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August 2021 update - these museums are open unless otherwise noted. Reservations might be required and some restrictions may apply, so please check each venue's website for details.



Hollywood Bowl Museum

Hollywood Bowl Museum
[August 2021 update - Temporarily closed]
Features history, photos, posters, videos, and rock memorabilia from events at the Hollywood Bowl. Admission is free. Hours vary by season, so check the website to find out when the museum is open.

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit
This is a limited-time event held at 6400 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. The exhibit features 300,000 cubic feet of animated artwork by Vincent van Gogh. The exhibit is designed and conceived by Massimiliano Siccardi, with soundtrack by Luca Longobardi, both of whom pioneered immersive digital art experiences in France. The event is scheduled to run at least through the end of the year (2021). The show has been selling out, so get tickets far in advance.

Hollywood Heritage Museum
Dedicated to the early days of filmmaking in Hollywood. The Museum features archival photographs from the silent movie days of motion picture production, movie props, historic documents and other movie related memorabilia. Also featured are historic photos and postcards of the streets, buildings and residences of Hollywood during its heyday. [across the street from Hollywood Bowl]

The Hollywood Museum on Highland Avenue near Hollywood Boulevard. [Photo Credit:] The Hollywood Museum

Hollywood Museum
[August 2021 update - Hollywood Museum reopens during August]
The museum contains four floors full of artifacts, movie props, costumes, memorabilia, dioramas, pictures, posters, old film equipment and other exhibits related to Hollywood movies and motion pictures.

On the first floor there are "makeup rooms" dedicated to famous actresses like Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe and Loretta Young. These rooms contain costumes, pictures, multimedia displays and other exhibits. There are cases filled with artifacts such as scripts, letters and contracts plus magazines and newspapers featuring the actresses.

The second and third floors are full of displays, including props from famous Hollywood movie scenes, costumes, posters, antique film equipment and other displays. Exhibits range from tiny jewelry worn in films, to large objects like Marilyn Monroe's 1961 Cadillac Fleetwood.

The Hollywood Museum holds enough exhibits to keep you occupied for hours. But it's not open every day, and it closes at 5PM, so plan accordingly. The museum is located on Highland Avenue at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard.

L.A. Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park. [Photo Credit:] L.A. Municipal Art Gallery

Hollyhock House / Barnsdall Art Park
[August 2021 update - Outdoor areas are open; Indoor exhibits and activities are temporarily closed]
A collection of buildings and art objects located within a park on Hollywood Boulevard, about two and a half miles east of Hollywood and Highland. On the premises:

LA Fire Dept Historical Society Museum
Preserving and sharing the rich history of the LAFD by remembering, memorializing and honoring fallen firefighters and educating the public on fire and safety tips.

Museums on Hollywood Blvd

Some of the attractions on Hollywood Blvd are museums:

  • Madame Tussauds Hollywood - interact with lifelike wax figures of your favorite celebrities without ropes or barriers between. The museum features movie stars, musicians, sports figures and more, spanning decades of entertainment history. The gift shop offers souvenirs, and can make a wax mold of your own hand!
  • The following three attractions are just east of the intersection at Hollywood Blvd and Highland Avenue, walking distance from Madame Tussauds. They are open until midnight on weekends.
    • Ripley's Believe It or Not - showcases odd trivia from Ripley's Believe It or Not book.
    • Ripley's offers a combo deal that includes Madame Tussauds
    • Guinness Book of Records Museum - next door to Ripley's Believe It or Not you will find the Guinness Museum, which features exhibits related to the famous World Book of Records.
    • Hollywood Wax Museum - The original wax museum on Hollywood Boulevard is still there! Features hundreds of wax figures depicting famous people and celebrities.
    • Guinness Museum and Hollywood Wax Museum each offer a combo deal that includes both attractions
  • (More Hollywood Boulevard Links)



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