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Museums in Los Angeles, California

Posted last August 18, 2015, 11:09 am in Nightlife report article

People have different views about the role and function of museums. In my opinion, museums can and should be both entertaining and educational.On the one hand, it can be argued that the main role of a museum is to entertain. Museums are tourist attractions, and their aim is to exhibit a collection of interesting objects that many people will want to see. The average visitor may become bored if he or she has to read or listen to too much educational content, so museums often put more of an emphasis on enjoyment rather than learning.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Getty
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Norton Simon Museum
Hammer Museum
Hollywood Wax Museum
Petersen Automotive Museum
The Getty Villa
Museum of Tolerance
The Museum of Jurassic Technology
Japanese American National Museum
Autry National Center
Madame Tussauds Hollywood
Skirball Cultural Center
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
California African American Museum
The Hollywood Museum
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Travel Town Railroad
Korean American National Museum

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Chinese American Museum
Fort MacArthur Station
Pasadena Museum of California Art
Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum
Automobile Driving Museum
Western Museum of Flight
Craft & Folk Art Museum
Los Angeles Police Society
The Annenberg Space for Photography
Drum Barracks Civil War Museum
California Heritage Museum
Griffith Observatory
The Wende Museum
A+D Architecture & Design Museum
Martial Arts History Museum
Hollywood Heritage
Los Angeles Maritime Museum
Heritage Square Museum
Ace Museum

Pacific Asia Museum
Museum of African American Art
Paley Center For Media
California Science Center
The Banning Museum
The African American Firefighter Museum
International Printing Museum
Grier Musser Museum
USC Fisher Museum of Art
Wells Fargo History Museum
Guinness World Records Museum
Holyland Bible Knowledge
Ripley's Believe It or Not
Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum
Vincent Price Art Museum
The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles
The Punk Museum
Mayme Clayton Library and Museum
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust 

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On the other hand, some people argue that museums should focus on education. The aim of any exhibition should be to teach visitors something that they did not previously know. Usually this means that the history behind the museum’s exhibits needs to be explained, and this can be done in various ways. Some museums employ professional guides to talk to their visitors, while other museums offer headsets so that visitors can listen to detailed commentary about the exhibition. In this way, museums can play an important role in teaching people about history, culture, science and many other aspects of life.In conclusion, it seems to me that a good museum should be able to offer an interesting, enjoyable and educational experience so that people can have fun and learn something at the same time.