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Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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Culture vultures flock to the largest art museum in the western United States to view collections spanning the history of art from ancient to modern.

One of the country’s most comprehensive storehouses of old and new art is situated in the beating heart of LA’s cultural area on Wilshire Boulevard. More commonly known by the acronym LACMA, this large museum is a sprawling 20-acre (eight-hectare), seven-building complex. Its galleries have more than 100,000 objects ranging in age from ancient times to the present day. Beyond giant canvases and gilt-framed pieces you’ll find sculptures, prints, photography, costumes and textiles.

There’s something to delight and inspire the art critic in every visitor. The works are divided into numerous curatorial divisions including Japanese art, Islamic art, art of the ancient Americas, Egyptian art and modern and contemporary art. These diverse exhibits provide a refreshing respite from the LA hustle, entertainments and theme park distractions.

In 2004, this anchor of the LA art scene began an ambitious 10-year expansion and renovation known as the “Transformation.” The Transformation will redesign public areas and gardens and add exhibition space and buildings. One addition, the Broad Contemporary Art Museum, is a three-story, 60,000-square-foot (5,600-square-meter) space for post-World War II art, including works by contemporary artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.

LACMA hasn’t forgotten that there may be children in your party and offers many activities designed to engage young minds, including art classes and activities coordinated with special exhibits.

Although art is the biggest attraction, people also come for the free live music. Jazz sessions are held Friday evenings and classical music can be heard in the Bing Theater on Sundays.

LACMA is seven miles (11 kilometers) west of downtown LA. There is paid parking at the Pritzker Parking Garage nearby on Sixth Street. The museum is open every day except Wednesdays.

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Jan 28, 2020

Check for what's open during renovation,

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 26, 2019

The Urban Lights art installation is excellent for photos

5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 3, 2019

World class museum. 4 buildings completely filled with a wide range of art from around the world. Right next door to La Brea Tar Pits which is also incredibly cool.  Petersen Auto Museum (also awesome), is just a block away also.

5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 26, 2018

What an awesome Museum. Free Jazz and Classical Music Concerts on Friday and Sunday evenings . The last 2 of the year were in November and they were great. Check website or call to make sure of dates and times.

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