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  • Itzi B
    Los Angeles, CA93 contributions
    Live long and prosper, Skirball Center. First time visiting the Skirball Cultural Center for the Star Trek exhibit and I absolutely loved it. (I have to admit I didn't have time to visit the other exhibits, so this review is somewhat limited in scope.) Thank you, Skirball, for providing me with free admission due to being a essential worker as determined by the State of California during the pandemic. Check out their website for a list of visitors that they allow to enter for free: skirball.org .

    COVID protocol: You must be fully vaccinated or have proof of a recent negative COVID test to enter the museum. Masks are required. Thank goodness; I felt very safe and certainly Mr. Spock would approve of these logical adaptations to the pandemic (probably Dr. McCoy would approve as well.)

    Parking: Absolutely 100% free and conveniently located right next to the museum.

    Admission: Timed tickets are currently required and can be reserved online.

    Exhibit: The Star Trek exhibit was out of this world. To see the actual bridge where the original Star Trek was filmed, costumes from the different versions of Star Trek (the original is the only one for me) and interactive displays reflecting the impact of Star Trek on our society was fabulous. I especially enjoyed the thought-provoking activities (creating your own episode of Star Trek, thinking about the implications of the Prime Directive, and discussing whether robots have rights.)

    Star Trek has been one of my favorite shows for over 50 years. Why? It created a world of diversity, where everyone was equal, and science was taken seriously. Plus, it's also kind of a travel show if you think about it. A different planet every week? Hell, ya. The Skirball Cultural Center has done a magnificent job in showcasing this fantastic show. FIVE STARS.
    Written 7 November 2021
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  • LSQRD1
    Kent, OH628 contributions
    I stopped in as I was staying nearby in Glendale. I also happened to go on the day of the month when they have free admission. In spite of this, the museum was not busy and I was able to explore at my leisure. There is a nice outdoor area and educational exhibits and artifacts from the west. Overall, a nice option if you are looking for something a bit different.
    Written 20 February 2022
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  • Dana Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA1,043 contributions
    A friend told me his visit to the Holocaust Museum in West Los Angeles changed his life. Not to be missed.
    Written 21 March 2022
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  • Tom O
    Peoria, AZ35 contributions
    I visited this museum in early 2020 for the second time and it was just as powerful as the first time I'd was there in '17. The journey through the building sends a chill down your spine as you soak in the various ways mankind is cruel to itself in so many countries around the world and has been through history. Very educational and enlightening.
    Written 27 September 2021
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  • Mja4833
    Los Angeles, CA1 contribution
    Recently, after reading Wu Zuolai's masterpiece "If You Are Wu Sangui, You Are Not a Traitor, What Are You?", I suddenly understood why Wu Zuolai was willing to be a Traitor. It turns out that he listened to the Wu Sangui lecture given by Mr. Ji Lianhai from the Second Affiliated Middle School of Beijing Normal University.
    Written 15 April 2021
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  • Chris F
    San Francisco, CA1,916 contributions
    Located on Olvera Street in the middle of a large Mexican market area is Avila Adobe. Avila Adobe is a 1970’s rebuilt replica of an 1820 home that was destroyed by an earthquake in 1971. There is a lot of interesting information on early Los Angeles and California history. The walk through took less than a half hour and showed what life was like in the 1820-40 time period. The attraction is free and worth a pass through if you are on Olvera Street.
    Written 9 February 2020
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  • thisgirl_Gray
    Los Angeles, CA2,288 contributions
    Visited here with my mom and my niece because they were visiting from out of town and I heard they had an exhibit on black women. The exhibit was mostly about blacks in society and featured the Cotillion. I could easily relate since I eas a member of Jack & Jill and participated in the Debutante ball. It would have been nice if they had kept the exhibit on black men there at the same time since there wasn't a lot of other interesting exhibits. All in all we enjoyed the time and was happy that the guy at the front let us in 15 minutes earlier thsn our timed tickets.
    Written 12 August 2021
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  • Goldycat
    Barcelona, Spain8 contributions
    Amazing little museum where kids can interact with things and there are little treasures from the western American world, like some furniture and an old stagecoach. It's free. For me it was a hidden gem in the middle of LA.
    Written 8 December 2019
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  • Q9001YLwilliamm
    Milan, Italy43 contributions
    Lane Victory is one of only three surviving Victory ships, and she is a fascinating example of a merchant marine vessel from a different era.

