The Best Things to Do in L.A. On a Rainy Day: Culture

Yayoi Kusama, "Longing for Eternity," 2017 [detail]. Photo by Maris Hutchinson/EPW Studio. Image © Yayoi Kusama. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/Shanghai; Victoria Miro, London/Venice; Yayoi Kusama Inc.
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Rain or shine, there's nothing better than spending the day indoors exploring L.A.'s cultural treasures. From world-class museums to historic libraries, here are some of the best cultural attractions in Los Angeles for a rainy day.

1. Step Out of the Rain and Into L.A. Museums

Jeff Koons, “Balloon Dog (Blue)” (1994-2000) at The Broad
Jeff Koons, “Balloon Dog (Blue)” (1994-2000) | Photo courtesy of The Broad, Facebook

2. Shift Into High Gear at The Petersen

Forza Motorsport 6 racing simulator at Petersen Automotive Museum
Forza Motorsport 6 racing simulator | Image courtesy of Petersen Automotive Museum

Two decades after The Petersen Automotive Museum opened its doors to the public, the museum celebrates its 21st year anniversary with a complete redesign, adding 25 new mesmerizing galleries totaling over 100,000 square feet. The renovated museum is opening on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. The museum’s new exhibits feature Disney/Pixar CARS characters, Xbox/Forza simulators, BMW art cars, the new $400,000 Ford GT, an amazing motorsports gallery, virtual tours on your iPhone or iPad, and much more.

3. View the Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams, “Entrance to Manzanar,” 1943 [detail]. Gelatin silver print (printed 1984). Private collection; courtesy of Photographic Traveling Exhibitions.
Ansel Adams, “Entrance to Manzanar,” 1943 [detail]. Gelatin silver print (printed 1984). Private collection; courtesy of Photographic Traveling Exhibitions.

4. Explore the Universe at Griffith Observatory

Hall of the Eye | Photo by Justin Donais, © Friends Of The Observatory

5. Blast Off with the Space Shuttle Endeavour

Space Shuttle Endeavour at California Science Center
Space Shuttle Endeavour | Photo by Leroy Hamilton, courtesy of California Science Center

6. Get Wild at the Natural History Museum

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Everthing old is new in the Natural History Museum's new Dinosaur Hall, filled with over 300 real fossils, 20 complete dinosaurs and ancient sea creatures. Also don't miss their visiting exhibit, Extreme Mammals, which runs through September 10, 2017.

7. Take a Journey Through Time at the Annenberg Space for Photography

“Planet of Life” from “LIFE: A Journey Through Time” at Annenberg Space for Photography
“Planet of Life” from “LIFE: A Journey Through Time” | Photo by Unique Nicole, courtesy of Annenberg Space for Photography, Facebook

8. Saddle Up and Ride to The Autry

Billy Schenck - "A River Runs Through It" at The Autry
Billy Schenck (United States, born 1947), "A River Runs Through It," 2011, oil on canvas [detail]. Donated by Billy Schenck. Autry Museum of the American West; 2014.34.1

9. Travel the World with L.A.'s Multicultural Masterpieces

"La Calavera Don Quijote" at the Fowler Museum
“La Calavera Don Quijote” by Felipe Linares at the Fowler Museum | Photo courtesy of williamaveryhudson, Flickr

10. Discover L.A.'s Quirkiest Museums

“Rotten Luck: The Decaying Dice of Ricky Jay” at Museum of Jurassic Technology
“Rotten Luck: The Decaying Dice of Ricky Jay” at Museum of Jurassic Technology | Photo by Sgerbic, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

11. Tour the Landmark Houses of L.A.

Eames House
Eames House | Photo courtesy of gufm, Flickr

12. Learn About the Historic Theatres on Broadway

Lobby of the Los Angeles Theatre in Downtown L.A.
Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Theatre, Facebook

14. Browse L.A.'s World-Class Libraries

Main Exhibition Hall at The Huntington Library
Main Exhibition Hall at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens | Photo by Tim Street-Porter, courtesy of The Huntington Library