A list of museums located within Los Angeles County of southern California.

Museums located within the City of Los Angeles, while also within LA County, are found separately listed on the List of museums in Los Angeles, California.

The list includes museums and art galleries — of historical, cultural, ethnic, science, and arts organizations, nonprofit organizations, government departments, university and college facilities, and private or corporate collections — that have galleries, buildings, and or open air spaces with exhibits and works open for public viewing.

It currently does not include virtual museums, although some of the listed physical museums have notable online collections also.

 

 

Museums

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NameTown/CityRegionTypeSummary
Adamson HouseMalibuGreater Los Angeles AreaHistoric house1929 home decorated with Malibu Potteries tile, tour includes adjoining Malibu Lagoon Museum in the former garage, with exhibits of local history
Adobe de PalomaresPomonaSan Gabriel ValleyHistoric house1850s adobe ranch home, operated by the Historical Society of Pomona Valley
Alhambra Historical Society MuseumAlhambraSan Gabriel ValleyLocal historyLocated in Burke Heritage Park[3]
American Military MuseumEl MonteSan Gabriel ValleyMilitary, military vehicles and artillery
American Museum of Ceramic ArtPomonaSan Gabriel ValleyArtAlso known as AMOCA, collection includes Southern California dinnerware, Mettach ceramics, industrial ceramics, factory made ceramics, ancient vessels from the Americas, fine porcelains of Asia and Europe, and functional and sculptural contemporary ceramics
Angels AtticSanta MonicaWestsideToyDollhouses, toys, and miniatures in a restored 1895 house
Antelope Valley College Art GalleryLancasterAntelope ValleyArt, located in building FA1, the Fine Arts Building
Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic ParkLake Los AngelesAntelope ValleyNative Americanobjects created by the American Indian cultures of the western Great Basin, California and the Southwest
Armory Center for the ArtsPasadenaSan Gabriel ValleyArt 
Art Center College of Design GalleriesPasadenaSan Gabriel ValleyArtIncludes the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, Public Programs Gallery and Lobby, Student Gallery, Undergraduate Fine Art Galleries, Wind Tunnel Gallery[4]
Automobile Driving MuseumEl SegundoSouth BayAutomotive, restored antique, classic and special interest cars
Baldwin Park MuseumBaldwin ParkSan Gabriel ValleyLocal historyOperated by the Baldwin Park Historical Society, located inside the Arts and Recreation Center[5]
Bert Rodriguez MuseumWest HollywoodWestsideArt 
Blackbird AirparkPalmdaleAntelope ValleyAviation, annex of the Air Force Flight Test Museum at Edwards AFB, museum and outdoor displays including a Lockheed SR-71A, a D-21 drone and a U2 “D”; near the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark
Bunny MuseumPasadenaSan Gabriel ValleyCommodityOver 26,000 bunny collectibles
Burbank Police and Fire MuseumBurbankSan Fernando ValleyMultipleOpen to the public one Saturday a month[6]
California Heritage MuseumSanta MonicaWestsideArt, American decorative and fine arts, includes Monterey Furniture and many examples of California tile and pottery
Casa Adobe de San RafaelGlendaleSan Fernando ValleyHistoric house, owned by the City of Glendale
Catalina Island MuseumSanta Catalina IslandLos Angeles Harbor RegionLocal historyLocated in the Catalina Casino, includes Native American artifacts, over 10,000 photographs and images, a large collection of Catalina-made pottery and tile, ship models and maritime artifacts
Centennial Heritage ParkGlendoraSan Gabriel ValleyOpen airOperated by the Glendora Preservation Foundation, includes Hamilton House, carriage house, windmill, citrus grove, print shop[7]
Claremont Museum of ArtClaremontSan Gabriel ValleyArt 
Clarke EstateSanta Fe SpringsGateway CitiesHistoric house[8]
dA Center for the ArtsPomonaSan Gabriel ValleyArt, community arts center with exhibitions
Descanso GardensLa Cañada FlintridgeSan Gabriel ValleyHistoric houseBotanic gardens, also features Boddy House,a 22-room mansion
Doctors House MuseumGlendaleSan Fernando ValleyHistoric house, late 19th-century Victorian house, operated by the Glendale Historical Society
Dominguez Rancho Adobe MuseumRancho DominguezLos Angeles Harbor RegionHistoric houseAdobe ranch home, also known as Rancho San Pedro
Downey History CenterDowneyGateway CitiesLocal history, operated by the Downey Historical Society
Duarte Historical MuseumDuarteSan Gabriel ValleyLocal historyOperated by the Duarte Historical Society[9]
Durrell House MuseumAzusaSan Gabriel ValleyHistoric houseAlso known as Azusa Historical Museusm, operated by the Azusa Historical Society[10]
