Hours of Operation

Los Angeles is not a 24-hour city like New York, but through much of the area, business extends well into the evening, especially for the bigger stores and chains and malls. On Monday certain restaurants, nightclubs, and shops (such as outdoor sports-gear rental stores) are closed.

Many L.A. museums are closed on Monday and major holidays. However, a few of the preeminent art museums, including the Norton Simon and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, stay open on Monday. Instead, the Norton Simon is closed Tuesday, the Los Angeles County museum on Wednesday. Most museums close around 5 pm or 6 pm, and most stay open late at least one night a week, often Thursday. Many museums, large and small, have weekly or monthly free days or hours when no admission is charged.

Most stores in Los Angeles are open 10 to 6, although many stay open until 9 pm or later, particularly those in trendy areas such as Melrose Avenue and in Santa Monica. Amoeba Music in East Hollywood, for example, is open until 11 pm most nights. Shops along Melrose, Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, and in Los Feliz often don't get moving until 11 am or noon. Most shops are open on Sunday at least in the afternoon.