Feed Your Head: LA’s New Food Museums

Are you keeping your New Year’s resolutions? According to research on the topic, about 60% of us admit that we make New Year’s resolutions, but only about 8% are successful in achieving them. Maybe part of the problem is that our top resolutions are diet and health-related!

What if you could satisfy your foodie cravings and still stick to your good intentions–and even learn something in the process (mastering a new skill is also a top resolution!). Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too! LA is home to a smorgasbord of food museums, offering delicious, Instagrammable experiences without the guilt!

Cheat Day Land

2018 E 7th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90021

The only pop-up museum dedicated to your favorite cheat meals, Cheat Day Land is a celebration of the foods we all dream about and deserve after a hard week’s workout. This immersive museum lends its energy to the idea of treating yourself with a cheat day-because you deserve it. Cheat Day Land hosts 17 fully immersive, imaginative environments in themes of all your “forbidden” foods-a journey through space and time with the vehicle being your favorite cheat day meals. Your guided tour will be lead by a Cheat Day specialist, who will walk you through all of the exhibits and installations. The museum also offers ideas for balancing a healthy lifestyle which still allows for snacking and occasional guilt-free cheating. Buy tickets here.

The Foodie Space

Pasadena Museum of California Art

490 Union Street

Pasadena, CA 91101

Wait, let me take a pic first! If you’ve ever heard those words or said them yourself before being allowed to dig into your meal, then you’re probably a foodie.The Foodie Space pop up is the serial foodie photo-taker’s wildest dream come true. Imagine colossal glitter fries that you can marry, playing with a giant overflowing noodle bowl of phở, an over-sized tea set mad enough to make Alice jealous, and many more to interact with! Playfully poking fun at society’s obsession with social media and #foodporn, visitors will have a chance to take tons of glorious food pics to their heart’s content. Each interactive exhibit was made by hand by local artists. Buy tickets here.

Pacific Food & Beverage Museum

731 S. Pacific Ave.

San Pedro CA 90731

The Pacific Food & Beverage Museum (PacFAB) showcases the work of those who have shaped, and continue to shape, our nation’s cuisine and illustrates the rich culinary traditions of California, the American West, Pacific Rim, and beyond. Led by Director Tracey Mitchell, PacFAB takes an expansive and inquisitive approach to its programs, examining the past, present, and future of food and drink, featuring gallery exhibitions, curated dinners, mixology seminars, film, television, and radio development, and other programs.

PacFAB is also home to The Museum of the American Cocktail‘s Los Angeles Collection, which showcases the work of those who have shaped, and continue to shape, our nation’s cuisine and illustrate the rich culinary traditions of California, the American West, Pacific Rim, and beyond.

Disgusting Food Museum

A+D Architecture and Design

900 E. 4th St.

Los Angeles, CA, 90013

Okay, we saved the best for last! The Disgusting Food Museum is not just an exhibit, but a celebration of food from around the world, highlighting how different cultures may or may not view certain things as disgusting. First displayed in Sweden, the collection of 100 plus foods was conceived and curated by psychologist and innovation researcher, Dr. Samuel West, well-known as “Dr. Failure” after the runaway success of his Museum of Failure. Foodies, travelers, and the just plain curious can explore unfamiliar food creations, smell new and face-cringing aromas and take selfies at the far from usual grand finale tasting bar with select creations to sample! Amazing and bizarre Instagrammable moments are endless at the internationally known museum. Buy tickets now.

LA Plaza Cocina…coming soon

La Plaza Cocina, the country’s first museum/teaching kitchen dedicated to Mexican cuisine, will make its debut in early 2019 at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. Los Angeles residents will be able to visit the 2,500-square-foot space to be located in LA Plaza Village, the first major new development in the El Pueblo Historical Monument area of downtown. La Plaza Cocina will mark an expansion of LA Plaza’s role in celebrating and showcasing the rich and diverse Mexican history, art and culture of L.A. The museum will explore and project the Mexican culture for visitors through a myriad of events, multidisciplinary programming, exhibitions and a state-of-the-art test kitchen for hands-on classes with professional chefs held at the location.