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Autry National Center (323) 667-2000
Collections of the American West and Native Americans. Family activities include guided tours, gold panning and festivals. Closed Monday. Admission: $4-10. Located in Griffith Park. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. www.theautry.org. Free admission day: second Tuesdays.

 

Beall Center for Art and Technology (949) 824-6206
Revolving exhibits that explore relationships between art, science and engineering. Special family events throughout the year. Closed Sunday and Monday. Free admission. 712 Arts Plaza, University of California, Irvine. www.beallcenter.uci.edu

 

Bowers Kidseum (714) 480-1520
Kidseum offers hands-on exhibits and programs designed around art and culture for pre-school and early-elementary school-aged kids, including a new archeology lab, creating art that glows in the Glow Cave, classes, tours and workshops. Plus, birthday party packages, family events and camps. 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana. www.bowers.org

 

Calif. African American Museum (213) 744-7432
History and culture with a focus on the African American journey from the west coast of Africa to the Western United States. Special events and family days throughout the year. Closed Monday. Free admission; parking, $12-15. Exposition Park, 600 State Drive, Los Angeles. www.caamuseum.org

 

California Science Center (323) 724-3623
Permanent exhibits include Space Shuttle Endeavour, Ecosystems, Air and Space Gallery, World of Life and Creative World. Separate reservations needed for Space Shuttle Endeavor. Free general admission to all permanent exhibits (excludes IMAX and special paid exhibits). Parking, $12. Avoid traffic and ride the Metro Expo Line, exit at the USC/Expo Park station. 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles. www.californiasciencecenter.org

 

Chapman University Exhibits at Leatherby Libraries (714) 997-6815
Huell Howser Archive includes images, text and artifacts, which outline Howser’s career and legacy in California. Located in the basement level. Sala and Aron Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library includes permanent and rotating exhibits of those affected by the Holocaust. Located on the 4th floor. Both exhibits are closed Saturday and Sunday and offer free admission. One University Drive, Orange. www.tinyurl.com/huellhowser, www.tinyurl.com/holocaustmemoriallibrary

 

Children’s Museum at La Habra (562) 383-4236
Hands-on exhibits, plus, enjoy Target Free Sundays on the first Sunday of each month. Fall exhibit: “Time of Giants: Animals of the Ice Age,” September 27 – March 5, 2017, travel back in time and walk amongst giant sloths, woolly mammoths and mastodons. Closed Mondays. Admission: $8. 301 S. Euclid St., La Habra. www.lhcm.org.

 

Getty Center and Villa (310) 440-7300
Getty Center offers seasonal family activities including Family Festivals. Plus, the Family Room is open daily to stimulate kids’ interest in art through projects. The Villa’s activities include the Family Forum and the TimeScape room. Both locations offer free GettyGuide family audio tours and Family Art Detective Cards. Getty Center: 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. Getty Villa: 7985 PCH, Pacific Palisades. Getty Center is closed Mondays. Getty Villa is closed Tuesdays. Admission, free; parking, $15 (the Pay Once, Park Twice program provides a flat $15 parking fee for a same-day visit to both locations). An advance timed ticket is required for the Getty Villa; one ticket includes up to three kids (15 and under). www.getty.edu

 

Hammer Museum (310) 443-7000
Family programs include Hammer Kids and art workshops, family days and family flicks. Plus, download a family or teen guide from their website for an interactive experience in the galleries. Closed Monday. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. www.hammer.ucla.edu. Free admission daily.

 

Huntington Library, Art Collections
and Botanical Gardens
(626) 405-2100
Visit the interactive Children’s Garden (2-7) and the Conservatory for Botanical Science with hands-on science activities (8+). Closed Tuesday. Admission: $10-25. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. www.huntington.org. Free admission: first Thursday, with reserved tickets.

 

Japanese American National Museum (213) 625-0414
Japanese American culture and history. Closed Mondays. Admission: $5-9. 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles. www.janm.org. Free admission: Thursdays, 5-8 p.m., and all-day on the third Thursday.

 

Kidspace Children’s Museum (626) 449-9144
Interactive activities in the arts, sciences and humanities, plus classes, camps, family nights, parenting workshops and special events. Admission: $11. 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. www.kidspacemuseum.org. Free admission on Family Night, first Tuesday night, 4-8 p.m.

 

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum (213) 763-3499
Interactive displays of the Tar Pits and Southern California during the Ice Age. Visitors can watch fossil excavation and assembly in the Fossil Lab. Admission: $5-19. Hancock Park, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. www.tarpits.org. Free admission: first Tuesdays.

