In celebration of International Museum Day, we’ve asked our designers and developers about their favorite museums. We’re all familiar with Los Angeles icons LACMA and MOCA but these museums hold an especially special place in our creative minds.
Museum of Jurassic Technology
Lead developer Dana’s favorite museum, The Museum of Jurassic Technology, is located in Culver City, California. The small, offbeat museum is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and the appreciation of the natural sciences, from its humble beginnings. Its collection of curiosities includes both artistic exhibits like the wonder-rooms as well as scientific ones.
After marveling at nature’s phenomena and getting a little weirded out, you can enjoy Georgian tea and cookies in the Russian-style Tula Tea Room, a miniature reconstruction of the study of Tsar Nicolas II from the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.
You can also watch a series of poetic documentaries in the Borzoi Kabinet Theater or take a stroll through the rooftop garden.
California Academy of Sciences
Our designer Jamie’s pick is also a museum dedicated to the natural sciences. Located in San Francisco, California (where she received her BA in Graphic Design at the University of San Francisco), the California Academy of the Sciences is one of the largest museums of natural history in the world. It contains over 26 million specimens and continues to conduct original research today.
There’s something for everyone here. Visit the depths of the earth in the aquarium or reach for the stars in the planetarian. On Thursday nights the museum hosts NightLife, an after-hours event that serves up cocktails and a new natural wonder every week.
Museum of Tolerance
Our project manager Emily’s favorite is the Museum of Tolerance, located in Los Angeles, California. The educational museum uses multimedia to examine racism, prejudice, and human rights issues in history and the present day, with a focus on the Holocaust.
Whitney Museum of American Art
Designer Soyoung’s favorite is the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. The art museum focuses on 20th- and 21st-century American art with a permanent collection of over 21,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, films, videos, and new media by more than 3,000 artists.
Soyoung took a stroll through the museum on her graduation trip to New York. Although the Big Apple has an impressive list of museums, she favors the Whitney because it’s less crowded and its architecture provides a nice walkthrough for a more intimate visit.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Project assistant Kayla’s favorite museum is also located in New York City. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the United States and one of the ten largest in the world with a permanent collection contains more than two million works.
If you’re tight on time and want to make the most of your trip, start at the main building so you can take a stroll through Central Park on your way to other museums along Manhattan’s Museum Mile.
Museum of Latin American Art
Intern Kaitlin’s pick, the Museum of Latin American Art, is located in Long Beach, California. A relatively young museum (opened in 1996), MOLAA is the only museum in the United States dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art. It contains four galleries, a contemporary exhibition space, and an outdoor sculpture garden.
After your visit, you can enjoy more of Long Beach’s art scene by taking a stroll through its developing East Village Arts District, where the museum is conveniently located.