This amazing gallery sprawls an entire floor of the Desmond Building (c 1927). The art is all modern-edged, including minimalist canvases, strobing video installations, plexiglass orbs and rusted coils of steel. Over they years it's exhibited pretty much every big name, and the current exhibits from a worldwide stable of artists change between weekly and six monthly.

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1. Craft Contemporary

0.39 MILES

This well-respected, intimate, three-story museum features an eclectic mix of world-renowned and local up-and-coming artists in the folk and craft art…

2. La Brea Tar Pits & Museum


Mammoths, saber-toothed cats and dire wolves roamed LA's savanna in prehistoric times. We know this because of an archaeological trove of skulls and bones…

3. Wall Project

0.55 MILES

Ten slabs of the old Berlin Wall, augmented by well known street artists, are on display on the lawn of a Wilshire high-rise across the street from LACMA…

4. Los Angeles County Museum of Art

0.57 MILES

The depth and wealth of the collection at the largest museum in the western US is stunning. LACMA holds all the major players – Rembrandt, Cézanne,…

5. Academy Museum


The future home of the museum of the Oscars is scheduled to open in late 2019.

6. Petersen Automotive Museum

0.72 MILES

A four-story ode to the auto, the Petersen Automotive Museum is a treat even for those who can’t tell a piston from a carburetor. A headlights-to-brake…

7. Grove


Next door to the Original Farmers Market is a faux-European and rather corporate, yet attractive, shopping mall built around a central plaza with a…

8. Original Farmers Market

0.97 MILES

Long before the city was flooded with farmers markets, there was the farmers market. Fresh produce, roasted nuts, doughnuts, cheeses, blini – you’ll find…