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“One of the Best Kept Secrets in LA”

Skirball Cultural Center
Ranked #10 of 553 things to do in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 26 August 2018

The Skirball is the next exit past the Getty, but very few folks know about it. It has a permanent exhibit Visions and Values which used to be dedicated to the holocaust and is now showing Jewish Culture from start to now. It is uplifting where the old display was sad. They have many visiting exhibits. We saw Jim Henson and the Muppets, and Leonard Bernstein at 100, which were both great. The Noah's Ark exhibit which is permanent is a must for anyone with kids. It is made from repurposed materials and it is amazing. I had not been there for 16 years and the changes they have made are great. We went shortly after 9-11 to see the life size photos of first responders which was moving. It is one of LA's gems!

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Reviewed 25 August 2018

We went for the Henson exhibit and stayed to experience the permanent exhibit about Jewish history. It was wonderful, so full of information and interesting exhibits. I have a much deeper respect and understanding of Jewish traditions and history. I was frightened by the persecution suffered by Jews over so many years and in so many countries, and enlightened by the richness of its history and traditions.

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Reviewed 24 August 2018

Skirball Cultural Center has always put a smile on all ors faces with huge delight. Our visits there have always been great!

Thank 55Mickey
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Reviewed 24 August 2018

Currently, the most popular exhibits on display are Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, and Noah's Ark. In addition, to these temporary exhibits, there's also an Art Studio, Ampetheater (live music at 12:00 p.m. & 2 p.m.) and an archeological dig.

Jim Henson's the creator of Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock displays are beautiful and detailed. There were interactive displays such as the Fraggle Rock band with live music that was perfect for a photo opportunity. There were also televisions playing clips of all three shows (Fraggle Rock, Sesame Street, and The Muppets).

Noah's Ark ~ You're allowed 90 minutes once you're given a pass to go inside the exhibit. There's no additional fee for any of the exhibits inside the Cultural Center. The Noah's Ark exhibit has plenty of activities fun for kids, such as a rope course, storytime, and plush stuffed animals. In addition, kids are able to generate sound effects such as rain, thunder, and wind. Overall, the exhibit is beautifully set up with artifacts featuring different versions of Noah's Ark.

I would recommend going early because of the crowd of people and on the day that we went, the Noah's Ark exhibit was sold out by 12:30 p.m. There are a cafe and two gift shops available to purchase souvenirs. Parking is free and there's an elevator for wheelchair access. The doors to the building don't have a handicapped automatic button so you will need to lean on the doors for them to open.

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Reviewed 20 August 2018

If you are on the west side, by all means visit the Skirball. Its exhibits vary but have always been fascinating -- Leonard Bernstein now. There's a pleasant restaurant up there too, fine for lunch.

Thank miriyamg
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