Skirball Cultural Center
Skirball Cultural Center
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
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Tuesday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Skirball Cultural Center is a place of meeting guided by the Jewish tradition of welcoming the stranger and inspired by the American democratic ideals of freedom and equality. We welcome people of all communities and generations to participate in cultural experiences that celebrate discovery and hope, foster human connections, and call upon us to help build a more just society. Open to the public since 1996, the Skirball has established itself as one of the world's most dynamic Jewish cultural institutions and among the leading cultural venues in Los Angeles. Come visit soon! Noah's Ark at the Skirball is a permanent, interactive playspace for families, requiring a timed-entry admission ticket.
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Bahrain146 contributions
My family and I were visiting my brother and his family during the holiday season. He mentioned that we should go to Noah's Ark. He couldn't really describe it but once we got there it was pretty cool. I love how it tells the story of Noah's Ark and the animals and ark are created out of recyclable items. The added touches of storytime and sing-a-long time was a hit for the kids as well. If you are in the area you should stop by and have a look!
Written January 2, 2020
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Juan Carlos G
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A customer of mine recommended this and I thought, nah , I don't want to go. But we did not have plans one weekend and I thought why not give it a try. We went and really were impressed! The play area is great for kids of all ages. It is a combo of art and lots of interactions for kids and for me too.

We later took a look at the art. It really is a history museum of the Jewish people and culture. I did not know a lot about this before. I am glad we did this trip.
Written July 4, 2022
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Marty P
Venice11 contributions
Just got back from the Skirball. Lunch, and the Kubrick exhibit. The restaurant just reopened a couple of weeks ago, and they don't quite have their act together. But the exhibit was nicely curated (as always), and an interesting preview to his movies. Closes in March, go if you can.
Written February 11, 2020
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Lori S
86 contributions
Husband is a big Trek fan and the special exhibit brought us here. He is also Jewish and we enjoyed the historical and cultural offerings the hotel provided in its other exhibits. The grounds are impeccable and very nicely landscaped (I am a UC Master Gardener). Staff were very helpful, professional and gracious.
Written November 5, 2021
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JDinLA
Los Angeles, CA343 contributions
We went to see "I'll Have What She's Having," an exhibit on Eastern European/Jewish delis. It was great, albeit only one room. The permanent exhibits are wonderful (we've been before) but we were disappointed that the Noah's Ark area was closed.

Masks required, which we appreciated! Easy parking which is SO important in LA (and free).

Went with an adult child (family not an option below).

P.S. This exhibit inspired us to try all the delis in the area...more reviews on those to come!
Written September 16, 2022
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Izzy
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Loved visiting the cultural center. Beautiful decor and love the fresh air as you're walking outside. Can't go wrong with a quick pit stop to Skirball if you're in LA
Written March 6, 2020
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carl j
Woodland Hills, Ca152 contributions
Family
The special exibits are well done. THis one was very interesting tough smaller than i expected. With kids visit the ark but it is popular so check into availability before you go
Written November 16, 2018
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Steve W
La Mirada, CA186 contributions
Family
Searching for fun things to do with kids, we stumbled upon a very special Jim Henson exhibit happening at the Skirball cultural Center. This would be our first visit, and probably our last until we're grandparents one day. My daughter is 13 and just past the age range of being a perfect daddy date.

That said, the cost was right around $12 to get in, but on arriving we were given a sticker and not charged for admission, it turns out that admission is FREE on Thursdays. We didn't have enough time to visit the Noah's Ark attraction since available showtimes were 2-3 hours from when we had arrived, but we did see everything else.

We did explore the entire center and visit the Jim Henson exhibit where I got to relive childhood experiences with the Muppets, Sesame Street cast, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and other characters I grew up watching on television. My daughter enjoyed it to, but you know teenagers, nothing's interesting except maybe boys or Snapchat.

We had lunch at the cafe inside the building. I didn't know it was vegetarian until after we had already sat down, but I managed to survive with a Margherita Pizza. My daughter ordered the Grilled Salmon And Orechiette Pasta. Surprisingly, the food was actually filling and tasty.

If I had any complaints at all, it would be how long lines are handled. There should be staff members entertaining those waiting in 30-40 exhibit lines or televisions hanging from the ceiling. But hey, we got in free so who am I to complain anyway?

Definitely a fun place to take younger children (2-10), I hope to make it back here with grandchildren one day.
Written July 9, 2018
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786malgorzatac
Los Angeles, CA298 contributions
Friends
So Skirball is a place close to the Getty Center, and offers variety of choices - museum (rather small, but still can give you an idea of the Jewish culture and history), great library, screening and concert halls, and above all the Noah Arc! Even if you do not have kids, forget you are an adult already - go an check how Noah saved his nation, and the animals. Touch the science, play, have fun, learn again. It is so refershing!
Written May 4, 2018
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Mary Jo S
Clover, SC27 contributions
Family
While in Los Angeles, visiting our daughter and her family, we had an opportunity to take our almost four year old twin (a boy and a girl) grandchildren on "adventures" twice a week. The Skirball Cultural Center...with it's Noah's Ark exhibit became an immediate and often requested place to go! With the many hands-on and interactive opportunities it offers, Noah's Ark was artistically created, imaginative, colorful, fascinating and ingenious! Several young museum docents were available to both answer questions, provide guidance and monitor the activity in the Ark. We were so impressed that we recommended the Skirball to other family and friends. It is definitely "a must see to believe" experience! :) Free to the public on Thursday.
Written January 22, 2016
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Skirball Cultural Center is open:
  • Tue - Fri 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM