Kid-Friendly Museums that Are Now Open!

Find Museums That have reopened in and near Los Angeles!

As L.A. has moved to Orange Tier, many indoor Museums in Los Angeles have been able to open their doors to the public, and we are excited to list these Museums here for your and your family to enjoy once again.

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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

900 Exposition Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90007

​​Natural History Museum of Los Angeles is an extensive natural history museum with beautiful dramas of North American and African mammals, and a hands-on, interactive Discovery Center with live animals, shells, rocks, bones, insects, and ​other specimens.

Butterfly Pavilion and Nature Gardens are now open for members and the general public! Natural History Museum Los Angeles has reopened to the public on April 1, 2021.

Beginning April 8th, admission to NHM will be free for Los Angeles County residents between the hours of 3 and 5 p.m. Timed tickets must be reserved online and will be available for reservation on a first come/first served basis.

La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

5801 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

Explore the tar pits, go inside the Museum to see what paleontologists have found, and get the inside story of the La Brea Tar Pits and experience how an actual Ice Age dig site works.The Museum also houses animal skeletons, including mammoths, mastodons, dire wolves, saber-toothed cats, and a variety of birds.

LA Brea Tar Pits has reopened to the public as of April 8, 2021. Beginning April 15, admission to La Brea Tar Pits will be free for Los Angeles County residents between the hours of 3 and 5 p.m. Timed tickets must be reserved online and will be available for reservation on a first come/first served basis.

California Science Center

700 Exposition Park Dr.

Los Angeles, CA 90037

​The California Science Center is a dynamic destination where families, and children can explore the wonders of science through interactive exhibits, live demonstrations, innovative programs and awe-inspiring films for free. The Science Center offers self-guided experiences of Permanent and Special Exhibit galleries, Big Lab interactive programs, and IMAX Movies.

Your little scientist can explore California Science Center again starting March 27, 2021. Reservations are required online.

Cayton Children's Museum

395 Santa Monica Pl Suite 374

Santa Monica, CA 90401

The state of the art space in the Santa Monica Mall features 21,000 square feet is filled with immersive elements including a full-size helicopter, fire truck, and veterinary clinic. The kids get to shop for groceries, eat in a café, play chef, go to the vet, become firefighters, or pretend to be a pilot.

Starting March 17th, Cayton Creators resumes its sessions! Each Wednesday and Saturday, at 10:00 am and 11:00 am, families are invited to attend a free outdoor creative arts program. The program is geared for children ages 3-7. Pre-registration is required.

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90049

The Skirball features an extraordinary museum, changing exhibitions, engaging music, theater, comedy, film, family, and literary programs, Zeidler's Café, Audrey's Museum store, and an interactive family destination inspired by the Noah's Ark story—all in a stunning architectural setting designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie.

On April 6, the Skirball campus will reopen to Skirball Members for Noah’s Outdoor Explorers. Specially created for families with young children and inspired by the messages and meaning of Noah’s Ark at the Skirball™, this new Member program will offer an array of meaningful experiences out in the fresh air. On May 15, Skirball opens their doors to the general public with the Southern California debut of Ai Weiwei: Trace, a compelling new exhibition by the famed contemporary artist.

Petersen Automotive Museum

6060 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Mission of Petersen Automotive Museum is to explore and present the history of the automobile and its global impact on life and culture using Los Angeles as a prime example. At Petersen Automotive Museum you get to dive into the world of the automobile in lots of different ways. There are interactive exhibits, art projects, automotive awareness workshops and more.

The Petersen Automotive Museum has reopened to the public on March 25th, offering free admission to health care workers and first responders for the remainder of 2021. The Petersen has also launched three new exhibits.

The Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90024

The Hammer Museum is one of three public arts institutions of the School of the Arts and Architecture at UCLA. It is fueled by dynamic exhibitions and programs including lectures, symposia, film series, readings, and musical performances.

The Hammer will reopen on April 17. Free, advance reservations are required. Capacity is limited. Reservations are made available on a first come, first served basis every other Tuesday. Members get early access to reservations.

Autry Museum of the American West

4700 Western Heritage Way

Los Angeles, CA 90027

​Discover the art, history, and cultures of the American West! Located in beautiful Griffith Park, the Autry features world-class galleries filled with Native American art and artifacts, film memorabilia, historic firearms, paintings, and more.

The museum has reopened to general visitors starting Tuesday, April 6.

Los Angeles County Museum of Arts

5905 Wilshire Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90036

This world-class art museum is a wonderful introduction to art for kids of all ages. The Museum has reopened with 6 new exhibitions and extended presentations of several popular exhibitions. All visitors, including Members, must purchase or reserve an advance timed-entry ticket online or by calling the LACMA Ticket Office at 323 857-6010, 10 am–5 pm daily. No ticket sales onsite.

The Getty Center

1200 N Sepulveda Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90049

The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center in Los Angeles houses European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and photography from its beginnings to the present, gathered internationally.

The Getty Center is planning to reopen beginning in mid-April 2021.

The Getty Villa

17985 Pacific Coast Highway

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

The Getty Villa in Malibu houses approximately 44,000 works of art from the Museum's extensive collection of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities, of which over 1,200 are on view.

The Getty Villa is planning to reopen beginning in mid-April 2021.

​​Los Angeles Fire Department Museum

1355 N. Cahuenga Blvd.

Hollywood, CA 90028

At Los Angeles Fire Department Museum, artifacts and equipment of all types are on display, dating from the 1880s through the present day. There are existing and under-development exhibits as well. Old Station 27 also includes a Fire Service Research Library and a learning center where fire and life safety lessons are shared with both children and adults.

The Museum has reopened since April 10th.

Kidspace Children's Museum

480 North Arroyo Boulevard

Pasadena, CA 91103

There is always so much to do at Kidspace Children Museum. The hands-on exhibits inspire children to be the innovators and creators of tomorrow. From the bottle rocket, tennis ball launcher, and pulleys, there are activities to touch, teach and nurture children's love of science.

Kidspace Children Museum will reopen on April 22. Member tickets are available on April 15. All guests, including children, must have a timed-entry online ticket to enter Kidspace. Members enjoy free admission through the same system along with dedicated reservation capacity all year.

Museum of Illusions

6751 Hollywood Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90028

The Museum of Illusions comes Instagram ready with completely 3D Illusions and Upside Down House exhibit that will take your breath away, transporting you to a world of fantasy and imagination!

The Museum is open to the public with limited capacity.

Museums near Los Angeles That Are Open

Battleship Iowa Museum & Tours

250 S. Harbor Blvd.

San Pedro, CA 90731

Battleship USS Iowa served our country proudly in WWII, Korea, and the Cold War. Today, the historic U.S. Navy ship is an iconic Los Angeles landmark and considered one of the region’s best outdoor museums for families and visitors of all ages. During your visit and tour, you will follow in the footsteps of sailors and mischievous mascot Vicky the Dog, and experience first hand why she is known as the “Battleship of Presidents”, “The Grey Ghost”, and “The Big Stick”.

Battleship Iowa Museum & Tours are now open in-person and online.

The Bunny Museum

2605 Lake Ave.

Altadena, CA 91001

The Bunny Museum is a museum dedicated to rabbits and currently holds more than 35,000 rabbit-related items. Amongst the ever-expanding collection there are ceramic rabbits, stuffed rabbits, cookie-jar rabbits and 9 Rose Parade float rabbits.

Bunny Museum is now open at limited capacity. Masks or face coverings are required. Social distancing is enforced. First come, first hop in.

Automobile Driving Museum

610 Lairport St.

El Segundo, CA 90245

Automobile Driving Museum is home to more than 130 Vintage, Antique and Muscle Cars. The Automobile Driving Museum is a great place to bring your kids for an afternoon of fun and education. They have an activity room for kids with tables for arts and crafts.

The Museum is open for outdoor events at this time, and indoor museum will be reopening on May 1, 2021.

Pretend City Children's Museum

29 Hubble

Irvine, CA 92618

Pretend City Children’s Museum is “the world in a nut-shell.” This Museum is designed for children to learn how the real world works. The museum is a child-size interconnected city built with rich educational intention, where children can assume various real-world roles.

Pretend City has reopened on March 27, 2021.

The Children's Museum at La Habra

301 South Euclid Street

La Habra, CA 90631

The Children's Museum at La Habra features dozens hands-on exhibits, many of which remain unique to the field today. In addition to these exhibits, an outdoor dinosaur garden and historic 1942 caboose, the Museum features an exhibit which changes two times a year.

The Museum has reopened as of April 14th! Days and times of operation will be reduced for the next few months. Make reservations on-line prior to your visit.

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