The first thing you see when you approach this museum is the graffiti-riddled parking structure. Was it vandalized by local taggers? Nope—it's the handiwork of artist George Kenny Scharf as part of this museum's dedication to all forms of Californian art, architecture, and design from 1850 to the present. The regularly changing exhibits are focused and thoughtfully presented; you might find anything from early California landscapes to contemporary works on car culture.
The rooftop terrace affords views of the San Gabriel Mountains and the dome of the 1927 City Hall.