Schedule of Reopening of Kid-Friendly Museums in and Near LA!

LA County Public Health has entered Phase 3 of the Roadmap to Recovery, allowing for the reopening of museums. Here we have made you a list of kid-friendly museums in and near Los Angeles, and their schedule for reopening! We will update this list as more museums start reopening.

When Do Museums Reopen?


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. Peterson Automotive Museum is excited to announce that they are reopening on June 19, 2020. All tickets are advanced and must be purchased in advance. New museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $11 for kids, and $14 for seniors.


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 will be reopening on June 18th for members and June 26, 2020 for general public. All admissions require a reservation for one 3 hour session. Make all reservations online. The museum will not be accepting cash payments. Masks are required for all guests over age 5.


Kidseum at Bowers Museum

1802 N. Main Street

Santa Ana, CA 92706

Kidseum is a high-tech and interactive children museum with a focus on it's mission, "Igniting imagination through exploration," stressing the excitement of art, archaeology and world cultures. Bowers Musuem is reopening on June 19, 2020. Their current featured exhibition Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic will be extended through October 18!

Face coverings will be required for all staff and visitors. 6 feet social distancing will be maintained throughout the building, and hand sanitizing stations have been added throughout the building.


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! Hollywood's famous Museum of Illusions has reopened on June 12, 2020!


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. NHMLA is still slowly welcoming back staff and is in the process of planning for new health and safety protocols in the galleries, and they will not be reopening until later in the summer. 


La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

5801 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

The La Brea Tar Pits in Hancock Park had pits of tar in which animals got stuck and died during the latter par of the last Ice Age. LA Brea Tar Pits & Musuem is still slowly welcoming back staff and is in the process of planning for new health and safety protocols in the galleries and the gardens, and they will not be reopening until later in the summer. 


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. As of June 13, 2020, the California Science Center remains closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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. As of June 13, 2020, the Cayton remains closed temporarily to protect the health of the community. Check back in the coming weeks for updates.


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 more. As of June 13, 2020, the Skirball remains closed, but for now you can join them on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter, and sign up for Skirball e-news.


The Broad

221 S. Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Broad is a contemporary art museum on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. While The Broad is still closed, they are offering you ways to experience art and culture during social distancing. You can join them on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter, and sign up for weekly emails for updates.


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. As of June 13, 2020, the Hammer Museum remains closed.


Autry Museum of the American West

4700 Western Heritage Way

Los Angeles, CA 90027

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 Autry is setting its own institution-specific reopen date in order to assure adequate preparations for a safe and enjoyable visitor experience. They will announce their eventual reopening date as well as instructions and guidelines for visitors on their website as well as on their social media channels. 


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. As of June 13, 2020, LACMA remains closed. Follow @lacma on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter regarding reopening dates.

Griffith Observatory

2800 East Observatory Rd.

Los Angeles, CA 90027

Griffith Observatory is an icon of Los Angeles, a national leader in public astronomy, a beloved civic gathering place, and one of southern California's most popular attractions. Griffith Observatory is closed until further notice. Griffith Park access trails and hiking are open, including Observatory grounds. Face coverings and social distancing are required. Parking is limited. The Fern Dell park entrance will also remain closed.


The Getty Center

1200 N Sepulveda Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90049

The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks to inspire curiosity about, and enjoyment and understanding of, the visual arts by collecting, conserving, exhibiting, and interpreting works of art of outstanding quality and historical importance. The Getty Center and Villa remain closed as of June 13, 2020 in response to coronavirus. But, on their redesigned homepage you will find links to free enriching and inspiring content for you to Watch, Listen, Learn, Read, and Browse at home.


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. As of June 13, 2020, The Getty Center and Villa remains closed to support emergency response to coronavirus.

Travel Town Museum

5200 Zoo Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90027

The mission of Travel Town is to educate the public about railroad history as it pertains to the development of the Southwest Region of the United States, particularly the Los Angeles area. As of June 13, 2020, the Travel Town Museum remains closed to the public. You can call 323-662-5874 with your questions.


Discovery Cube Los Angeles

11800 Foothill Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 91342

Discovery Cube is a discovery center with hands-on science education that delights, challenges, and encourages kids​. Even though Discovery Cube remains closed as of June 13, 2020, it is offering a series of virtual summer camps to continue to support experiential science learning and fun for children in grades K-8 this summer. The new virtual camps, beginning on June 29, are structured for 3 hours per day of fun science engagement using a mix of learning modalities. 


Grammy Museum at LA Live

800 W. Olympic Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90015

The Grammy Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, the history of the Grammy Awards, and the premier recognition of recorded music accomplishment. Grammy Museum remains closed as of June 13, 2020.


​Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

40 Presidential Drive

Simi Valley, CA 93065

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation features the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, the Reagan Center for Public Affairs, the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Presidential Learning Center, and more. Ronald Reagan Library and Museum remains closed as of June 13, 2020. But Museum's online store is open.


​​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. The Fire Museum and Memorial and the Harbor Fire Museum will be closed through June.


Kidspace Children's Museum

480 North Arroyo Boulevard

Pasadena, CA 91103

From the bottle rocket, tennis ball launcher, and pulleys, there are activities to touch, teach and nurture children's love of science at Kidspace Children's Musuem. The Musuem will remain closed as of June 13, 2020 but you can find virtual experiences and resources for learning with Kidspace-At-Home!


Discovery Cube Orange County

2500 N. Main Street

Santa Ana, CA 92705

Discovery Cube is a new discovery center with hands-on science education that delights, challenges, and encourages kids​. Even though Discovery Cube remains closed as of June 13, 2020, it is offering a series of virtual summer camps to continue to support experiential science learning and fun for children in grades K-8 this summer. The new virtual camps, beginning on June 29, are structured for 3 hours per day of fun science engagement using a mix of learning modalities.