UCLA Meteorite Gallery

UCLA Meteorite Gallery

Inside a third-floor room of UCLA’s Geology Building, you’ll find a display of more than 100 meteorites.

If you’ve ever wanted to gaze upon an item that arrived on Earth after a journey through outer space, then you’ll be happy to learn that within the boundaries of Los Angeles, there’s a place to see a whole collection of artifacts of other-worldly wonder.

This amazing spot is the UCLA Meteorite Gallery. Although it’s a relatively small room on the UCLA campus, it’s where the geology department has hundreds of meteorites on display.

The UCLA Meteorite Gallery is on the third floor of the university’s Geology Building. Just take the elevator up and walk across the hall to room 3697.

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Seat of Design: Second Largest Chair in Los Angeles

Seat of Design

Second Largest Chair in Los Angeles

Outside the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, you’ll find the second largest chair in Los Angeles.

The Battle of the Giant Chairs

Before the L.A. Mart brought a large oak chair from Chicago and set it up in the Reef parking lot in South Central Los Angeles, this gleaming silver seat in front of the Pacific Design Center (PDC) was the largest chair in the city. Now it’s the second largest.

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Jack’s Candy

Jack’s Candy

In Downtown Los Angeles you can visit a huge warehouse space filled with almost endless varieties of candy.

We’re All Kids in This Candy Store

If you like candy (and, really, who doesn’t?), do yourself a favor and pay a visit to Jack’s Candy, a giant candy warehouse filled with all the delectable delights you remember from your youth plus many varieties of sweets you may have never heard of.

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Justice Brothers Automotive Collection

Justice Brothers Automotive Collection

In Duarte you’ll find an impressive collection of vintage race cars, motorcycles, experimental automobiles, and racing memorabilia. And you can visit all this for free.

Justice Brothers: A Legacy of Racing

The Justice Brothers were a trio of mechanically inclined brothers — Ed, Zeke, and Gus — from Paola, Kansas. They worked as mechanics in their hometown and built their first race car when they were teenagers.

Ed answered the siren call of the Southern California racing scene and drove west on Route 66. He convinced Zeke to make the trip (Gus has been paralyzed from an auto accident and stayed behind) to California where they worked in race car fabrication.

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Powers Place: The Shortest Street in Los Angeles

Powers Place

The Shortest Street in Los Angeles

In Pico Union, next to a row of historic houses on Alvarado Terrace, you’ll find the shortest street in Los Angeles.

The Long and Short of Los Angeles Streets

Los Angeles has some long streets. Sepulveda, Mulholland, Sunset and Western immediately spring to mind. The longest, Sepulveda Boulevard, runs for more than 42 miles from Mission Hills to Long Beach.

So in a town full of long streets, how short can the shortest street be? As it turns out, pretty short.

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Angel’s Flight

Angel’s Flight

In Downtown Los Angeles you can take a ride on the world’s shortest railway that’s been operating (or not) for more than 100 years.

The Original Angel’s Flight

Angel’s Flight first opened as the Los Angeles Incline Railway in 1901. It carried passengers from Hill Street to Olive Street and ran adjacent to the 3rd Street Tunnel. When it opened it was the shortest railway in the world at just 315 feet.

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Marquis de Lafayette Statue

Marquis de Lafayette Statue

In Westlake’s Lafayette Park, you can see a decaying statue of the man who helped secure America’s independence.

The Marquis de Lafayette

Gilbert de Motier, better known as the Marquis de Lafayette, was the son of a wealthy French landowner. When he learned about the American Revolution, he felt that the resistance of the colonists was a just and noble cause.

After serving as an officer in the French army (he attained his first rank at just 13 years old), he traveled to America to lend his aid to the revolutionaries. Upon arriving at the age of 19, he was awarded the title of general. He distinguished himself in a few battles before returning to France to drum up further support for the American cause.

And drum up he did. Along with the Comte de Rochambeau, Lafayette returned to the colonies in 1780 where he was named as a commander in the Continental Army. In this role he was instrumental in ensuring the victory at Yorktown and forcing the surrender of General Cornwallis. This defeat was a major factor in Britain’s decision to negotiate an end to the war.

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In Venice Beach, you can find a giant steel sculpture on a hill between the boardwalk and the Pacific Ocean.

In May 2001, artist Mark di Suvero installed Declaration, a 60-foot-tall towering structure made from steel I-beams on a grassy hill between the Venice Ocean Front Walk and the Pacific Ocean, right where where Windward Avenue runs into the beach-front walkway.

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Velaslavasay Panorama

Velaslavasay Panorama

In historic West Adams, inside a classic movie theatre, you can visit a 360-degree, hand-painted mural of Shenyang, China that hearkens back to a style of entertainment before the birth of film.

The Panorama — Entertainment of Yesteryear

Before the days of cinema, escape rooms, and virtual reality, people would flock to panoramas. These intricately painted displays offered fully immersive views of faraway places and fantastical settings. Panoramas were a major draw at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (better known as the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair).

Although the subject matter varied from panorama to panorama, the overall experience of each was quite similar. After walking down a dim hallway and climbing a narrow set of spiral steps, you’d emerge onto a viewing platform where a stunning 360° painting enhanced by a series of 3D faux-terrain sculptures would transport you to a different time and place.

Over the decades, the popularity of the panorama as entertainment and art waned, and today there’s only one place to enjoy the majesty of the panoramic art form in the United States. That’s the Velaslavasay Panorama, right here in Los Angeles.

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Cathedral Oak Monument

Cathedral Oak Monument

Along a sleepy stretch of road in South Pasadena you’ll drive by the location of the first Easter service ever held in California. Supposedly.

Once upon a time, this spot was the location of the Cathedral Oak, a huge tree under which the first Easter services in California were held way back in 1770. Or so it’s been told.

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