Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, also known by the acronym LACMA, is the largest museum in the west of the United States and houses over 150,000 works representing the history of art right through to the present day. 

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), located next to the La Brea Tar Pits, has a wide range of exhibits that include Egyptian, Greek and Roman archaeological artefacts, European paintings, an extensive collection of Latin American art and much more.

History

Established as an independent museum in 1961, the LACMA was born as part of the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science and Art. In 1965 the museum moved and became independent to begin its large-scale expansion.

During the 1980s, the museum received millions of dollars in private donations, which boosted both the growth of its facilities as well as its remarkable collections.

Visiting

This enormous museum has eight hectares of land, on which there are seven buildings with different galleries displaying over 100,000 objects from all around the world, offering visitors the chance to walk through the history of art in all its forms.

The LACMA has incredibly extensive and varied collections that include pieces of  Korean, African and Egyptian art, as well as Greek ceramics, European paintings, modern art, European sculptures, and much more. Here are some of the most popular collections:

  • Japanese Art: The museum houses a collection of Japanese pieces dating from 3,000 BC to the 21st century, among which you can see Buddhist and Shinto sculptures, ceramic pieces, Edo paintings, armour and much more.
  • Islamic Art: This museum has one of the most important collections of contemporary Middle Eastern art (many of the works recently acquired) through which they seek to build links between the past, present and future through art.
  • Colonial Art: The section dedicated to Spanish colonial art demonstrates a great demand for the artistic creations that have emerged from the union of native and foreign traditions.

 

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art categorises its exhibits into different periods and themes, making it an ideal choice for all tastes that attracts nearly one million visitors every year.

Schedule

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays: from 11 am to  pm.
Fridays: from 11 am to 8 pm.
Saturdays and Sundays: from 10 am to 7 pm.
Wednesdays: closed.

Price

Adults: US$25
Students and Seniors over 65: US$21
Children under 17: free.

Transport

Bus: numbers 20, 217, 218, 720 and 780.

Nearby places

La Brea Tar Pits (350 m) Stahl House (4.2 km) Hollywood Boulevard (4.3 km) Rodeo Drive (4.4 km) Madame Tussauds (4.5 km)