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3 Free & Must-See Museums in South Los Angeles
Explore Art and the Cultures Around You

Museums are a fun and effective way to learn. They not only teach us about art and history, but they teach us about different cultures. 

1. California Science Center

2. California African American (CAAM)

3. La Plaza de Cultura Y Artes

4. Plan Your Trip

California Science Center

Photo courtesy of California Science Center website

What was supposed to be a State Exposition Building, quickly became a staple in science learning. The museum, which was built in 1912, is now a place where families come together to learn about STEM and get to see the space shuttle (shown above) that has completed 25 missions into space. The California Science Center is open daily from 10:00am-5:00pm. Although admission to their gallery and space shuttle Endeavour are free, IMAX Tickets do require reservations and tickets must be purchased ahead of time.

California African American (CAAM)

CAAM was founded in 1977, but officially opened in 1981. It has been a staple in African American art, it currently houses the largest collection of art pieces by African, African American and Diasporic artists in the Western U.S. with over 5,000 collections. The museum is only open Wednesday- Saturday from 10:00am-5:00pm and Sundays from 11:00am-5:00pm. 

La Plaza de Cultura Y Artes

Although La Plaza de Cultura Y Artes sits right outside of South Los Angeles, we wanted to share this beauty as it is a newer museum. La Plaza de Cultura Y Artes teaches us about Mexican American culture, history, and includes a 1920’s Downtown Los Angeles exhibit. What is really cool and unique about La Plaza de Cultura Y Artes is that it’s a two-building museum. The second building offers a family-learning opportunity, where families get creative and cook together at La Plaza Cocina. 

Plan Your Trip

Be sure to plan your trip ahead of time and visit each of the websites for complete details on exhibits, location and parking. 

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