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Los Angeles Museums: Santa Monica and Malibu



Museums in Santa Monica

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. [Photo Credit:] Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
[April 2021 update - (Saturdays & Sundays) The Aquarium is currently operating outdoor patio exhibits, which include two animal displays: tidepool creatures and the full lifecycle of sharks with shark pups]
A marine science learning center and aquarium located under the Santa Monica Pier. Features interactive lessons and activities to introduce students to the basic concepts of marine environmental studies. Open to the general public, or to student groups.

18th Street Arts Center
[April 2021 update - Open by appointment only]
This is a collective of artists whose work is showcased in the center's gallery, which is open on weekdays and for special events on various weekends and holidays. 18th Street Arts Center is one of the top artist residency programs in the US, and the largest in Southern California.

Bergamot Station
[April 2021 update - Most galleries are open Fridays, Saturdays and by appointment]
A creative arts complex, featuring artist galleries and innovative businesses.

Museum of Flying
[April 2021 update - Temporarily closed]
Houses a rare collection of World War II fighter aircraft. The interactive children's wing features fun and educational kiosks, vintage aircraft suspended from the ceiling, and videos showing dramatic footage of historic planes in action. There are hundreds of model aircraft, and the Museum also has a theater. (operates Wednesday through Sunday)

Museums in Malibu

Getty Villa in Malibu. [Photo Credit:] Getty Villa in Malibu

Getty Villa
[April 2021 update - Getty Villa reopens on April 21]
Roman-inspired architecture and gardens, plus exhibits of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities arranged by themes. Admission is free although you must get reservations before you visit. The museum is closed on Tuesdays, and various Wednesdays. Parking costs $15.

Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum
[April 2021 update - Temporarily closed]
The Adamson House Tour is a guided tour through the house which contains its original furnishings and is decorated with the renowned Malibu Potteries tile. The Malibu Lagoon Museum adjoins the Adamson House and contains a collection of artifacts, rare photographs and documents depicting the colorful history of Malibu. Admission to the Museum is free.

Frederick R Weisman Museum of Art
[April 2021 update - Temporarily closed]
Open Tuesday - Sunday, 11 AM to 5 PM, and one hour prior to most performances through intermission. [Pepperdine University] (free admission)



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