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Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

5905 Wilshire Boulevard

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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is a seven-building complex located in the heart of Los Angeles. Currently undergoing a 10-year expansion, the museum is growing substantially in order to display its collection of works from around the world that span, as the museum claims, “the entire history of art.”

This is the largest museum west of Chicago, whose impressive holdings include the collection of Asian art housed in Bruce Goff’s Pavilion for Japanese Art, a wide range of Latin American art, including works by Kahlo and Rivera, and a new 60,000-square-foot space devoted to contemporary art featuring the works of Baldessari, Basquiat, Rauschenberg, Serra, and more.

Children of all ages (under 18) can join Arts for NexGen LACMA, a free membership program that offers events just for kids. After Dark is a program just for teens, which presents exhibition openings exclusively for this age group.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Information

  • Public Transportation: Good (steps from buses 20, 217, 218, 780, and LDFX at Fairfax Avenue/Wilshire Blvd.)
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Hours: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday noon–8 p.m., Friday noon–9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.–8 p.m., closed Wednesday
  • Admission: $12, seniors (62+) and students $8, children (17 and under) free. After 5 p.m. admission is pay what you wish. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more
  • Free Day: On the second Tuesday of each month, general admission to the permanent galleries and non-ticketed exhibitions is free to all. Target also sponsors free holiday Mondays throughout the year
  • Tours: Free docent-led In Focus Tours are offered most days at 1 p.m.
  • Membership: For $90, members are entitled to unlimited free general admission to LACMA’s permanent collection and non-ticketed special exhibitions for two adults and children under 18; two free tickets to specially ticketed exhibitions; a members-only line, preview and priority admission for major special exhibitions; a members-only window at the museum’s box offices; and various discounts at the museum and surrounding businesses and on all museum lectures and educational programs
  • Other Benefits: Patron membership ($200/annually) gets you reciprocal memberships to other area museums, as well as invites to opening parties and special museum events.