MOCA showcases its big names and blockbuster exhibits at its main building on Grand Ave, freeing its original site in Little Tokyo to focus on more experimental, cutting-edge and conceptual works. The gallery itself was converted from a police car warehouse by LA-based starchitect Frank Gehry.

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1. Japanese American National Museum

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A great first stop in Little Tokyo, this is the country’s first museum dedicated to the Japanese immigrant experience. The 2nd floor is home to the…

2. Japanese Village Plaza


The unusual-looking tower is a yagura, a traditional fire-lookout tower typically found in rural Japan. It’s the gateway to this kitschy outdoor mall,…

3. Caltrans District 7 Headquarters

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OK, maybe Caltrans didn’t earn its $150-million digs based on performance, but that doesn’t change the fact that this floating steel-mesh-and-glass…

4. City Hall

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Until 1966 no LA building stood taller than the 1928 City Hall, which appeared in the Superman TV series and 1953 sci-fi thriller War of the Worlds. On…

5. Old Plaza

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El Pueblo’s central, magnolia-shaded square is crowned by a pretty wrought-iron gazebo. Sleepy and a little sketchy during the week, it often turns into a…

6. Hauser & Wirth

0.37 MILES

The LA outpost of internationally acclaimed gallery Hauser & Wirth has art fiends in a flurry with its museum-standard exhibits of modern and contemporary…

7. Chinese American Museum

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Follow the red lanterns to the small 1890 Garnier Building, once the unofficial Chinatown ‘city hall'. Changing exhibits highlight various historical,…

8. Plaza Firehouse

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The city’s oldest fire station (1884) is now a one-room museum filled with dusty old fire-fighting equipment and photographs.