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Arts & Museums
A part of the non-profit Los Angeles Arts Association, the Mike Napoliello Gallery is a new entrant on the Los Angeles art scene. Come and encourage fresh emerging talent as well as the wide spectrum of artists that this association supports. This satellite gallery presents drawings, photographs, paintings and more. Call for upcoming exhibits and further details.
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.
Lomita Railroad Museum is an interesting place where you can learn all about the history of steam-powered locomotives. The museum was built in 1966 and was the first of its kind west of Denver, Colorado. Visitors can see a Southern Pacific Railroad steam locomotive. Also, there is a 1910 Union Pacific caboose and a modern all-steel Santa Fe caboose. Even the building itself is considered a work of art.
The history of the printing press is shown in all its glorious evolution. You will see a real-to-life colonial printer practicing his craft and hear how printing changed the lives of writers and thinkers like Mark Twain and Ben Franklin. Objects on display include antique printing machines and early printed documents. Many of the people working here, from the printers to the tour guides, are worth the visit just to meet them.
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.
Come and view this fine collection of artwork by both California artists and those with a national reputation. You will find here art to please every taste and requirement. The exhibitions are sponsored by the Los Angeles County Board. Tours can be arranged if you call ahead. Admission: Free.
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.
The North of the Civil War Drum Barracks site sits this restored home of one of the founders of the city, General Phineas Banning. As a state senator, he played an instrumental role in the early development of the future Port of L.A. and in advancing the state of transportation in the area. He left behind this stunning 1864 Greek revival mansion, which is now known as the Banning Museum, that looks distinctly out of place in modern Southern California. Set on 20 acres, tours of the home and grounds are available and you can go through their website for the hourly timings, also visit a schoolhouse and stagecoach barn from the same era.
Drum Barracks is the last remaining original American Civil War era military facility in the Los Angeles area. It is also called as Drum Barracks Civil War Museum and is located in Wilmington section of Los Angeles. Post 1987, it was operated as a Civil War museum and is open to the public. The historic museum got listed at the National Register of Historic Places on February 12, 1971.
Close to the beach, this gallery is just off the Venice Boardwalk and features some of the biggest names in L.A. art. David Hockney, John McCraken, Ed Moses, Tony Berlant, Peter Shelton, Michael McMillen, Tony Bevan and Terry Allen have all exhibited works here in the past. Many of the works have already ended up in museums. The gallery displays its major works through shows, which generally run for about two months.
This aquarium is chock full of exhibits about marine studies, biology, the study of the oceans and water conservation. The aquarium also hosts various events like whale watching trips and voyages to Catalina Island.
If you're an art lover, you should not miss out on the Red House Gallery and if you aren't, you may still like to peruse the exclusive works it holds. The plush interiors and black leather seats make art-gazing a more comfortable experience. Various artists showcase their talents here on a regular basis, so try to get your hands on an itinerary to catch an exhibit that appeals to you.