Skirball Cultural Center
Participate in family programs, film screenings, festivals and exhibits that seek to unite people from all communities and cultural backgrounds.
What was once a small museum housed in Hebrew Union College has become a thriving center of cultural activity. Its new location, designed by Canadian architect Moshe Safdie, is an oasis built into a mountain off the 405 freeway and includes, in addition to the museum, a conference and performing-arts facilities, as well as a café. The museum's collection is filled with fascinating Judaica, from a reconstruction of an archaeological dig in the Near East to a room filled with Torah-based religious decorative arts and a display of American Jewish art and artifacts that chronicle the experience from antiquity to immigration to America. There's also a Children's Discovery Center, which offers archaeology practice digs. Several special exhibitions a year feature corresponding lectures. Although the main focus of the Skirball organization has been the Jewish experience, it now has adopted a new and exciting multicultural credo.