    For an admission fee of only $7 you can access most areas of the ship, including two interesting and informative museum display areas packed with artifacts and information.

    The staff are all volunteers and you can tell they love the ship and are doing their best to preserve her and assist visitors, but she is a little rough in spots. So come out and support this great old ship and the people who take care of her!
    Written 21 January 2020
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  • callan1034
    San Diego107 contributions
    I have been to many maritime museums and this one is really interesting, though small. For a museum that doesn't actually have any ships, just models and displays, it is set up nicely and has a lot to look at. There is a gentleman on the top floor with a short-wave radio, in contact with people all over the world. He was worth the price of admission.
    Written 30 August 2019
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  • Brenda G
    Los Angeles, CA80 contributions
    I’ve lived in L.A. almost my whole life and never knew this house was here until reading about it in The Library Book by Susan Orlean last year!

    We visited on a Saturday. There is no parking lot but plenty of street parking. It’s a self-guided tour of the first floor only. When we were there there were about four other people in the house and a couple wandering the garden. We were there for about an hour. If you skim through everything you can probably go through in twenty to thirty minutes tops. If you take your time reading and looking through the displays as well as speaking with the docents (which I recommend because they are very knowledgeable and friendly) it could take an hour or more. I definitely recommend visiting and pairing it with a visit to Heritage Square Museum which about half a mile away, and is exactly what we did. Great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday!
    Written 23 February 2020
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  • Nomad27219511719
    1 contribution
    Just visited the Banning Museum to experience it beautiful 100 year old blooming Wisteria and garden and wasn't disappointed. If you love gardening you will enjoy the lovely Howard Rose Garden. The garden has both modern and antique roses popular the in Victorian times. Wish I could have submitted some photos from it. As they say a picture is worth a thousands words. The museum is closed for now because of the virus crisis. But you need to but it on your bucket list to visit in the near future.
    Written 13 April 2020
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  • Pauline K
    Milton, VT50 contributions
    My husband is a Civil War buff and this museum was a real treat. Being from the east coast we had no knowledge of the Civil War in California. The guide for our 90 minute tour was entertaining and knowledgeable. This site was one of the highlights of our vacation.
    Written 1 February 2020
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  • Busybeeebeauty
    Orange County, CA35 contributions
    I love visiting this museum. I have visited about 5 times over a period of 25 years, so it's always been several years apart. When my kids were little we went several times on school field trips. I loved it so much that the last time I went, my husband and I invited 2 other adults to join us. Whether you're a kid or an adult, you can get something out of this experience. Although it's religious in nature, it is very open to different faiths. I am in awe every time because it is so fascinating. There are so many artifacts and it makes you feel like you've visited the home of Indiana Jones. It's so interesting to hear the stories of the man who founded this museum and how he acquired the artifacts. The people that run the museum are very sweet. They are not rude (as someone else mentioned)...What they might not realize is that this is a private home and museum run by only a couple of people and that is why they need to know ahead of time when you are arriving. I don't know what their policy is now with our current issues but I highly recommend visiting if they are open. It is sad to think this museum might eventually close if someone doesn't step in to take over. It is truly a labor of love. My last visit was several years ago (not May 2020) but I wasn't given addition year choices.
    Written 29 April 2021
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  • Thangam M
    Chennai1,466 contributions
    Founded in 2012, the Museum of Social Justice collection has documents, photographs, artefacts that tell an impactful story about the human side of the founding of Los Angeles - and that story is told humanely - with sensitivity, empathy and affection.

    The museum also captures the work of the founders of the United Methodist Church, the work done by its community center and how it helped to improve the living conditions of not just the poor Mexican population it was founded to serve, but also of the many immigrants who lived around the plaza.

    The educational center of the Museum continues with the Church’s century old legacy of bringing socio-economic and health equality through non-sectarian outreach services, spreading knowledge and fostering empowerment.

    The Museum is located in the United Methodist Church at the intersection of the Old Plaza and Olvera Street. Admission to the museum is free of charge.

    Note: The photographs that are part of this review are of panels that were on display when we visited the museum - these panels may have since changed if they were part of a temporary exhibition.

    The museum offers soul stirring testimony to the human story of Los Angeles - an education in itself. A visit here is a real eye-opener and it is a pity that so very few people seem to find it worth their while to come to this museum.
    Written 23 January 2019
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