5 Great Los Angeles Art Galleries You’ll Love to Visit

Whether you are a car buff, window shopper, art gallery fanatic, or celebrity watcher, Los Angeles has plenty for everyone. Art appreciators will especially enjoy the spectacular galleries that Los Angeles has to offer. There are hundreds of galleries throughout Los Angeles that are an easy drive in a rental car. To get you started, we’ve compiled a list of 5 great galleries to check out when you’re in town.

LA County Museum of Art

Since its inception in 1965, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has collected enormous amounts of artwork that anyone will enjoy. The museum is the largest of its kind in the western United States. You can find the museum on Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile area of Los Angeles.  Within its vast walls are hundreds of thousands of modern and historical art objects to enjoy. Go early to make sure you have enough time to enjoy all the wonderful exhibits they have on display. Best of all, admission to the museum is inexpensive.

J. Paul Getty Museum

The Getty Museum is actually 2 separate locations. The main location is in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. It is a quick trip in a rental car if you’re near LAX. The secondary location is in the Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles. The secondary location features artwork and other exhibits from ancient Greece and Rome. They renovated the museum in 2006 when the main facility moved from the Pacific Palisades to its current location in Brentwood.

The main facility features collections of artwork that span from the Middle Ages to present times. There are over 1.3 million visitors from all over the world who make the trip to the Getty Museum to view the exhibits. They also have detailed information on their art exhibits available on their own “GettyGuide” network throughout the museum.  This network is also available online, before and after your trip.

Annenberg Space for Photography

The Annenberg Space for Photography is a great place those tourists looking for media-centric art. From anywhere in Los Angeles, the museum is a quick trip in a rental car. The museum features several exhibits dedicated to the art of photography. In addition, several highly rated photographers have lent their talents and skills to making the exhibits unique and wonderful. From traditional photo prints to the latest, state-of-the-art printing and digital technology available, the intimate location offers its own special view of the world of photography.

Adamm’s Stained Glass Gallery

If you’re looking for something unique and beautiful, a quick trip in your rental car to Santa Monica will bring you to Adamm’s Stained Glass Studio & Gallery. The gallery features exquisite art glass objects from over 175 of America’s top art glass creators. Curator Adamm Gritlefeld also has a stained glass studio and restoration center. Adamm’s works has been featured in countless businesses, churches, hotels, and restaurants throughout the world, including the White House. While it’s a shop, the selection is so varied and interesting, it feels like a museum. After your visit, it’s also fun to spend the afternoon and evening enjoying all the other attractions in Santa Monica.

La Luz de Jesus Gallery

The La Luz de Jesus Gallery is the place to go if you’re looking for a different kind of art. Located in Los Feliz, you and your rental car can easily make the drive to this unique destination. In fact. its owner, Art collector Billy Shire, sums up his gallery with the saying “Art should be by the people and for the people. It should be something that speaks to you, that entertains and challenges and changes your outlook.” The gallery has been the first to introduce to the public many then-unknown artists. These artists have gone on to claim their fame in the art world. With its unusual sculptures, narrative and figurative painting, and group exhibitions, it’s a great and interesting place to spend a long afternoon.

Getting Around Los Angeles

Every trip to Los Angeles should include a trip to at least one or two of these great art attractions. Value Rental Car makes it easy to get around Los Angeles. Their Inglewood location is close to LAX, and they have free pickup and dropoff service withing 7 miles. If you’re visiting the Pasadena area, look for the Value Rental Car location on E Colorado Blvd.

Photo courtesy of the The Jon B. Lovelace Collection of California Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith’s America Project, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

No Visit to Los Angeles Is Complete Without a Hollywood Studio Tour

Los Angeles is famous for its film and television industry. When you’re visiting, it’s easy to get up close and personal with landmarks in the entertainment industry. You can see everything from Hollywood’s Walk of Fame to the taping of your favorite sitcom while you’re town. No visit to Los Angeles is truly complete without a studio tour. Studio tours give you a behind-the-scenes look at how your favorite moves and TV shows are made. Los Angeles is really spread out, so it’s smart to take advantage of a car rental to get around. Here’s a list of the places that make Hollywood magic really happen!

Warner Brothers Hollywood

Get set to explore outdoor sets and soundstages in this exciting and interesting studio tour. It’s more than just a tour of movie sets. The tour is more like an educational look into the filmmaking process. Warner Brothers Studio is known for famous productions like Jurassic Park and Batman. They also showcase an amazing Batmobile collection. These include the  1995 Batman Forever and 1989’s Batman cars. If your tastes tend more to Harry Potter, you’ll l love exploring the production artwork to the original props and costumes used in the movies.

At the end of your tour, it’s fun to step into a replica of the Central Perk Cafe set from the hit TV show Friends. You can actually order a cup of coffee,  and lunch options are available Monday- Friday.

Sony Pictures

Sony Pictures is located in Culver City. It’s easy to get to from LAX with a rental car. It features a fascinating 2-hour-long studio tour that begins by entering through the studio’s iconic gates. Classic MGM movies like The Wizard of Oz were filmed there.  This piece of history is commemorated by a giant rainbow arch sculpture near its entrance. You can even visit the soundstage where Judy Garland recorded the famous song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.

If you are a fan of game shows, you will be in for a treat! It’s fun to visit the set of Jeopardy, one of the longest-running quiz shows on TV. It’s a blast to take a picture of yourself in one of the contestant seats. If the timing’s right, you can also enjoy a taping of Wheel of Fortune.

If you are looking for a walking tour that incorporates a look inside a real working film studio, then this is the ideal tour to check out.

Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures is next on our list. It’s one of the only big movie studios still located in Hollywood proper. A visit to Paramount will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Famous movies like Forest Gump and The Godfather were filmed on the Paramount lot. You can also see props from these movies and more in the prop warehouse.

It’s a big tour that covers a lot of ground. If you get tired from walking, don’t worry — you can ride in a golf cart for part of the tour to see the sights

After you visit Paramount Studios, stop by for a spooky walk inside Hollywood Forever Cemetery next door.  Many famous Hollywood actors and directors are laid to rest here.

Universal Studios Hollywood

Last but not least, Universal Studios Hollywood  is probably the best known of the studios because of its theme park. It also offers an impressive studio tour. Best of all, a theme park ticket includes the studio tour, so why not do both?

The tour will feel like another amusement park ride in itself after you become immersed in Universal’s world of special effects. You will experience everything from a 3-D King Kong and dinosaurs battle over your tour vehicle, to experiencing a mock earthquake and a car chase similar to the Fast and the Furious movie series.

Universal tours really isn’t an informative studio tour. It’s more of an immersion into a fun cinematic experience that takes place indoors and outdoors.

Car Rental Makes It Easy

Value Rental Car is great for exploring all that Hollywood has to offer. Their Inglewood location is near LAX, and they offer free pickup and dropoff services within seven miles. A car rental makes it easy to step into the movies with any of these studio tours.