The Skirball Cultural Center founded by Uri D. Herscher and opened to the public in 1996 is an educational institution in which exhibits, live music, programs, and performances of all kinds are held and appreciated by people in Los Angeles, California. According to the website, the center was founded on the Jewish tradition of “welcoming the stranger and inspired by the American democratic ideals of freedom and equality.”

With the mission to make a more just society and help foster human connections, the meeting place is for those of all backgrounds and communities to enjoy. The center gets its name from a married couple by the names of Jack H. Skirball and Audrey Skirball-Kenis who were prominent philanthropists who were in support of Reform Judaism. They helped plan and fund the construction of the Jewish educational center. Mr. Skirball passed away in 1985 after the center had been opened.

The museum located in the Skirball Cultural Center was collected and established in 1972 before the center itself even came to be. It was held in the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion located in Los Angeles. The Visions and Values: Jewish Life from Antiquity to America collection explores over 4,000 years of Jewish history, values, and experiences.

The Skirball Cultural Center offers a variety of educational opportunities through online programs, permanent and temporary exhibitions, film, and family classes. One of the institution’s most esteemed exhibitions is the replica of Noah’s Ark made with eight thousand square feet of wood. In addition to this exhibit, the museum also has the permanent collection titled Visions and Values and a Discovery Center.

Located at 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049, the Skirball Cultural Center is closed Monday but reopens on Tuesday through Friday from noon until 5 PM and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM until 5 PM. For those with questions or comments, as well as anyone just looking for more information about the center, a representative of the company can be contacted at (310) 440-4500 or an email can be sent to

Admission is $12 for general admission, $9 for seniors as well as full time students with their IDs and children over 12, $7 for children 2-12, and free to children under 2 as well as members of the museum. Free entry is also admitted for all on Thursdays.

Through the Special Admissions Program, select people can get free admission to the Skirball Cultural Center. These include Golden State Advantage Card (EBT Card) holders, essential workers as determined by the State of California, pre-K through Grade 12 teachers, clergy members and first responders, active duty military service members, anyone with Federal Disability identification, NARM, CAJM, and MARP reciprocal members, Association of Children’s Museums members, and TeenTix LA Passholders. Visit their website here for promo codes for these discounts.

When visiting, the cultural center asks that everyone follow the following rules: no smoking except in designated areas, no phone calls in the galleries, children must be present with an adult 18 years or older, and no excessive photography or videography outside of what a phone can produce.

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