El Monte Historical MuseumEl MonteSan Gabriel ValleyLocal history 
Firehouse Jail MuseumCovinaSan Gabriel ValleyLocal historyOperated by the Covina Valley Historical Society, former jail, features orange industry documents and artifacts[3]
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, GlendaleGlendaleSan Fernando ValleyArtThe Forest Lawn Museum exhibits western bronzes, stained glass, historical American pieces, original paintings and cultural artifacts, with specific displays for different locations around the world
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, CaliforniaMalibuGreater Los Angeles AreaArtPart of Pepperdine University, works from the collections of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation
Gallery 825West HollywoodWestsideArtOperated by the Los Angeles Art Association
Gamble HousePasadenaSan Gabriel ValleyHistoric house1908 Craftsman-style house
George Westmore Research Library & MuseumBurbankSan Fernando ValleyCosmetics, cosmetics and hair styling memorabilia, currently closed and seeking new location
Gilb Museum of Arcadia HeritageArcadiaSan Gabriel ValleyLocal history 
Gilbert Sproul MuseumNorwalkGateway CitiesLocal historyOperated by the City of Norwalk, open on the first Sunday of the month[3]
Glendora Historical Society MuseumGlendoraSan Gabriel ValleyLocal history 
Gordon R. Howard MuseumBurbankSan Fernando ValleyLocal historyOperated by the Burbank Historical Society, includes the 1887 Victorian Mentzer House, a memorabilia building including a Lockheed Aviation display, vintage vehicles, 19th century era rooms[3]
Hargitt House MuseumNorwalkGateway CitiesHistoric houseOperated by the City of Norwalk, late 19th-century Victorian house, open on the first and third Saturdays of the month[3]
Hathaway Ranch MuseumSanta Fe SpringsGateway CitiesLocal historyEarly California ranch life and the oil boom of the 20s and 30s
Hayes House & MuseumSan GabrielSan Gabriel ValleyLocal historyOperated by the San Gabriel Historical Association[3]
Heritage House, CovinaCovinaSan Gabriel ValleyHistoric houseOperated by the Covina Valley Historical Society, early 20th-century period Craftsman-style home[3]
Heritage Junction Historic ParkSanta ClaritaSanta Clarita ValleyOpen air, operated by the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society, includes several historic houses, a railroad station, schoolhouse, chapel
Heritage ParkSanta Fe SpringsGateway CitiesOpen air, includes authentic Tongva Native American village, ranch home, and train depot complete with locomotive
Hermosa Beach Historical MuseumHermosa BeachSouth BayLocal historyOperated by the Hermosa Beach Historical Society[3]
Historical Society of Long Beach MuseumLong BeachLos Angeles Harbor RegionLocal history[3]
Huntington LibrarySan MarinoSan Gabriel ValleyMultipleLibrary, art collection, historic Beaux-Art mansion and botanical gardens
Hurst Ranch Historical CenterWest CovinaSan Gabriel ValleyAgriculture, early 20th century ranch and farm with equipment, tools
International Printing MuseumCarsonLos Angeles Harbor RegionHistoryWorking demonstrations of antique printing machines, history of books and printing, inventions and inventors that have changed the world
Joe Davies Heritage AirparkPalmdaleAntelope ValleyAviation, outdoor display of military and civilian aircraft flown, tested, designed, produced or modified at United States Air Force Plant 42
Justice Brothers Private Automotive CollectionDuarteSan Gabriel ValleyAutomotiveHistory of the Justice Brothers and auto racing[3][3]
Kidspace Children's MuseumPasadenaSan Gabriel ValleyChildren's 
La Casa Primera de Rancho San JosePomonaSan Gabriel ValleyHistoric house1837 adobe home, operated by the Historical Society of Pomona Valley
La Historia Historical Society MuseumEl MonteSan Gabriel ValleyEthnicCulture of the barrios of El Monte[18]
Lancaster Museum of Art and HistoryLancasterAntelope ValleyMultiple, also known as MOAH, three locations focusing on the art, history and culture in the Antelope Valley, includes the Western Hotel Museum
Lanterman HouseLa Cañada FlintridgeSan Gabriel ValleyHistoric house1915 Arts & Crafts-style bungalow
Latino Art MuseumPomonaSan Gabriel ValleyArt, Latin American contemporary art
Leonis AdobeCalabasasSan Fernando ValleyLivingCalifornia ranch life of the late 19th century
Lomita Railroad MuseumLomitaSouth BayRailroadSteam locomotives
Long Beach Firefighter's MuseumLong BeachLos Angeles Harbor RegionFirefighting 
Long Beach Museum of ArtLong BeachLos Angeles Harbor RegionArtAmerican decorative arts objects, early 20th-century European art, California Modernism and contemporary art of California
Lopez AdobeSan FernandoSan Fernando ValleyHistoric house 
