About Madison S
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Sep 2014
Hello! I'm Maddie- a native NYer whose Wanderlust has taken her abroad again and again. Having lived in six countries, and visiting others for school, work, leisure, and sport, I've adopted many localities, and am an admirer of a great many more. An avid scholar of language and culture, I hope to keep expanding my travel repertoire, and sharing great stories with the rest of the travel community. To give you some background on my travels, I spent months each year since childhood in Old Montreal, where part of my family lives. Summers were spent visiting folks in Ft. Lauderdale and L.A. My first big trip outside of the US on my own was to Australia & New Zealand at 12- I caught the bug early! I then moved to Japan where I studied for part of high school & uni. I am very familiar with Japanese cities, Sapporo and Osaka especially. Some of my favourite travel destinations include Goreme, Dubai, Marrakech, and Queenstown. (Plans for 2015 include China & Uganda!) Nice to meet you!
Historic Sites, History Museums, Natural History Museums, Science Museums, Specialty Museums
Natural History Museums
Art Museums, History Museums
Observatories & Planetariums
History Museums, Specialty Museums
The Getty Center has it all. Come for the architecture, but don't 'Van Gogh' without seeing the lush, impressive gardens! Given the formidable permanent collection and rotating temporary exhibits focused on hands-on learning, you could spend an entire day here - the food alone makes it worth staying for lunch!
One of most abundant sources of fossils in the world, the La Brea Tar Pits were formed by bubbling crude oil more than 10,000 years ago. To date more than one million bones have been unearthed, and excavations continue today. The Page Museum displays many of the finds, including the preserved remains of Ice Age saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, and mammoths up to 40,000 years old. There are also observation rooms where you can observe live excavations, via several paleontology projects underway. When you're finished with the small museum, a visit to the pits themselves and a walk around the surrounding park won't go amiss.
LACMA holds more than 120,000 works - both modern and ancient - with a global focus. Art, film, and concerts can all be taken in here, and there are also numerous opportunities to get hands on with crafts and outdoor exhibits, as well as frequent children's activities. From Warhol and Kahlo, to the most contemporary artists, there's something for everyone at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
With a focus on making science a hands-on experience, the CSC is great for children and adults alike - especially the young and curious at heart. Check out the famed Space Shuttle Endeavour in its final resting place, pop on some 3D glasses to take in an informative IMAX film, or spend the day in Ecosystems, checking out the plants and animals of far-away habitats in what is by far LA's most interactive museum experience.
Natural History Museum boasts the biggest collection of natural and historic artifacts on the west coast- nearly 35 million artifacts and specimens in total, dating back as far as 4.5 billion years. Satisfy your Jurassic cravings at Dinosaur Hall, learn a little about LA in the Becoming Los Angeles exhibit, and flex those green fingers in the Nature Gardens Lab.
Located next door to the Natural History museum, the California African American Museum hosts a heritage collection focused on the African American experience in the United States, both historically and in the present day. It boasts a library of more than 20,000 public reference books, as well as a mass of art, photographs, and memorabilia. The rotating lecture series, educational activities, and guest exhibits all assure that no two visits are likely to be the same.
Telescopes, Planetarium, and exhibits, oh my! Overlooking the Los Angeles basin, with free admission and parking, the Griffith Observatory is a great place to visit - and after learning all about how the earth rotates beneath your feet, you can take a load off with a cup of liquid jet fuel at its great cafe.
One of three separate locations, MOCA's main branch on Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles boasts the best of western art created after the mid-20th century. Despite its large and inter-disciplinary permanent collection, the museum's real intrigue lies in its temporary exhibits and installations, which are known for pushing the boundaries of what art can mean and do.
At the Petersen Automotive Museum, also on Museum Row, you can take a walk through time - or rather, a drive. This nonprofit has more than 150 cars on display, organized to take you through the decades starting with the most vintage of vehicles. With a children's Discovery Center, a special exhibits floor, and a restricted-access basement collection, this department store-come-museum is a piece of history in itself and has been well-stocked for the car enthusiast and novice alike.
The Museum of Tolerance was established in 1993 to focus on the concept of Human Dignity, exploring prejudice and racism throughout history and the world. Exhibits examine personal offenses, such as hate crime and bullying, and also mass exterminations, including the Holocaust and other modern genocides and atrocities. It is an educational museum that challenges visitors to change the way the world thinks, promoting tolerance and understanding.
Located in the Little Tokyo area of Los Angeles, the Japanese American National Museum contains more than 100 years of Japanese-American history - from the first 'Issei' generation to the modern day - in letters, pictures, and art. A Smithsonian affiliate, it uses film and oral history to bring alive the truth of Japanese-American internment during World War II, telling the stories and hardships of those in California's internment camps.
The Grammy Museum is dedicated to winners of the prestigious award, but also to exploring musical history and the many genres of song, from hip-hop to classical. Spread across four floors, its costumes, original lyrics, and soundboards are all interactive. There's even a recording booth and a chance to try out various instruments. Fun, hands-on, and great for anyone who enjoys music... which is everyone!
The Autry National Center of the American West is located in Griffith Park, near to the Griffith Observatory. Its collection of more than 500,000 items of art and artifacts tell the unique story of the peoples and cultures of the historical North American west coast, from Native Americans to settlers making their way to California during the Gold Rush. Focused on critical issues regarding identity and tradition, the museum is a powerful educational tool to learn about the past.