Skirball Cultural Center Experience

Skirball: Fraggle Rock & Noah’s Ark

We started our day rather early, meaning we were up and out the door by 9:30 a.m.  After reading reviews online the best advice stated to go early in the morning.  My sister and I were glad that we did because there was plenty to see and we beat the crowds.


The Jim Henson Exhibition:  Imagination Unlimited

Skirball Cultural Center Experience, Jim Henson, Exhibition

Jim Henson name is synonymous with two shows from my childhood and that’s Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock.  This year Fraggle Rock is celebrating thirty-five years since it was originally created back in 1983.  The puppet characters created a sense of nostalgia as we walked through the exhibition.

Skirball Cultural Center, Jim Henson, Fraggle Rock History,

Adults and children alike both enjoyed the Sesame Street exhibit.  Our love for Sesame Street continued as we watched clips from the television show that demonstrated caring, and compassion for everyone regardless of race, religion or gender.

Skirball Cultural Center Experience, Jim Henson, Exhibition
Skirball Cultural Center Experience, Jim Henson, Exhibition

Leonard Bernstein at 100 Exhibit

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) was a composer, conductor, and pianist.  He wrote such musical classics for West Side Story, Peter Pan and On The Waterfront.

The exhibition is organized by the Grammy Museum and has more than 150 items and interactive displays.  The exhibit gave snippets of insight into his writing process with handwritten musical score sheets.  We especially enjoyed the try your hand at conducting the Vienna Philharmonic display.

Family Art Studio 

Part of the family programs that are available includes arts and crafts available in the Family Art Studio.  The schedule for August 16-September 2, 2018 ongoing program is titled “Puppets Like Us.”  Guests are able to create hand puppets using arts and crafts material to resemble The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited.

The hand puppet I created resembled more like just a sock with some squiggly yarn glued on.  I can definitely, see the talent it takes to create a puppet character.

Family Amphitheater

There are two live performances inside the Family Amphitheater at 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.  Every weekend there are different performers on Saturday and Sunday.  Puppetry, classical music and West African drum performances have been held during the month of July and for the remainder of August.

This Sunday’s performance was provided by Los Cambalache (Mexican Son Jarocho Music).  The music was upbeat and very festive.  Children who were in attendance stood in front of the live band and danced to the music.  After each song selection, the band explained the musical instruments that were used which created an educational and fun atmosphere.

Noah’s Ark

Noah’s Ark is built over 15 feet high, 65 feet long, and 41 feet wide according to the Skirball.  It’s an impressive collection of toy animals, sounds, and interactive activities.  Below is the beginning of the animal’s journey as they made their way to the Ark.

After the animals arrived on Noah’s Ark they prepared for the flood and sought shelter preparing for their new life.  Pictured below is the artistry created to reflect their new shelter and journey.

Skirball, Noah's Ark, Los Angeles, CA
Skirball, Noah's Ark, Los Angeles, CA
Skirball Cultural Center Experience, Noah's Ark

In total, this 8,000 square foot gallery consists of an array of animals, fake poop and weather sound effects.  Besides the handcrafted animals, a rope course seemed to be the favorite activity for children.

Before we left the cultural center we decided to stop by Audrey’s Museum Store to pick up souvenirs.  With so many Elmo and The Muppets, merchandise expect to spend a good amount of time browsing around the store.

Final Thoughts

The Skirball Cultural Center has plenty of interactive displays for children of all ages.  Plan ahead to enjoy the free exhibitions at your leisure.  Helpful tip: Building doors are not electronic if you have a stroller/wheelchair be aware that someone will have to hold open the doors to enter/exit.

Price for general admission cost $12.00, discounts are provided for full-time students, seniors, and children.  Helpful tip: Every Thursday Museum Admission is free and on a first-come-first-served basis.  Parking at the Skirball Cultural Center is free except during summer concert hours.

The Skirball Cultural Center is located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.  Los Angeles, CA 90049. For more information on hours of operation, they can be reached at (310) 440-4500 or on their website at

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