Skirball Cultural Center

2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard
310-440-4500

About  Us:

Open to the public since 1996, the Skirball Cultural Center has established itself as one of the world's most dynamic Jewish cultural institutions and among the leading cultural venues in Los Angeles. Its mission is to explore the connections between 4,000 years of Jewish heritage and the vitality of American democratic ideals. It seeks to welcome and inspire people of every ethnic and cultural identity in American life. Guided by our respective memories and experiences, together we aim to build a society in which all of us can feel at home.

The Skirball Cultural Center achieves its mission through educational programs that explore the literary, visual, and performing arts from around the world; through the display and interpretation of its permanent collections and changing exhibitions; through an interactive family destination inspired by the Noah’s Ark story; and through outreach to the community. More than 600,000 people visit the Skirball each year, including 80,000 children and teachers from public, private, and parochial schools.



Reviews

Ben Griesse

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Thursday, July 12, 2018
Amazing and well-managed. Definitely recommend Noah's Ark for kids. Very well thought out. Interactive learning environment that is challenging but safe. i like that it's easy to let kids run free and explore but still keep an eye on them. Will definitely be coming back and recommending to friends.

David Punter

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Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
Visited the Skirball CC for the temporary Jim Henson exhibition - and what an exhibition it is! A true masterpiece with wonderful features (including many original puppets), video excerpts from many of Henson's works, and insights into the behind the scenes of the creative process and bringing to life of the Muppets. Staff are friendly, and the many volunteer guides are always there to point you in the right direction if you're a little lost. The signage in the centre isn't the greatest, and particularly on a Thursday (when general admission is FREE), the museum can get very busy and chaotic. Best to turn up particularly early on a Thursday to beat the rush and enjoy the exhibits at your own pace. Aside from the Henson exhibition, the Skirball also hosts a permanent exhibition on Jews in the US, their cultural impact, the hardships of settling in the US, and the like. A very informative and interesting collection. Well worth a look.

geoff barbe

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Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018
Several interesting exhibits and the Noah's ark was fun for my toddler. Gotta get there early for tickets though. We went on Thursday when it was free and arrived just before opening. We still barely got tickets though. Don't know if it is easier on other days though. Overall, a great time.

Adam Lasnik

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Sunday, June 24, 2018
Great place to bring a family, reasonable pricing, lots to see! My family came her primarily for the Jim Henson exhibit and we weren't disappointed! Huge amount of interesting info, props, movie clips in a very open and comfortable space. The Leonard Bernstein exhibit was also stellar! We were a bit surprised by the Noah's Ark exhibit, which we assumed would be family friendly. It was pretty much age-7-and-younger friendly. I had expected it to be along the lines of the Exploratorium / Children Museum type places with things interesting for adults and children alike but nah. Probably my fault for the assumption, though. Free parking, free admission, and (according to my folks) pretty decent food make this place a solid 4.5 star attraction, rounding up to 5 stars :)

Jennifer Still

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Saturday, July 21, 2018
Great place! My family and I went to see the Jim Henson Exhibit and were blown away. The parking is free and for LA that is really awesome. The Skirball Center is really put together beautifully and the people who work there are really nice. I grew up obsessed with Jim Henson and his work and this experience was so satisfying that I walked through it a twice!

Upcoming Events at Skirball Cultural Center

Exhibition - Leonard Bernstein at 100

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2018 from 12:00am to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2018 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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Exhibition - Leonard Bernstein at 100

Thursday, Aug 16, 2018 from 12:00am to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

Thursday, Aug 16, 2018 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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Exhibition - Leonard Bernstein at 100

Friday, Aug 17, 2018 from 12:00am to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

Friday, Aug 17, 2018 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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Exhibition - Leonard Bernstein at 100

Saturday, Aug 18, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

Saturday, Aug 18, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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Exhibition - Leonard Bernstein at 100

Sunday, Aug 19, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

Sunday, Aug 19, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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Exhibition - Leonard Bernstein at 100

Tuesday, Aug 21, 2018 from 12:00am to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

Tuesday, Aug 21, 2018 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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Exhibition - Leonard Bernstein at 100

Wednesday, Aug 22, 2018 from 12:00am to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

Wednesday, Aug 22, 2018 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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Exhibition - Leonard Bernstein at 100

Thursday, Aug 23, 2018 from 12:00am to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

