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“Don't take your kids - they are not welcome” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Central L.A)
323-857-6000
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Ranked #8 of 310 Attractions in Los Angeles
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Since its inception in 1965, LACMA has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography—and represents Los Angeles’ uniquely diverse population. Today, the museum features particularly strong collections of Asian, Latin American, European, and American art, as well as a new contemporary museum on its campus, BCAM. With this expanded space for contemporary art, innovative collaborations with artists, and an ongoing transformation project, LACMA is creating a truly modern lens through which to view its rich encyclopedic collection—more than 100,000 works strong. With this much to explore, we encourage you to spend an entire day with us, delving deep into the work of your favorite artists, taking a free tour, catching a film or concert, or just letting your curiosity lead the way.
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“Don't take your kids - they are not welcome”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

I was in two minds about this review and thought about this for some time....but the bad impression has lingered.
LACMA has a great collection housed on a very large site encompassing gardens, multiple buildings and the tar pits and associated museum. You could easily spend days here. We visited only two buildings in a whole afternoon.
There is a good restaurant and I would recommend a cocktail at the bar beside the restaurant mid afternoon.
Down side is that that don't want you bringing children. The place is crawling with staff. Ot seems there are staff observing staff (not uncommon to see 3-4 in a single room). We were stalked by 2 or 3 at a time because we had kids with us. It was made very plain that family groups with young children are not wanted - art snobs only it seems. Due to the police state library experience we cut our visit short. It was simply too stressful.
I have visited previously in a group of three adults and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. So don't take the kids!
Bonus - there is a great food van location directly opposite with 5 or 6 vans. Good option for lunch.
Beware - the parking outside expires one hour before the museum closes and is a tow-away zone. Apparently this is a common trap for tourists and will cost you around $400.

Visited December 2013
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“great art + La Brea tarpits”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

First visit to downtown L.A. I thought my friends were joking when they said the LaBrea tarpits were adjacent to the museum. But it's true. LACMA is world-class. Didn't have time to see it all, but really enjoyed the Japanese art building and the European art. Courtyards were restful and cool on a hot day.

Visited October 2013
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“It has become the place to be!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Now with Ray's and Stark's, eating and drinking at the museum has become the place to be and with so many great exhibitions, it is just so fun.

Visited November 2013
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“If you like museums, LACMA is not to be missed...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

While it does not have the reputation of the great European museums, LACMA is the best L.A. has to offer. It stretches over seven buildings and covers the gamut, from ancient to modern and everything in-between, while its Latin American and Asian collections are outstanding. You can spend just a few hours or an entire day here, going from one gallery to another, from Indian and Himalayan art to pre-Colombian and Greek and the Impressionists, there is a place where kids could do their own water painting and there is lights exhibit in the evenings - a little bit of everything … There are some lovely outdoor areas for a break, a nice café, a good restaurant, a well stoked and a bit pricey gift shop and live chamber music on Sunday evenings (Jazz and Latin live music also used to be regularly performed – check the website). The La Brea Tar Pits next door are worth a quick visit.

Visited November 2013
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“Interesting and extensive collection.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

This museum is more spacious than you might realize. The range of art work is amazing. You really have to consult the map and try to cover everything.

Visited September 2013
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