MAK Center for Art and ArchitectureWest HollywoodWestsideArtChanging exhibits that challenge the relationship between art and architecture; located in the Schindler House
Mayme A. Clayton Library & MuseumCulver CityWestsideAfrican-American, history and culture of African Americans in the United States, with a special focus on Southern California and the American West, collections of Mayme Agnew Clayton
Manhattan Beach Historical Society MuseumManhattan BeachSouth BayLocal historyLocated in the cottage at Polliwog Park[19]
Martial Arts History MuseumBurbankSan Fernando ValleySportsA historic and cultural look at Asian forms of martial arts, changing exhibits
Mission San Gabriel ArcángelSan GabrielSan Gabriel ValleyHistoric churchAlso contains a museum about the church's history
Monrovia Historical MuseumMonroviaSan Gabriel ValleyLocal history 
Monterey Park Historical MuseumMonterey ParkSan Gabriel ValleyLocal historyOperated by the Monterey Park Historical Society[20]
MOCA at The Pacific Design CenterWest HollywoodWestsideArtPresents new work by emerging and established artists, branch of Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Museum of FlyingSanta MonicaWestsideLocal historyIncludes 50 vintage aircraft, and the desk/office of Donald Wills Douglas, Sr. and executive boardroom of Douglas Aircraft Company, which was headquartered in Santa Monica
Museum of Jurassic TechnologyCulver CityWestsideArtThis is a meta-museum, full of loving irony. Includes a Russian Tea Room.
Museum of Latin American ArtLong BeachLos Angeles Harbor RegionArtContemporary Latin American art
Museum of Neon ArtGlendaleSan Fernando ValleyArtArt that incorporates neon lighting including neon signs and kinetic art
Nan Rae Gallery Woodbury UniversityBurbankSan Fernando ValleyArt,
Neff ParkLa MiradaGateway CitiesLocal history, contains Neff Home, a historic house museum, and Neff Barn with local history exhibits
Norton Simon MuseumPasadenaSan Gabriel ValleyArtCollections include European Impressionist paintings, sculpture, tapestry and some South Asian sculpture
Old MillSan MarinoSan Gabriel ValleyMill1816 adobe grist mill for Mission San Gabriel, also known as El Molino Viejo Museum
Oldest McDonald's RestaurantDowneyGateway CitiesFoodThird McDonald's restaurant, features original design and museum
ONE National Gay & Lesbian ArchivesWest HollywoodWestsideLGBTExhibitions of LGBT art, photography and history from the archives, part of the University of Southern California Libraries
Pacific Railroad Society MuseumSan DimasSan Gabriel ValleyRailroad, operates from former San Dimas AT&SF Depot
Pacific Island Ethnic Art MuseumLong BeachLos Angeles Harbor RegionArtArt works and artifacts from Pacific islander nations.[26]
Paley Center for MediaBeverly HillsWestsideMediaFormerly the Museum of Television & Radio
Palos Verdes Art CenterRancho Palos VerdesSouth BayArtCommunity visual art gallery and school.[25]
Pasadena City College Art GalleryPasadenaSan Gabriel ValleyArt 
Pasadena Museum of California ArtPasadenaSan Gabriel ValleyArtArt and design that originates from California
Pasadena Museum of HistoryPasadenaSan Gabriel ValleyMultipleIncludes Fenyes Mansion with turn-of-the-20th-century furnishings and art, the Finnish Folk Art Museum and changing exhibits of local culture and history
Paul Gray PC MuseumClaremontSan Gabriel ValleyTechnologyPart of Claremont Graduate University, history of personal computers, located in the Center for Information Systems and Technology
Pico Rivera Historical MuseumPico RiveraSan Gabriel ValleyLocal history, housed in an 1887 train depot, operated by the Pico Rivera History and Heritage Society
Pio Pico State Historic ParkWhittierSan Gabriel ValleyHistoric houseAdobe home of Pío Pico, the last Governor of Alta California under Mexican Rule
Point Vicente Interpretive CenterRancho Palos VerdesSouth BayNatural history, adjacent to Point Vicente Light, natural and cultural history of the peninsula with a special emphasis on the Pacific gray whale
Point Vicente LightRancho Palos VerdesSouth BayMaritimeLighthouse tours
Pomona College Museum of ArtClaremontSan Gabriel ValleyArt, part of Pomona College, collection includes 15th- and 16th-century Italian panel paintings, Pre-Columbian to 20th-century American Indian art and artifacts, American and European prints, drawings, and photographs
Pomona Ebell Museum of HistoryPomonaSan Gabriel ValleyLocal history, operated by the Historical Society of Pomona Valley
Queen MaryLong BeachLos Angeles Harbor RegionMuseum shipOcean liner
RailGiants Train MuseumPomonaSan Gabriel ValleyRailroadLocated at Fairplex, historic locomotives
Ramona Museum of California HistorySan GabrielSan Gabriel ValleyHistory, California history, operated by the Native Sons of the Golden West
