Los Angeles

United States

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
Phone: 323-857-6000
Fax: 323-857-0098
Website: www.lacma.org

Los Angeles County Museum Of Art

Established in 1910 as part of the Los Angeles Museum of History, Art and Science, LACMA now holds 100,000 works of art, making it the largest encyclopaedic museum west of Chicago.

Experience European masterpieces, cutting-edge contemporary art, an extensive collection of American art from the United States and Latin America, a major Islamic art collection, one of the most comprehensive Korean art collections outside of Korea, and the stunning Pavilion for Japanese art.

In addition, the museum’s research library is open to the public by appointment, as is the Teacher Resource Center, which provides slides, videotapes, and other materials for educational programming in the classroom. The library of the Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Art is also open by appointment.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (2)

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Permanent Collection

African Art: The works in the collection include body adornments, masks with bright paint and raffia, small figures of wood and ivory, bronzes, beaded crowns, and stools.

Ancient Near Eastern Art: Objects in the collection include cylinder seals, pottery, bronze horse-trappings, silver vessels, and a group of massive Assyrian stone reliefs.

Art of the Ancient Americas: A significant portion of the collection, which was assembled by Proctor Stafford and acquired by the museum in 1986, represents the ceramic funerary offerings found in the tombs of the West Mexican states of Nayarit, Colima, and Jalisco.

Art of the United States: The collection is composed primarily of oil paintings, watercolors, and sculptures that date from the colonial period to World War II. In addition, the holdings include representational works created after 1940 by artists who came to prominence earlier.

Chinese Art: LACMA began to acquire Chinese art in the 1920s, from the 1960s onward, holdings expanded from a core of Chinese ceramics to include Chinese paintings, ancient bronzes, jades, lacquer, and furniture.

Contemporary Art: LACMA's collection of contemporary art contains almost two thousand works from across the Americas, Europe, and Asia, created between 1945 and the present. A diverse range of media and forms are represented, including painting and sculpture, installation and conceptual art, and video and film.

Costume and Textiles: LACMA has an encyclopedic collection of more than fifty thousand objects, representing more than one hundred cultures and two thousand years of human creativity in the textile arts.

Decorative Arts: The collection contains silver and oth...+ [ Read all ]


Magritte and Contemporary Art: The Treachery of Images
Magritte and Contemporary Art: The Treachery of Images is the first major exhibition to explore the impact of Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte's (1898-1967) work on U.S. and European artists of the post-war generation. Featuring sixty-eight paintings and drawings by Magritte, including many international loans of his signature works, and sixty-eight works in diverse media by thirty-one contemporary artists such as Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Vija Celmins, Robert Gober, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons, Ed Ruscha, and Andy Warhol, the exhibition examines the different and sometimes unconscious ways that pop, conceptual, and post-modern sensibilities have referenced Magritte's ideas and imagery. In addition, the exhibition installation is specially designed by conceptual artist John Baldessari and includes an inventive presentation that is playful and humorous, yet provides a deep visual understanding of Magritte's work. Magritte and Contemporary Art: The Treachery of Images is on view at LACMA from November 19, 2006, through March 4, 2007, and will not travel to other venues.
Co-curated by Stephanie Barron, LACMA Senior Curator of Modern Art, and Michel Draguet, Director of the MusĂ©es Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, with cooperation from the Magritte Foundation, 
Magritte and Contemporary Art: The Treachery of Images goes beyond overt analogies between the work of Magritte and contemporary artists to explore the more idiosyncratic and subtle connections of visual, thematic, and philosophical references. Looking at works in a range of media from a number of decades, the exhibition reveals the ways in w...+ [ Read all ]


Adults - $9
Seniors (62+) with ID - $5
Students (18+) with ID - $5
Children (17 and under) - FREE

Opening hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – 12noon to 8pm.
Friday – 12 noon to 9pm.
Saturday, Sunday – 11am to 8pm.

Museum closed on Wednesday, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Getting there

Driving directions:
From the Santa Monica Freeway (10), LACMA can be reached by exiting at Fairfax and heading north.
m the southbound Hollywood Freeway, LACMA caFron be reached by exiting at Highland, continuing south to Wilshire, then turning right.
For additional maps and driving instructions, see Yahoo maps.

