I recently visited LACMA- the Los Angeles county museum of art. Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, this museum houses interesting works of art, as well as life size displays and livable art. Definitely a must see if visiting the Los Angeles area.
Be sure to also stop by the La Brea tar pits. This provides an interesting look back at mankinds geological history, fascinating fossils, and a reminder of what used to encapsulate tinsil town long ago.