Los Angeles – Midtown

Midtown basically runs from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the La Brea tar pits and park and museum on the west to Koreatown and Macarthur Park on the east.

Wilshire Boulevard runs down the middle of it. It has many wonderful art deco buildings from the 20s and 30s and was at one time home of the city’s most opulent stores. It was known as the Miracle Mile but has been declining since the 1960s.

If you like cars, check out the Peterson Automotive Museum. It is the largest in the world and founded by the publisher of Hot Rod magazine.

La Brea Tar Pits / George Page Museum

My personal favorite is the George Page Museum otherwise known as the La Brea tar pits. There is tar and oil naturally seeping up still there. (In the 1920s they still had oil derricks in Midtown). Water would be on the surface and animals would walk in to get a drink of water and get stuck in the tar underneath. Then predators would attack and get stuck as well. They have found thousands of bones of many types of animals. It is a fascinating museum. Their one problem is that they regularly have to rope off areas of the lawn in the park behind the museum as new spots of tar seep to the surface. You can look at some of the tar pits that they are excavating, looking for new fossils.

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Art Museum

LACMA is the largest general art museum west of Chicago and has over 250,000 pieces from all periods of art. There are several buildings and besides a range of art through history they also have a range of art from around the world.

Another amazing old theater is the Wiltern Theater. It is amazingly ornate and has been completely restored but is no longer a movie theater and is no a performing arts center.

The Wilshire Country Club is basically in the middle of Midtown. If you don’t know some one, forget about it.

Then there is Koreatown where you can get great authentic Korean food of many styles.

Finally there is MacArthur Park, renamed after the WW2 general but made famous by the song a few years back. It was a popular and beautiful area in the 1890s and early 1900s. It is now an area with a lot of recent immigrants and has a crime problem.

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