For public transportation information, visit the Metro http://www.mta.net and enter 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90036 as your destination.

Due to LACMA's construction project, free parking is no longer available in the Spaulding lot. Paid parking is available:
$5, Spaulding lot (Wilshire and Spaulding)
$6, Petersen Automotive Museum parking lot (Wilshire & Fairfax)
$8, Page Museum of La Brea Discoveries lot (6th & Curson)
Metered parking is also available along 6th Street, Wilshire Boulevard, and neighboring side streets during select hours.
We encourage visitors to carpool or use public transportation.


Wheelchair Access: For wheelchair access to the museum's galleries, elevators to the plaza level are located immediately inside the Wilshire Boulevard entrance of LACMA East. The Ahmanson Building, the Modern and Contemporary Art Building (with a bridge to the Hammer Building), the Bing Theater building, the Japanese Pavilion and LACMA West are all fully accessible from the plaza level.

Wheelchairs and assistive listening devices are available free of charge and require a photo ID for use at the museum.

Please e-mail us at afraser@lacma.org or call 323-857-6000 and follow the voice prompts to ensure your specific needs will be met at the time of your visit.

Pentimento: Fine indoor and outdoor sit-down dining & full bar. Reservations are recommended for Pentimento: 323 857-4761

Sun 11 am–6 pm
Mon, Tue, Thu 12 noon–8 pm
Fri 12 noon–8:30 pm
Sat 11 am–8 pm

Brunch is served Sundays from 11 am–3 pm

Afternoon tea is offered on all open days from 2–5 pm. For reservations, call 323 857-4761. Reservations must be made one day in advance.

Plaza Café
Café-style dining with indoor and outdoor seating. Wine & beer available.

Sun 11 am–8 pm
Mon, Tue, Thu 12 noon–8 pm
Fri 12 noon–8:30 pm
Sat 11 am–8 pm

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LACMA offers a variety of public programs for all audiences.
The Film Department celebrates the international art of cinema, past and present, with thematic film series, retrospectives and tributes devoted to the work of the art form's greatest practitioners. LACMA also previews new studio, independent and foreign films.
LACMA's Department of Music Programs, six-time national winner of the ASCAP/Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming (in 1991, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2001, and 2003), annually presents concert series featuring outstanding international ensembles and soloists in programs with repertoires that range from established masterworks to important new compositions. All concerts are at 8:00 pm, unless otherwise noted. Classical Sunday concerts, avant-garde programs, and Friday Night Jazz performances from April through December are part of the museum’s acclaimed music program.


Children under the age of 18 can become members of NexGen LACMA, a free membership program that includes NexGen Family Sundays offering artmaking, tours of the collections, or music every Sunday, and School’s Out, We’re In featuring special programs on selected school holidays.
LACMA’s art class program offers studio classes for children as young as 3 ½ with their parents or caregivers, and children on their own starting at age 6, as well as seasonal art camps.
Adult studio and art history classes are offered on weekends throughout the year. Programs for teens include specially designed classes and Club NexGen, which presents exhibition openings exclusively for teenagers.


Visitors with Visual Impairments Gallery tours incorporating tactile experiences are offered in an audio-descriptive style.

Visitors with Hearing Impairments Tours with sign-language interpreters or with FM amplification systems are provided upon request (limited to 15 and 6 people, respectively).

Kids and Families
Programs for Youth at Risk Outreach art projects geared specifically to youth at risk extend beyond the boundaries of the museum galleries. Projects include art workshops and lectures related to the museum’s collections.

Teachers and Schools
Programs for Special Education Students The Art for All program, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Division of Special Education, offers special education class tours and workshops throughout the year.

Programs for Learning-Disabled Students Also in collaboration with LAUSD, this program offers Los Angeles County schools with learning-disabled students a two-session program at the museum that consists of a guided tour of LACMA's permanent collection and a hands-on art workshop.

Programs for Youth at Risk Outreach art projects geared specifically to youth at risk extend beyond the boundaries of the museum galleries. Projects include art workshops and lectures related to the museum’s collections.

Support for Art for All is provided in part by the Frederick R. Weisman Philanthropic Foundation and the Los Angeles Times Family Fund.
For more information, please contact: Art for All, Education Department Los Angeles County Museum of Art 5905 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, California 90036+ [ Read all ]


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