For museums located in Hollywood, refer to PLACES OF INTEREST and VISUAL ARTS.
Chinese American Museum
425 N. Los Angeles St. (in Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, across from Union Station), (213) 485-8567. Hours: Tues-Sun 10am-3pm. Closed 1-1:30pm (lunch).
Craft and Folk Art Museum
5814 Wilshire Blvd., (323) 937-4230. Traditional folk arts and objects handcrafted. Hours: Tues-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 7 Sun 12-6pm. www.CAFAM.org
The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Dr., (310) 440-7300. Open every day except Mon and major holidays. Admission Free. Parking fee $15. Hours: Tue-Fri 10am-5:30pm, Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-5:30pm.
The Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., (310) 4400-7300. Admission free; Tickets must be reserved; parking $15. Open every day except Tues and major holidays. Hours: 10am-5pm.
The GRAMMY® Museum
800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 765-6803. Celebrates all forms of music; the creative process; the art and technology of the recording process ; and the history of the GRAMMY® Awards. Hours: Sun- Fri 11:30am-7:30pm and Sat 10am-7:30pm. www.grammymuseum.org
UCLA Hammer Museum of Art & Culture
10899 Wishire Blvd., (310) 443-7000. Traveling exhibits, as well as those from late philantropist's personal collection. Hours: Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat 11am-7pm, Thurs 11am-9pm & Sun 11am-5pm. www.hammer.ucla.edu
Japanese American Nat'l Museum
369 E. 1st St., (213) 625-0414. Chronicles over 130years of Japanese American history. Hours: Tues-Fri, Sat & Sun 11am-5pm, Thrus 12-8pm. www.janm.org
L.A. County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wishire Blvd., (323) 857-6000. The premier visual art museum in western United States. Hours; Mon/Tues/Fri 12-8pm, Fri 12-9pm, Sat &Sun 11am-8pm. Closed Wed. www.LACMA.org
Los Angeles Museum of Holocaust
7500 Beverly Blvd. (323) 651-3704. The first Holocaust museum in the U.S. Free admission. Hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-4pm, Fri 10am-2pm, Sun 12pm-4pm. Reopens Oct 10 at new location in Pan Pacific Park. www.lamoth.org
Museum of Contemporary Art
250 S. Grand Ave., (213) 626-6222, Extensive collection of art from 1940 to present. Mon and Fri 11am-5pm, Thurs 11am-8pm, Sat & Sun 11am-6pm, closed Tues and Wed.
Natural History Museum of L.A. County
900 Exposition Blvd., (213) 763-DINO. Declared a National Landmark in 1975. Hours: 9:30am-5pm dayly. www.nhm.org
Page Museum at La Brea Tar Pits
5801 Wilshire Blvd., (323) 934-PAGE. Museum includes the only active paleontological excavation site in U.S and features Ice Age fossils. Hours: Mon-Sun 9:30-5pm. www.tarpits.org
The Paley Center for Media
465 N. Beverly Dr., (310) 786-1000. Over 100,000 radio and TV programs to hear and see. Open Wed-Sun 12-5pm. www.paleycenter.org
Pacific Asia Museum
46 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 449-2742. One of only four institutions in the United States dedicated exclusively to the arts and culture of Asia and Pacific Islands. Wed-Sun 10am-6pm. www.pacificasiamuseum.org
Pasadena Museum of California Art
490 East Union St., Pasadena, (626) 568-3665. Museum dedicated to the exhibition of California art from 1850 to the present. Hours: Wed-Sun 12pm-5pm. www.pmcaonline.org
Peterson Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd., (323) 930-2277. Classic and modern, motorcycles and transportation history. Hours: Tues-Sun 10am-6pm, open most holiday Mondays. www.peterson.org
Norton Simon Museum
411 West Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 449-6840. Features European art from Renaissance to 20th century and a stellar collection of South and Southeast Asian art spanning 2,000 years. Hours: Mon-Sun 12-6pm, Fri 12-9pm, closed on Tuesdays. www.nortonsimon.org
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., (310) 440-4500. Explores connections between 4,000 years of Jewish heritage and American ideals. Hours: Tues-Fri 12-5pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm. Closed Mon. www.skirball.org
Southwest Museum of American Indian
234 Museum Dr., (323) 221-2164. Closed for restoration until 2013. www.theautry.org
Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolearance
9786 W. Pico Blvd., (310) 553-8403. Exhibits on racism and prejudice. Free parking. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm, closed Sat. www.museumoftolerance.com