1. Hollyhock House
Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the most influential architects of the 20th century, was commissioned by Aline Barnsdall an oil heiress to create his first Californian masterpiece; a cultural arts complex on Olive Hill, which included a major theatre, cinema, artist residences, and commercial shops. The construction was inspired by the temples and mausoleums of the Maya, but Barnsdall hated her new home and immediately gave it away and is now owned by the City of Los Angeles and operated by the Department of Cultural Affairs. In 2019 Hollyhock House was given the UNESCO World Heritage status.
2. Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Founded in 1899, this is a funeral home, crematory, cemetery, and quite a social-events spot in the heart of Hollywood where many stars have chosen to be buried. Among its permanent residents is Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) whose headstone reads ‘That’s All Folks’. Other Hollywood legends buried there, includes Judy Garland, Cecil B. DeMille, Rudolph Valentino, alongside thousands of famous residents from across the globe.
3. Mulholland Drive
Mulholland Drive is a street and road that has featured in a number of movies, songs, and novels. David Lynch, who wrote and directed a film named after Mulholland Drive, has said that one can feel “the history of Hollywood” on it. Visitors enjoy coming here at night to look down on the Hollywood Freeway full of starry lights flowing towards the city.
4. Walt Disney Concert Hall
Located in Downtown LA, The Walt Disney Concert Hall opened in 2003, constructed as tribute to Walt Disney’s devotion to the arts and to the city and is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. The hall was designed by Frank Gehry and stands to be one of the most unusual buildings in Los Angeles.
5. Broad Contemporary Art Museum
The Broad Contemporary Art Museum, designed by Renzo Piano, features a vast collection of post-war paintings and sculptures. The building itself is an absolute marvel.
Located on the Pacific Rim, LACMA is the largest art museum in western America, with a impressive collection of more than 142,000 objects that reflect 6,000 years of artistic expression across the globe, exhibiting and interpreting works of art from pioneering and paradigm breaking points of view from artists, technologists, and thought leaders.
7. Norton Simon Museum
Norton Simon was a multi-industry entrepreneur, industrialist, philanthropist, and one of the most incredible art collectors of the 20th century. Simon was fascinated with the visual arts being able to inspire and reflect the human condition, and in 1970 expanded his collection to include Indian and Southeast Asian art. As an influential force within the Southern California art community, this museum is considered the areas best museum, including works by artists from Raphael, El Greco and Poussin to Rembrandt, Canaletto and Degas.
8. The Getty Center
Getty is a billion-dollar cultural and philanthropic institution dedicated to housing the western artistic legacy of its constituent programs—Getty Conservation Institute, Getty Foundation, J. Paul Getty Museum, and Getty Research Institute.
9. The Huntington Library
Located in San Marino, set in lush gardens is the Huntington Library housing an educational and research institution established by Henry E. Huntington, an art gallery showcasing an extensive art collection with a focus on 18th- and 19th-century European art and 17th- to mid-20th-century American art and botanical landscaped gardens, most notably the “Japanese Garden”, the “Desert Garden”, and the “Chinese Garden”.
10. Griffith Park and Observatory
Griffith Park, north-west of downtown LA, with a span of 4,000 acres, the park stands as one of the biggest urban parks in America and five times larger than New York’s Central Park. Opening in 1935, The observatory holds a great view of the Hollywood Sign and an extensive array of space and science-related displays. Admission is free.
11. USC Trojans
College football is an important part of American culture. The USC Trojans are the athletic teams that represent the University of Southern California (USC), located in Los Angeles. Plan a visit on a Saturday to witness the battlefield that is American football.