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Musuem Square resides in the heart of Miracle Mile, Los Angeles. Stretching on Wilshire Boulevard from South La Brea Avenue to South Fairfax Avenue, Musuem Square is composed of four Museums: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) , La Brea Tar Pits or also known as the Page Museum , The Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM), and Petersen’s Auto Museum.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
LACMA is a must see. It always has new exhibits opening. LACMA’s varied standing collection has more than 100,000 pieces, from every culture in the world. The museum has particularly strong Asian, Latin American, European, American art, and Contemporary collections.
LACMA is a local favorite on Friday (Free Jazz Concert) and Saturday Nights (Salsa Dancing)
Admission $11 for Adult
LA BREA TAR PITS
The tar pits are a naturally occurring phenomena caused by oil evaporation on the pool’s surface that creates tar (in the 1920’s the area was a productive oil field). The tar has trapped prehistoric animals, plants and other specimens, that have been frozen in time. Visitors to the Page Musuem can see fossils discovered in the tar pits and watch archeologists excavate the site live! Over 100 tons of fossils, bones, and artifacts have been recovered from the tar pits. Each fossil must be painstakingly cleaned with magnifying glass and qtip sized probes to scrape the tar and clean the fossils.
The grounds and museum are very kid friendly. The majority of the Museum is focused on Dinosaurs. The Museum is set on a gently sloping hill, so children can have fun rolling down the hill and playing on the expansive park like grounds.
If you are a parent except your child to return from the tar pits wearing tar, especially on their shoes and hands. Bring a towel that can get messy with you to wipe down the kids before leaving and for them to sit on when they are riding in the car.
CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSUEM
Craft and Folk Art Museum hosts a changing display of vibrant exhibitions, family programs, film screening, artists talks, and is home to an award-winning museum shop. Dedicated to international folk art and contemporary craft. CAFAM is directly across the street from La Brea Tar Pits.
General Admission $7
Peterson Automotive Museum
If you arrive by bus, then the first museum you see as you disembark is Petersen’s Auto Museum. It features automotive themes and exhibits. Hot rods, celebrity automobiles, land-speed record cars, motorcycles, artwork and sculpture can be found here.