 

Laguna Art Museum (949) 494-8971
Kids’ Art Studio, a free, drop-in family art time, third Sundays, 2-4 p.m. Docent-led tours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach. www.lagunaartmuseum.org

 

Long Beach Museum of Art (562) 439-2119
Free family art workshops. Closed Monday – Wednesday. Admission: $6-7. 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. www.lbma.org. Free admission days: Thursday night, 3-8 p.m.; and all day Fridays.

 

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (323) 857-6000
Kids can join NexGen, a free youth membership program that offers free admission for anyone 17 and under as well as free general admission for one accompanying adult. Family activities include painting in the Boone Children’s Gallery, Family Days with tours and art making on Sundays. Family Guides for kids (6-12) are available at the ticket office. Also, pick up an Art Tote for family-friendly activities. Closed Wednesdays. Admission: free – $15. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. www.lacma.org. Kids (17 and under), free daily. Free general admission day: second Tuesday of the month, select federal holidays and Monday – Friday, after 3 p.m. to Los Angeles County residents.

 

Museum of Latin American Art (562) 437-1689
Dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art. 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach. www.molaa.org. Free admission: fourth Friday of each month, from 6-9 p.m., plus every Sunday.

 

Museum of Music Making (760) 438-5996
Explore instruments, who makes them, and what they sound like in the hands of masters, covering 1890s to today, plus try out a large selection of instruments. Closed Monday. Admission: $7-10. 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad. www.museumofmakingmusic.org

 

Museum of Tolerance (310) 553-8403
Interactive exhibits encourage visitors (recommended for 10+) to find solutions to social problems, learn about hate groups and experience the events leading up to the Holocaust and World War II. The exhibit,“Anne,” explores the legacy of Anne Frank, separate ticket required. Closed Saturday. $11.50-15.50. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. www.museumoftolerance.com

 

Muzeo (714) 956-8936
Temporary and often changing exhibits on heritage, culture and arts. Closed Mondays. Admission: $6-10. 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim. www.muzeo.org

 

Norton Simon Museum (626) 449-6840
Free family programs focus on the permanent collection and exhibits. Kids are free. Closed Tuesday. Admission: free – $12. 411 Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. www.nortonsimon.org. Free admission: first Fridays, 5-8 p.m.

 

Pennypickle’s Workshop Temecula Children’s Museum (951) 308-6376
Hands-on inventions, gadgets and experiments. Workshops and special events offered. Closed most Mondays. Admission: $5 (price may differ for special events). 42081 Main St., Temecula. www.pennypickles.org

 

Petersen Automotive Museum (323) 930-2277
View Hollywood cars, race cars, vintage cars and more in their collection. Admission: $7-15. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. www.petersen.org

 

Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology (909) 624-2798
A diverse collection of dinosaur fossils, footprints and trackways. Closed Sunday. Admission: $6. 1175 W. Baseline Road, Claremont. www.alfmuseum.org

 

Skirball Cultural Center (310) 440-4500
Exhibitions, music, theater, comedy, film, family and literary programs, Zeidler’s Cafe, plus Noah’s Ark. Closed Monday. Admission: $7-12. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. www.skirball.org. Free admission day: Thursdays. Note: Advance tickets to Noah’s Ark are highly recommended on weekends and during school breaks; tickets for free Thursdays are first-come, first-served only (no advance tickets), subject to availability.

 

Sports Museum of Los Angeles (888) 540-8223
Exhibits include a scale model of Yankee Stadium, Joe DiMaggio collection, New York Baseball, History of Dodgers: from Brooklyn to today, Black Pioneers of Sports, evolution of bats and more. Closed Monday – Friday. Adults, $15; kids (5-12), $9. 1900 S. Main St., Los Angeles. www.sportsmuseumla.com

 

Tankland American Military Museum (626) 442-1776
Tanks and military vehicles on display. Closed Monday – Thursday. Admission: $1-5. 1918 Rosemead Blvd., South El Monte. www.tankland.com

 

The Paley Center for Media (310) 786-1000
Public accessible archives of television, radio, and new media content, over 160,000 programs and advertisements spanning the history of media, including the U.S. Olympic Archive, and an LGBT media collection. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission: free, donations welcome. 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. www.paleycenter.org

 

Wells Fargo History Museum (213) 253-7166
Features an original Concord Coach, a historically re-created agent’s office, working telegraphs, Western artifacts and a 27-ounce gold nugget. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Free admission and audio guide. Metered parking. 333 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. www.wellsfargohistory.com

 

Zimmer Children’s Museum (323) 761-8984
Kids can be a star at the Mann Theater, pilot the Zimmer Plane, explore music at Rhythms of the World, make a splash at Water Ways and more. Closed Saturday. Admission: $7. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 100, Los Angeles. www.zimmermuseum.org