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Sometimes the beach just won’t cut it. With sweltering temperatures sweeping across the Southland, even the coolest patch of Pacific might be futile in the quest to quell the heat. But don’t sweat it. Here are five air-conditioned exhibits that prove to be a perfect summer refuge.

Maya Hayuk's "Heavy Lights," 2012

1. Never Built: Los Angeles, at the Architecture and Design Museum
In a city constantly driven by innovation and imagination, some of these dreams remain, well, just that. Never Built: Los Angeles examines these visions, rife with renderings and models of an L.A. that could have been. Perhaps it might still be. Opens July 27. Admission $20 for non-members. Architecture and Design Museum, 6032 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.,323.932.9393, aplusd.org

2. The Poetry of Paper, at the Getty
The Getty’s vast collection extols the virtue of painting, but what about the bits of canvas that go untouched? The Poetry of Paper explores the world of negative space, an often overlooked component of artistry. What’s there, they say, is just as important as what isn’t. Opens July 23. Admission is free. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7330, getty.edu

3. Becoming Los Angeles, at the Natural History Museum
This ode to the City of Angels coincides with the museum’s 100th birthday, giving patrons twice the reason to visit the Exposition Park institution. Chronicling the genesis of our beloved city, the just-opened exhibit is sure to please even the most ardent of Angelenos. Now open. Admission $12 for non-members. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., L.A., 213.763.3466, nhm.org

4. Western Frontiers: Stories of Fact and Fiction, at the Autry National Center
Before the flashbulbs and the fast lane, Los Angeles stood as a rustic frontier outpost, a far cry from the manicured cityscape of today. The Autry celebrates this gun-slinging past with a new firearms gallery and artwork and artifacts that commemorate the dusty days of yore. Opens July 27. Admission $10 for non-members. Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, L.A., 323.667.2000, theautry.org

5. Maya Hayuk, at the Hammer Museum
When it comes to color, Maya Hayuk does not dabble. The muralist’s bright works captivate with explosive hues, all while exploring the organization of patterns and symmetry. Discover her unique blend at the Hammer, complete with a custom-made project painted right on the museum’s wall. Opens August 17. Admission is $10. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 310.443.7000, hammer.ucla.edu