Los Angeles County Museum of Art

What Is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art?

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, or LACMA as it’s called, is a world-class art museum that attracts millions of visitors every year. It contains more than 150,000 works that span from ancient times to modern exhibits.

LACMA is the largest art museum in the Western U.S. and one of the largest in the country. Visitors can visit five buildings, which make up the Los Angeles County Museum of Art campus.

One of its most famous exhibits is Urban Light, an unusual collection of 200+ old vintage streetlights that are lit up at night. Artwork from throughout history is displayed, from ancient art to Andy Warhol and Picasso, to the history of Surfing.

 

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Where is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art?

Situated on Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile area of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is adjacent to the famous La Brea Tar Pits, one of the richest sources of Ice Age fossils worldwide.

The LACMA campus is on the north side of Wilshire Boulevard between Fairfax Avenue and Curson. It extends three and a half blocks and spans the area north to 6th Street.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is in an area known as Museum Row because of the cultural and historical museums and galleries located close together. These include:

The Page Museum of LaBrea Discoveries
Craft and Folk Art Museum
Wende Museum
Edward Cella Art and Architecture Gallery
Peterson Automotive Museum

What Can I Do at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art?

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is always evolving. While art is divided up into exhibits by region and/or type, museum pieces will change over time. Here are some of the exhibits that are available to visitors:

  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • American and Latin American Art
  • Asian Art
  • Greek, Roman, and Etruscan Art
  • Islamic Art
  • Decorative Art and Design
  • Permanent Exhibits
  • Photography
  • Film

If you are visiting the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, be sure to check out the Levitated Mass outside. As the name implies, it’s a giant rock that sits on top of a walkway. If you get up to the third floor of one of the main buildings, you can also take in the Hollywood Sign in the distance.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art features films and hosts a concert series.
Right now, the museum is undergoing construction and renovation. The museum is open during this time, but some LACMA exhibits may be restricted during certain construction periods.

The L.A. County Museum of Art is preparing for the addition of a permanent collection:  The David Geffen Galleries. That collection is scheduled to open to the public in 2024.

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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