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The Skirball Cultural Center and Museum

2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90049 | (310) 440-4500
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8 Reviews
Type: Museums & Monuments and Seasonal Events
Ages: Ages 1 — adult
Cost: $
Hours of operation: Tu-Fr 12:00–5:00 p.m.; Sa/Su 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Come and enjoy Noah's Ark at the Skirball! Inspired by the ancient flood story, which has parallels in cultures around the world, this popular family desitnation offers visitors of all ages a one-of-a-kind experience. Within an 8,000-foot-gallery visitors learn the value of collaboration as they mingle with hundreds of animals, all crafted from recycled materials and everyday objects. Additionally, there are plenty of activities just for families: check out the Skirball's simulated outdoor archaeological dig and field laboratory, Dig It!, on weekends, or stop by our Drop-In Art Studio during Winter and Summer breaks. For all current family activities at the Skirball, visit

8 Reviews for The Skirball Cultural Center and Museum

June 25 2014
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"Noah's Ark Rocks"

This is one of the most unique, interactive exhibits we've seen for children. I've been wanting to take the kids for a long time, but the hours never worked out with our nap schedules, but we finally did it this past year.

We went with my 6 year old son and 2 year old girl and both of them were so sad when the attendants said that the exhibit was closing. Worth going to for sure and you'll never see anything like it anywhere else. The other exhibits in the museum are also fun. When we were there, they also had an exhibit on all the architecture of Moshe Safdie which is stunning. Plenty to see and do here.

May 08 2011
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"Wonderful Experience!"

What a wonderful experience.  The Noah's Ark exhibit was so well thought out and executed.  The time and thought that went into building all the animal the ark the experience, all out of recycled materials, is simply mind blowing.

My daughter who is 2.5 had a wonderful time.  We stayed the entire 2 hour time reservation.  She was busy from beginning to end.  They say if you can reach it you can touch it.  It is very hands on.  In the first room they get you started by allowing you to make some music with the drums (elephant), spinning zebras, alligators made from old violin cases...AMAZING!  The next room is about the storm.  Kids are allowed to crank and wind the levers to make rain and lightning.  Then to the part my daughter loved the most.  Climbing on the "ark"  There are a couple of climbing options to get high in the sky and look down on us parents.  It suggest 4 years and up, so I went with her the first couple of times, then she was good to go by herself.  The last stop was to make a paper bird out of recycled material and paste it on a banner for the museum to hang when it's all filled up.  Through out the experience you can also find little puzzles, building blocks, and other smaller activities, like having a meal with fake food, little pots, and a whole lot of imagination.  

This was one of my favorite days.  The museum is so well set up and welcoming.  We will return again and again.  

We went on a Thursday, when the museum is free for all.  You must go online the Monday before you want to attend and reserve tickets.

January 10 2011
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"make reservations"

Don’t forget to make reservations for the ark before you go. We went not realizing that reservations are a must. Luckily we got there early enough and were high enough on the waiting list to get in. This was truly a wonderful experience…no matter what your religious beliefs. I loved how they talked about all of the references to “the ark” from different places around the globe. I really found the whole center to be welcoming of all people and cultures. What a rich place to take your children!
The amazing amount of creativity and originality that went into creating each animal is inspiring. The children loved every part of the exhibit as did I! This is an activity for all ages…from 1 to 100.
There are also other great events at the center. You should check the calendar out before you make your reservations. Maybe you could plan two events in one day out ;)

December 23 2010
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"Noah's Ark"

I took my 4 kids on a field trip to this great museum today in the hills of LA.  They loved the Noah's Ark exhibit with it's MANY hands on activities.  My 9 and 8 year old moved all the levers that made the storm sounds, turned the neck of the giraffe and played next to my 1 and 4 year old at the little ark replica with the miniature animals.  I was impressed with the wide variety of interactive play, things to climb on, and the pure art of creating beautiful animals out of recycled materials.  

The group rate was a reasonable price for an excellent museum and the crowds were just right.  Lots of young toddlers and preschoolers were playing in the ark, but because everyone is given a time to enter the ark (with a 2 hour limit) the play stations were always free for my kids to enjoy.

The story time was fun, although geared a bit low for my 4th and 2nd grader.  However, they didn't complain at all and thoroughly enjoyed being read to "IF You Give a Pig a Party"

After our time in the ark, we wandered through the other exhibits of the museum.  I was quite nervous as I led my young crowd through the glassed in exhibits of Jewish artifacts, art and clothing.  Several docents watched my little group carefully and I wasn't sure that taking my kids through was viewed as "acceptable".  However, we found a little "study room" off of the replica of a tabernacle that had children's books to read and a puzzle and I realized that, yes, my children were welcome, as long as they stayed on their best behavior.  I found it worth it to expose them to some Jewish history and culture, and I found myself enjoying it as well.

When we got home, my kids begged me to take them back to the ark for next week's field trip.  It was a success and I hope we can go again soon!

December 23 2010
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"All Aboard!"

This review is on the Noah's Ark @ the Skirball.

It is FREE every Thursday, but you have to get reservations online. They usually distribute fast. Always look on the first day of the month for 2 months later. Parking is FREE.

I loved it and so did my 2 year old. It wasn't crowded at all cause you have time limits as to when you can go in and when you have to leave by (2 hours)

The introduction was great and really gets you into the scene and viewing (all of the animals are made out recycled items).

Everything the children can touch. My son loved the zebras, making rain and lightning, putting the animals on the tram and watching them go up into the boat, playing in the net (if under 4 you have to go in with them), and the rainbow mist outside.

They have a craft table for older kids.

Definitely recommend this place for anytime.

December 23 2010
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"Fun with the Family"

This museum highlights the experiences of American Jews as they transitioned from the Old World to the New World. The goal of the Skirball Center is to bring people of all backgrounds together. The museum enjoys a tranquil setting along the Sepulveda Pass near the Getty Center, so you can plan a full day of museum touring while in this vicinity.
Exhibits here follow the ebb and flow of Jewish immigration; displays include fragments of original Ellis Island wooden benches and a sectional reconstruction of an archaeological dig. For lunch, Zeidlers, at the museum entrance, can’t be beat. Cuisine is light, fresh, and imaginative. Salads, sandwiches, and desserts are reasonably priced, and the ambience is family-friendly. The gift shop has an impressive range of books covering the Jewish experience, with an excellent selection of books for children. Count on two hours, including lunch.

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December 23 2010
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"I completely agree with the other review"

Our kids we completely enthralled with the Noah's Ark exhibit, one of the best exhibits we've seen in a museum.  Also our lunch was so delicious. I had a grilled Japanese eggplant sandwich that I have since tried to recreate with little success, it was SO good! The museum definitely prompts a lot of discussion with your children, particularly if they are older. Overall, it was a great museum.

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December 23 2010
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"Best three hours so far!"

We've just moved to LA and checked this out on a whim...we had a wonderful time!  Our two-year old was able to do the Dinosaur Dig on the roof of the Museum while we waited for our Noah's Ark reservation (Noah's Ark is a timed exhibit).  He loved finding his own "artifacts" - sifting, digging, and then covering them up again.
The Noah's Ark exhibit is FABULOUS.  Most of the animals are made of recycled materials and there are lots of stuffed animals as well.  The whole three-room Ark display is interactive, and our son was busy going from area to area...the staff also conducted a 15-minute music activity with instruments for each child.  We were able to create and take home a collage of the Ark - the best souvenir ever.  The staff is top-notch.  All are courteous and seem to really care that your child gets the full experience of the exhibit.

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