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Best museums in Los Angeles

  • Best museums in Los Angeles
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    Best museums in Los Angeles

    The United States is home to more than 35,000 museums, according to data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. These cultural strongholds run the gamut of natural history, world wars, art, and even children's books.

    While some fancy a trip to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. or the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, others like to cozy up in a corner and read the Very Hungry Caterpillar at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, Mass. How does one define a museum?

    Early museums housed private collections curated by individuals, while today's museums—many of them major tourist attractions—are filled with art, history, science, artifacts, fossils, historical documents, and some curious collections. Along with exhibitions of art, history, and science, Stacker unearthed museums filled with bananas, popcorn, and some very odd stuff.

    All across the U.S., visitors can find museums to explore any subject that piques the imagination. A trip to Washington D.C. provides an opportunity to visit a number of iconic museums for free. A visit to Boston means getting to enjoy the Museum of Fine Arts or learn about the Boston Tea Party ships. In California, travelers can tour the International Museum of Bananas before popping by the Wyandot Popcorn Museum in Ohio or The Museum of Bad Art in Massachusetts.

    Have you ever checked out the museums in your area? To determine the best museums in Los Angeles, Stacker turned to data from Foursquare (data current as of April 19, 2019). All museums were ranked by Foursquare’s algorithm, which predicts the “best” museums based on combined factors of the number of check-ins, rating signals, category matches, tips, and photo trends. Click through this gallery to find out which are the best museums Los Angeles has to offer.

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  • #10. Samuel Oschin Planetarium
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    #10. Samuel Oschin Planetarium

    - Address: 2800 E. Observatory Ave., Los Angeles
    - Foursquare rating: 9.1
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  • #9. Hammer Museum
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    #9. Hammer Museum

    - Address: 10899 Wilshire Blvd (at Westwood Blvd), Los Angeles
    - Foursquare rating: 9.2
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  • #8. Getty Sculpture Garden
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    #8. Getty Sculpture Garden

    - Address: 1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles
    - Foursquare rating: 9.2
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  • #7. California Science Center
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    #7. California Science Center

    - Address: 700 Exposition Park Dr. (at Figueroa St.), Los Angeles
    - Foursquare rating: 9.3
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  • #6. Petersen Automotive Museum
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    #6. Petersen Automotive Museum

    - Address: 6060 Wilshire Blvd (at Fairfax Ave.), Los Angeles
    - Foursquare rating: 9.3
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  • #5. Space Shuttle Endeavour
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    #5. Space Shuttle Endeavour

    - Address: 700 Exposition Park Dr., California Science Center, Los Angeles
    - Foursquare rating: 9.4
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  • #4. The Broad
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    #4. The Broad

    - Address: 221 S. Grand Ave. (at 2nd St.), Los Angeles
    - Foursquare rating: 9.5
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  • #3. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
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    #3. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

    - Address: 900 Exposition Blvd (at Vermont Ave.), Los Angeles
    - Foursquare rating: 9.5
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  • #2. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
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    #2. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

    - Address: 5905 Wilshire Blvd (at Fairfax Ave.), Los Angeles
    - Foursquare rating: 9.5
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  • #1. J. Paul Getty Museum
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    #1. J. Paul Getty Museum

    - Address: 1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles
    - Foursquare rating: 9.6
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