Perhaps the words "culture" and "world-renowned museums" may not come to mind when you think of Los Angeles (we know that more often your first thoughts are of Hollywood movies, beautiful beaches, surfing and Walt Disney), but culture and world-class museums are an important part of the very fabric of this city with the sunny disposition. From the huge Getty Center perched high up in the Santa Monica Mountains (and its sister museum in Malibu, the Getty Villa) to the iconic Los Angeles Museum of Art (LACMA) on the Miracle Mile of museums on Wilshire Boulevard, then on to downtown's California Science Center and Natural History Museum and all the way to the fantastic Griffith Observatory and Autry National Center, L.A. has so many different types of world-class museums it is actually a bit mind boggling. Each one has its own unique personality, focus and ambiance, so be sure to plan to devote plenty of time to seeing every one on this list. Then make a plan to delve deeper, for only naming ten museums does not do the city justice; there are at least ten more that are equally grand. You could easily spend a whole week in the City of Angels just visiting terrific museums!
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