank of America FREE admission program.

Here, you’ll find some of the popular institutions, art galleries and art centers reviewed for you.

You will also find some that are off the beaten path, these might interest you more!

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When you review each specific location you will find information regarding admission prices, address, phone number and other basic information.

Each section will include a Tips section. You will find need to know information and tid-bit facts that might not be included on the institutions website.

Examples are parking tips, how to call ahead for tours, what else to do in the area after your visit, and how to get discounts or when to visit to get in FREE!!

You will also find pictures of each location to help you visualize what your visit might look like!

As they say with photographs and art, “A picture is worth a thousand words”. Therefore, it is understood pictures can describe more than mere words for a review of each location.

You will find the pictures draw your curiosity and you will want more information about each institution and gallery! Don’t let your curiosity stop there!!

Take a day trip with your kids, family, or friends and enjoy a bit of culture and fun at one of these locations this weekend!

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