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Hammer Museum

Hammer Museum, UCLA (Los Angeles, CA)

10899 Wilshire Boulevard

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One of three public arts units of the School of Arts and Architecture at UCLA, The Hammer Museum presents exhibitions of contemporary and historical work in all media of the visual arts. Committed to promoting cultural understanding, to introducing the work of underrepresented artists, and to interpreting art of the past and present, the Museum has a series of temporary exhibitions in addition to displaying selections from its permanent collections.

The Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center (AHMACC) opened to the public in November 1990. Founded by Dr. Armand Hammer, the Museum featured galleries for his collections. However, when Dr. Hammer died in December 1990, three weeks after the opening of the Museum, all construction was halted and the building was never completed. In 1994, a partnership with UCLA was finalized, and the following year the University relocated its collections—along with the staff of the Wight Art Gallery and the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts—and took over operations.

Highlights of the collection include works by John Baldessari, Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, and Vincent van Gogh. The Museum continually offers a variety of public programs such as lectures, symposia, film series, readings, and musical performances. (KCE)

Hammer Museum, UCLA Information

  • Public Transportation: Very Good (steps from Metro buses 20, 720, and 761 at Wilshire Boulevard/Westwood Boulevard; Big Blue Buses 1, 2, 3, 8, 11, and 12 at Wilshire Boulevard/Westwood Boulevard; and Culver City Buses 6 and 6 Rapid at Wilshire Boulevard/Westwood Boulevard)
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 11a.m.–7 p.m. (open Thursdays until 9 p.m.); Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays
  • Admission: $10 adults; $5 seniors (65+) and UCLA Alumni Association Members with ID; free for museum members, students with ID, UCLA faculty and staff, military personnel, veterans, and visitors age 17 and under accompanied by an adult; free on Thursdays for all visitors
  • Tours: Group tours – may choose between viewing special exhibitions, the permanent collection, and the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden. The 45-minute tours are conducted Tuesdays–Fridays from 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Arrive 15 minutes prior to scheduled start time. Tour requests must be received 1 month prior to tour date. Groups must consist of at least 10 and no more than 40 people. Adult tours – require $100 non-refundable deposit. Student Groups and Non-Profit Organization tours – student/chaperone ratio is 6:1 for grades 2-5, 10:1 for grades 6-9, and 15:1 for grades 10-12. Tours for children under aged 7 are unavailable. School groups can also visit the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, which consists of more than 45,000 prints, drawings, photographs, and artists’ books dating from the Renaissance to the present. This is open to middle school students and up, by appointment only. Self-Guided tours – reservations required for groups of 20 or more at least 1 week prior to your visit
  • Membership: Individual membership is $50; Friend $75; Contributor $125; Supporter $350; Hammer Fellow $1000; Hammer Patron $2500. Members receive unlimited free admission, invitations to exhibition opening parties, and express entry and priority seating at all Hammer public programs. At higher levels, members receive invitations to private collection and studio tours.