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Inglewood, CA 90304
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Arts & Museums
Only a few blocks away from the 405 freeway's endless torrent of vehicles, the Automobile Driving Museum provides an in-depth look at the machine that allowed the surrounding Los Angeles to turn into the sprawling metropolis it is today. It's not just the hundred and fifty classic cars that line the 40,000 square foot display space, but the loving nature of their preservation that makes El Segundo's Automobile Driving Museum a cultural treasure. This is all in spite of owners Earl Rubenstein and Stanley Zimmerman's absolute insistence that visitors get a real feel for the cars by climbing behind the drivers wheel and into the rumble seat, and even take weekly rides in the gallery's collection. The Automobile Driving Museum's wide appeal to car lovers, kids, and history buffs make this the perfect location to see rare automotive treasures and have fun doing it.
Wende Museum is a non-profit museum about the Cold War. It houses over 100,000 artifacts from the Cold War period that showcase life during this unique time. Visit the museum and see the huge collection of objects from the east Europe and the Soviet Union. See part of the Berlin Wall and political propaganda as well as items from the daily life of a Soviet, such as furniture and artwork. Wende Museum also conducts educational programs and events.
This is one of the best places to see both new and well-known works. It actually has two spacious galleries, the Otis Gallery and the Bolsky Gallery. The Otis Gallery hosts art and design exhibitions from all over the world. This is perhaps the more traditional art gallery of the two. The Bolsky Gallery, however, is run completely by students. Since both the artists and curators of the shows are students, here you'll find a more experimental feel both in the gallery and in the works displayed. Admission is free.
The California Science Center is anything but a regular museum! In addition to being one of the biggest museums in the city, the center helps kids and adults learn about science through exciting interactive displays and demonstrations. Try not to get splashed as you learn about river ecosystems then marvel at spacecrafts, including the Space Shuttle Endeavour. For a reasonable fee, you can visit the IMAX Theater to see a film about out natural world. Anyone who loves to learn and explore is sure to love the California Science Center!
Since 1913 this museum has been delighting people of all ages with entertaining exhibits about our world, both natural and cultural. Visit such wonders as the rarest shark in the world, a zoo full of insects and 20 complete dinosaur skeletons. A number of special exhibits are presented throughout the year.
This research facility, open since 1972 to researchers and scholars by appointment, is a fantastic resource for those studying African American culture and history. The collections include an Early Black Film section, Literary section, Rare Book section, and a Record Library. There are more than 25,000 books and over 8,000 records. Duke Ellington and Bessie Smith's first recordings are here. Western States Black Research Center also develops workshops in the community with teachers, writers, and other community members. It is an invaluable resource and one that is probably not used enough.
This art gallery devoted to African American exhibits has a little bit of everything. It features both male and female artists from all over the United States as well as new and established artists. William Grant Still was a symphony composer, and the gallery was named after him because of his contributions to African American art and culture. Once a year in December the gallery holds the Black Doll Exhibit. During this period there are also doll making classes available.
This museum is devoted to Afrocentric artwork. It is a large space and has plenty to offer its visitors from painting to sculpture to multimedia installations by African-American artists. The owners also feature artists from the past and historical exhibits. There are many rotating exhibits as well, like the Rhythms of the Soul, a showcase of the instruments of Africa. The museum store sells artwork and other items related to the museum. Admission is free.
Corey Helford easily takes the palm d'or amongst the art galleries of the Culver City. Drop by here any time during the regular business hours and be dazzled by the highly select and provocative art or, better yet, visit during an art opening. The atmosphere is always high-key and animated, throngs of artists and art lovers coming together engaged in heated art discussions and lively banter. The receptions are bountiful, with a large tent in the back housing a bar and a few tables. Climb the stairs to the loft to where you will be welcomed by the jovial and spirited Jan Helford and find the finest picks from earlier shows and. Good old decadence is alive and well here at Corey Helford! -Kate Sobol
One of the most intriguing museums in Los Angeles, the exhibits here are both professionally sound and completely dubious at the same time. Although the exhibits feature artifacts and relics from the Lower Jurassic period, they seem to stay faithful to the theme of the museum. The main quest for the visitor is to determine whether or not this entire museum is a sham. Regardless of your ultimate conclusion, the museum is certainly worth both the price of admission as well as your time exploring it.
Though not a major tourist destination, Studio Pali Fekete Architects can be quite captivating if you are interested in architecture. The brainchild of Judit Meda Fekete, both an artist and architect herself, attracts a select few who absorb and appreciate the meeting of creativity and structural design. The place evokes a creative streak in even those uninterested.
The Center for Land Use Interpretation is dedicated to research of the land uses and misuses. It encourages the discussion and though about the interaction of man and land, like how the pollution is created and how natural resources are used. In the center you will find a room with an exhibit of the diverse researches about the theme and a library with books about the same themes. The center also promotes public tour and field trip. It is right beside the The Museum of Jurassic Technology.