Los Angeles County Museum of Art has long been an institution that brings innovative and stunning art and culture to the city of LA. Renovations by architect Renzo Piano begun in the early 2000s sought to bring the previously separate buildings into a more cohesive whole.

The museum itself is made up of several different sections that highlight art from ancient times to the present day. You’ll find pre-Columbian works, Picasso paintings and photographs by Ansel Adams.

In addition to the wing with ancient collections, you’ll find the Japanese Pavilion, the sculpture gardens and Broad Contemporary Art Museum. The future Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will be next door in the historic May Company building where I used to shop with my grandma.

Next door to LACMA sits the Page Museum, also known as the La Brea Tar Pits. A silly name since la brea also means the tar. However this is my favorite museum in Los Angeles and definitely worth a look if you are into dinosaurs and pre-historic natural history.

Museum Row, Los Angeles