Points of Interest

Points of interest | International Printing MuseumLos Angeles and Southern California is full of fun and exciting adventures for both adults and children. Check out the some of the best places below…

Printing Related Sites

    • The Huntington Library – The Huntington Library has on display some of the finest rare books and manuscripts of Anglo-American civilization. Altogether, there are about 6 million items. Among the treasures for research and exhibition are the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, a Gutenberg Bible on vellum, the double-elephant folio edition of Audubon’s Birds of America, and a world-class collection of the early editions of Shakespeare’s works.
      • The J. Paul Getty Museum – The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center in Los Angeles houses European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and photography from its beginnings to the present, gathered internationally.
    • ArtCenter College of Design – ArtCenter (Pasadena) College of Design offers a new model for art and design education in the 21st century. Our visionary approach is based on the College’s conservatory-like approach to teaching and learning; a desire for rich, intercultural and transdisciplinary dialogue; and a mandate to provide students innovative learning and making spaces.
    • Otis College of Art and Design Laboratory Press – is a fully functioning letterpress studio with four Vandercook proof presses and over 200 fonts. The LabPress has a rich history of small edition book publishing, introducing generations of students to the origins of typography and the notion of the book as a visual communications medium.
    • Church of Type – The Church of Type is a full-custom art and design studio working exclusively in the sweet science of authentic handset letterpress. It houses one of the most extensive wood and metal type collections in use today.

Other Interesting Sites

  • The Lomita Railroad Museum – The Lomita Railroad Museum is dedicated to educating and informing the public about railroads—particularly of the steam era—the present, past, and future of transportation, the history of the U.S. Westward Expansion, the settlement of California, and the people who made this all happen.

 

  • The Queen Mary  – From the ship’s groundbreaking construction and royal launch as the most luxurious and technologically advanced ocean liner at the time, to her duty as a troopship during WWII, to her golden days of the 1950s, to her earning the nickname, the “haunted ship,” the Queen Mary’s history is full of action, adventure, romance and paranormal activity.Not to mention its very own print shop!
  • The Los Angeles Public Library  – Enjoy the art and architecture of the 1926 Bertram Goodhue Building with its distinctive sphinxes and rooftop pyramid. Wander through the high-tech, 1993 Tom Bradley Wing, designed by architect Norman Pfeiffer, and gaze at the 8-story atrium with its whimsical chandeliers. Learn about the library’s comprehensive book, magazine, audio and videotape collections as well as its extensive network of informational databases.
  • Norton Simon Museum  – Norton Simon’s activity as a collector spanned more than 30 years and encompassed the purchase of more than 8,000 works of art during his lifetime.

Other Activities

  • Beaches  – Dining
  • The Red Car – (Torrance)American style food and brewery.
  • Abigaile – (Hermosa Beach)The church-turned Black Flag rehearsal space-turned restaurant has a menu as diverse as the venue’s storied history – there’s smoked pork confit pop tarts, a riff on bibimbap, and even a selection of house-brewed ales.. Sara Recommends but it is a bit of a drive.
  • Kagura – (Torrance) Really any Japanese restaurant will be good in the area, the South Bay has the highest population of Japanese-Americans in the country. Kagura specializes in tonkatsu and izakaya-style comfort food.
  • Guh-Mok Korean BBQ – (Torrance) The South Bay also has one of the largest Korean-American communities in the country. If you can’t make it out all the way to Koreatown no worries, we’ve got just as delicious table side grilled Korean BBQ.
  • Chubby Rice – (Hawthorne)This takeout Chinese restaurant is known for it’s simple and delicious menu and great prices.
  • In-N-Out Burger – (Torrance)This is a California MUST. You gotta have the double-double with Animal Style Fries. Fun fact: if you tell them it’s your first time there you get a hat and stickers!
  • For Convenience:
    Just across the street from the Museum there is a shopping center with a Starbucks, Subway, Waba Grill, Chile Verde Mexican Restauarant, Burger King, and Hawaiin BBQ. Good fast eats nearby.