Hollywood Bowl Museum
The Hollywood Bowl Museum celebrates one of Los Angeles’ most storied landmarks – a venue that has shaped our global cultural heritage, helping define music and performance for over a century.
The museum opened in 1984 in what was originally the Tea Room. It was completely rebuilt as the Edmund D. Edelman Hollywood Bowl Museum in 1996 to provide a historical context for this iconic venue.
Located at the bottom of Peppertree Lane, the Hollywood Bowl Museum is the first building visitors see upon entering the grounds from Highland Avenue.
The museum is a celebration of one of Los Angeles’ most historic landmarks – a venue that has played a major role in music, entertainment and has helped shape the careers of some of the most famous performers of the 20th and 21st centuries.
You are invited to visit the museum before concerts to enhance and enrich your Bowl experience. Admission is free.
Museum Hours & Admission
Admission: FREE all year
June through mid-September
Tuesday – Saturday:
10 a.m. – show time
Sunday: 4 p.m. – show time
Mid-September through June
Saturday – Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday – Friday:
10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, and New Year's Day
The Bowl Walk is a fun, self-guided tour for visitors of all ages. It features 10 photographic displays throughout the property, presenting information on the cultural events, history, natural environment, and architecture of the Hollywood Bowl, a Los Angeles historic landmark. The walk is a great option for visitors who do not have a large enough group for a docent-led tour, who enjoy self-led tours, or who are visiting the Bowl on days the museum is closed.
The Hollywood Bowl is the first amphitheater in California to be certified as an Audubon Society Cooperative Sanctuary for its efforts to conserve resources and promote conservation. To learn more about the Hollywood Bowl's Green Initiatives here.
The Hollywood Bowl Museum provides FREE tours for groups of 10 or more, immersing you in a unique, behind-the-scenes experience.
Complete with a walk backstage and on-stage, when circumstances allow, the tour also takes you on a visit to the Museum as well as to the top of the seating area for a picturesque view of the Hollywood sign. Strolling the grounds during the day, when the Bowl is empty of concertgoers, will give you an unfettered view of the venue’s grand scale.
On Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays during the busy concert season (June to September), visitors are able to watch a rehearsal by the LA Philharmonic or Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, instead of going backstage. If this is of interest, please mention it when booking your tour.
The Hollywood Bowl Museum hosts a permanent exhibit on the history of the Bowl and features a second floor with a temporary exhibit. Museum guests of all ages can participate in exploring the historical and cultural context of the Hollywood Bowl, the musicians that performed there, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
In the event of rain, museum and Bowl tours will be cancelled.
Book a Tour
To book a tour, please contact the museum at 323-850-2058, or email the museum assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tours may be booked up to one month in advance.
Dates: Tuesday – Friday for groups of 10 or more
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Group Size: 10 – 40
School Grades: 3rd and up
Chaperone: School groups must provide one adult for every 10 students.
Other Educational Programs
Music Mobile is a volunteer-based program, provided by the Bowl’s speakers’ bureau, which offers lessons on musical instruments to students in five-week blocks, twice a year. Students in the program also have an opportunity to tour the Bowl and museum.
To participate in Music Mobile, call 213-706-1174.
The Hollywood Bowl Museum welcomes enthusiasts and music lovers to engage with us and become part of the Hollywood Bowl family.
The museum seeks gallery guides during the summer months, from June to September, to assist patrons with general questions about the Bowl and to share its history. As a museum guide, you will interact with guests from across the United States and around the globe.
To get involved or to request more information, please call the Hollywood Bowl Museum at 323-850-2058, or email the museum assistant at email@example.com. The museum will begin contacting potential gallery guides in May.
Docents are paid positions and are great for people who love the Bowl and enjoy teaching and interacting with groups of varying ages and backgrounds.
The docents lead groups on tours of the Hollywood Bowl and museum, offering insights about the venue’s historical, cultural, and social importance.
Email resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Volunteer Opportunities
For additional information on other volunteering opportunities at the Hollywood Bowl, click here.