Los Angeles is rich in so many things—including museums! And while there is never a bad day to visit one (aside from Mondays when most are closed), there are loads of coming attractions beyond The Broad that are just as buzz-worthy. From ancient art to the ever-evolving world of modern sculpture, scroll through our top exhibition picks that we can’t wait to see this year.

photo: via Annenberg Space for Photography

Annenberg Space for Photography

Make your way to the Annenberg Space for Photography to experience “Cuba Is.” This exhibition is an exploration of the island and its complexities. With roots in indigenous African and European traditions “Cuba Is” features over 120 photographs to help paint a more clear picture of the Carribean nation, the people of Cuba, Havana and beyond.

Let your littles soak in the amazing colors of the island, bask in the beauty of the people and ask questions about this seemingly mysterious place. And if the images were not enough, the Annenberg Space for Photography is also offering a small menu of Cuban offerings from local Cuban landmarks like Porto’s Bakery and Cafe, Cafe La Llave, and Doña Dulce because if your babes haven’t experience mango mousse yet, it’s about time. Bonus? Annenberg Space for Photography is free!

Runs: Now through March 4.

Annenberg Space for Photography
2000 Avenue of the Stars
online: annenbergphotospace.org

photo: via Discovery Cube

Discovery Cube Los Angeles

If you want to keep the day playful, make your way to the Discovery Cube Los Angeles for the Play and Learn “Very Eric Carle” exhibit. Here your little literati can step into the pages of Carle’s books and become a “Very Hungry Caterpillar” as they follow his path and weave a web like the “Very Busy Spider.” They can also create artwork using the same types of materials Carle used to create his masterpieces.

While you’re there be sure to make your way through the rest of the museum where you can explore concepts of conservation or take in a virtual helicopter tour of the city. Once you’re finished inside, be sure to let your loves burn off some of that boundless energy in the playground just outside the Cube.

Runs: Jan. 27 through May 13

Discovery Cube Los Angeles
11800 Foothill Blvd.
online: la.discoverycube.org

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

If you didn’t already know, LACMA has a satellite gallery at the Charles White Elementary School On Wilshire Blvd. As part of the Pacific Standard Time LA/LA at LACMA that explores Latin American and Latino Art in L.A., A Universal History of Infamy: Those of This America, displays the work of artists, writers, and activists across the ages, as a form of resistance. Truly a treasure of American history. Open Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.

Runs: Jan. 27 through Oct. 6

Charles White Elementary School Gallery
2401 Wilshire Blvd.
online: lacma.org

photo: via LACMA


If you want to dig into a little history with the family be sure to hit LACMA’s main campus for the “City and Cosmos: The Arts of Teotihuacan” exhibit which features the latest archaeological discoveries from the ancient city of Teotihuacan, including sculptures made from volcanic stones and polychrome mural paintings.

These latest discoveries uncover this diverse piece of Mesoamerican history and how its people related to culture and space. An essential stop for budding archaeologists.

Runs: March 25 through July 15

5905 Wilshire Blvd
online: lacma.org

photo: via Getty Images via California Science Center

California Science Center

If you have a young historian on your hands make your way to the California Science Center to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the discovery of “King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh.” This exhibition will feature over 100 artifacts from King Tutankhamun’s tomb, including gold jewelry, carving, and sculptures to name a few, and will be the largest display of artifacts from the tomb ever outside of Egypt.

This tour will be the last time to view these items outside of Egypt, so gather up the family and get ready to step way back in time.! After the 10-city tour, all of the items will go back to Egypt and be displayed permanently at the Grand Egyptian Museum.

Runs: March 24 through Jan. 2019

California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Dr
online: californiasciencecenter.org

photo: via MOCA

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

If you haven’t been to MOCA Grand Avenue in awhile this the perfect excuse to visit. L.A.-based artist Lauren Halsey will take up residence in March to create a fantasy-like system of caves called, “Lauren Halsey: we still here, there” that visitors are welcome to walk through and explore. Halsey will change the environment regularly during her residency to keep the space evolving, so it may even behoove you to visit more than once to witness the changes. The space is described as a “visionary archive” of the diversity of Black cultural experience in South Central L.A. where Halsey grew up.

Runs: March 4 through Sept. 3

MOCA Grand Avenue
250 South Grand Ave
online: moca.org

What art exhibits are you going to check out this year? Let us know in the comments below!

—LeTania Kirkland Smith


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