Rancho Los AlamitosLong BeachLos Angeles Harbor RegionHistoric houseEarly 19th century adobe ranch house and barns with animals
Rancho Los CerritosLong BeachLos Angeles Harbor RegionHistoric house1844 two-story Monterey-style adobe home
Raymond M. Alf Museum of PaleontologyClaremontSan Gabriel ValleyPaleontologyPart of The Webb Schools, vertebrate, invertebrate, and track fossils
Redondo Beach Historical MuseumRedondo BeachGreater Los Angeles AreaLocal historyLocated in the 1904 Queen Anne House[21]
Richardson House and Lizzie's Trail InnSierra MadreSan Gabriel ValleyHistoric site, operated by the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society
Rowland Home & Dibble MuseumHacienda HeightsSan Gabriel ValleyHistoric houseCurrently closed
Rubel CastleGlendoraSan Gabriel ValleyArtEclectic mix of rock buildings, discarded items and a renovated citrus packing house
Ruth Chandler Williamson GalleryClaremontSan Gabriel ValleyArtPart of Scripps College, collection focuses on contemporary ceramics; American 19th and early 20th century paintings and works on paper; American, European, and Japanese prints; photography; Asian paintings and decorative arts
Salvation Army Museum of the WestRancho Palos VerdesSouth BayHistoryHistory of the Salvation Army in the Western United States
San Dimas MuseumSan DimasSan Gabriel ValleyLocal historyOperated by the San Dimas Historical Society
San Gabriel River Discovery CenterSouth El MonteSan Gabriel ValleyNatural historyMuseum to complement the existing Whittier Narrows Nature Center, focus on local watershed issues.[31]
Santa Monica History MuseumSanta MonicaWestsideLocal historyOperated by the Santa Monica Historical Society,[27]
Santa Monica Museum of ArtSanta MonicaWestsideArtContemporary art
Saugus Train Station MuseumSanta ClaritaSanta Clarita ValleyRailroadOperated by the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society at Heritage Junction Park.
Schindler HouseWest HollywoodWestsideHistoric houseDesigned by architect Rudolf Schindler, also features the MAK Center for Art and Architecture
South Pasadena Historical MuseumSouth PasadenaSan Gabriel ValleyLocalOperated by the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation
Southern California Medical MuseumPomonaSan Gabriel ValleyMedicalLocated at Western University of Health Sciences, history, photos and artifacts of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing and allied medical fields
Taylor HouseWest CovinaSan Gabriel ValleyHistoric house1912 Craftsman style farmhouse
Temple City Historical MuseumTemple CitySan Gabriel ValleyLocal historyOperated by the Historical Society of Temple City
Torrance Art MuseumTorranceSouth BayArtModern and contemporary art
Torrance Historical Society & MuseumTorranceSouth BayLocal history[22]
Toyota USA Automobile MuseumTorranceSouth BayAutomobileToyota automobiles and history, open by appointment only
University Art MuseumLong BeachLos Angeles Harbor RegionArt, on the campus of California State University, Long Beach
USC Pacific Asia MuseumPasadenaSan Gabriel ValleyArtArts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands
Vincent Price Art MuseumMonterey ParkEastsideArt, part of East Los Angeles College, includes art from Africa, Peruvian and Mexican artifacts dating from 300 B.C., North American Indian Art, and important works from the renaissance to the present day
Virginia Robinson GardensBeverly HillsWestsideHistoric houseEarly 20th century period landscape, historic mansion and botanical gardens
Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports MuseumPomonaSan Gabriel ValleyAutomotiveMemorabilia, automobiles and motorcycles related to the sport of hot rodding
Warner Bros. MuseumBurbankSan Fernando ValleyMediaPart of the VIP Tour of Warner Brothers Studio, motion picture and television memorabilia
Wende MuseumCulver CityWestsideHistoryHistory and culture of the Cold War, particularly in East Germany, Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union
Western Museum of FlightTorranceSouth BayAviationOperated by the Southern California Historical Aviation Foundation, collection of notable jet and propeller-drive airplanes
Whittier MuseumWhittierSan Gabriel ValleyHistoric houseOperated by the Whittier Historical Society
William S. Hart Ranch and MuseumSanta ClaritaSanta Clarita ValleyHistoric houseSpanish-revival home of William S. Hart, contains original furnishings, western art, mementos of early Hollywood and Native American artifacts; operated by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Workman and Temple Family Homestead MuseumIndustrySan Gabriel ValleyHistoric houseFeatures the 1870s Workman House, 1920s La Casa Nueva, a Spanish Colonial Revival mansion, and El Campo Santo, one of the region's oldest private cemeteries

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