Thursday, Aug 23, 2018 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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Exhibition - Leonard Bernstein at 100

Friday, Aug 24, 2018 from 12:00am to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

Friday, Aug 24, 2018 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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Exhibition - Leonard Bernstein at 100

Saturday, Aug 25, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

Saturday, Aug 25, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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Exhibition - Leonard Bernstein at 100

Sunday, Aug 26, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

Sunday, Aug 26, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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Exhibition - Leonard Bernstein at 100

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018 from 12:00am to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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Exhibition - Leonard Bernstein at 100

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2018 from 12:00am to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2018 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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Exhibition - Leonard Bernstein at 100

Thursday, Aug 30, 2018 from 12:00am to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

Thursday, Aug 30, 2018 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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Exhibition - Leonard Bernstein at 100

Friday, Aug 31, 2018 from 12:00am to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

Friday, Aug 31, 2018 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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Exhibition - Leonard Bernstein at 100

Saturday, Sep 1, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

Saturday, Sep 1, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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Exhibition - Leonard Bernstein at 100

Sunday, Sep 2, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

Sunday, Sep 2, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Los Angeles, CA
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Recent News

Exhibition - Spotlight - Selections From Kehinde Wiley’s The World Stage: Israel At Skirball Cultural Center

Don’t miss your chance to see two works from The World Stage: Israel by Kehinde Wiley, who was recently commissioned to paint President Barack Obama's official portrait for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. For The World Stage: Israel,…

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Exhibition - Pop for the People

Featuring more than twenty of Lichtenstein’s pivotal works from Gemini G.E.L.’s collection (1969–1996), Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein Prints by Gemini G.E.L. explores the democratization of art that gave rise to the Pop Art movement. As …

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Performance - Touretteshero Presents Backstage in Biscuit Land

LA premiere! Revel in the unexpected with Backstage in Biscuit Land, the two-woman solo show created and performed by Jess Thom. Exploring spontaneity, creativity, and disability, this runaway smash hit of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival weaves togethe…

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Make Music Day

Dance, sing, and jam along at the Skirball’s celebration of Make Music Day, a FREE festival of music held every June 21 in more than 700 cities in 120 countries around the world. Open to everyone—all ages and levels of musical experience welcomeâ…

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Exhibition - Chasing Dreams

Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American There are people whose contributions to baseball history went far beyond mere batting averages or stolen bases. From Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax to Joe DiMaggio, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Fe…

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Exhibition - The Unauthorized History Of Baseball

The Unauthorized History of Baseball in 100-Odd Paintings In a series of colorful, captivating, and often provocative paintings, Los Angeles artist Ben Sakoguchi (b. 1938) examines how the game of baseball, which has long been referred to as America'…

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Exhibition - Citizen 13660: The Art Of Miné Okubo

Citizen 13660: The Art of Miné Okubo presents a selection of archival material and rare original artwork by California-born artist Miné Okubo (1912–2001), who was among the thousands of Japanese American citizens forced to leave their homes and b…

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Exhibition - Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs Of Ansel Adams

Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams presents a lesser-known dimension of celebrated photographer Ansel Adams’s body of work, and offers insight into a decisive and disquieting period in American history. The exhibition features fifty p…

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Exhibition - Petit Takett

Sharing food is one of the most genuine forms of cultural exchange. Gathered at the dinner table, we reminisce, share stories, and engage with one another freely. Petit Takett, an installation and event series based on Los Angeles artist and photogra…

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Exhibition - The Singing Posters: Poetry Sound Collage Sculpture Book

Allen Ruppersberg’s installation The Singing Posters: Poetry Sound Collage Sculpture Book pays tribute to Allen Ginsberg’s iconic poem Howl (1955–1956), a hallmark text of the ’50s Beat Generation. In order to reinterpret the piece for contem…

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Exhibition - Rock and Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip

Featuring more than twenty photographs of hand-painted billboards that dominated the Los Angeles landscape for almost two decades, this exhibition—displayed in the Skirball's community space known as the Ruby Gallery—brings to life a unique perio…

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Exhibition - Bill Graham and the Rock and Roll Revolution

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution is the first comprehensive retrospective about the life and career of legendary rock impresario Bill Graham (1931–1991). Recognized as one of the most influential concert promoters in history, Graham l…

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