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“DO miss it!”

Museum of Latin American Art
Ranked #22 of 85 things to do in Long Beach
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Known as MoLAA, this combination museum and cultural center is devoted exclusively to contemporary Latin American art, including paintings, lithographs and sculptures, and also offers shows, classes, wine tastings, an open-air market gift shop and a restaurant.
Kansas City Area
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“DO miss it!”
Reviewed September 17, 2011

What a colossal waste of time and money. Two lousy galleries, most exhibits closed and an unhelpful staff made this sad "museum" one of the most lacking cultural experiences we've ever endured. From the Prado in Madrid, to the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires, we've visited worthy museums all over the world, and this joke of a museum is at the very bottom of the pile. Don't bother with this place, and don't be taken in by the pretty exterior of this nicely packaged clip joint. A true disappointment in every way.

2 Thank kcbobo
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Kansas City, Missouri
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“What a RIPOFF!”
Reviewed September 17, 2011

While visiting Long Beach, the owner of the hotel we were staying at recommended MOLAA & we couldn't have been more disappointed. They had 2 exhibits opening the next day so 2 areas were closed off. But the building was large we thought since they were charging us FULL PRICE, there must still be a lot to see. Wrong! Even the sculpture garden outside was a disaster - filled with tables, lights & catering people preparing for that night's event to sneak preview the new exhibits for big donors. Here's a marketing tip for the staff - next time say "Sorry the big exhibits are closed; the museum is free today - please enjoy the museum & come back when all the exhibits are open." They are not interested in promoting Latin American art...just your $18.

3 Thank Sandi M
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Tampa, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
220 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 340 helpful votes
“Check the current exhibit before you go... I loved the Mexico exhibit”
Reviewed May 1, 2011

Whether or not you enjoy MOLAA will likely depend on whether the current exhibit matches your personal taste. The Mexican exhibit on display while I was visiting was very modern and edgy, and I loved it. On the other hand, someone with a true love for classic art might not agree. There was a wonderful combination of painting, photos, three-dimensional pieces and video/film works. The layout is easy to follow. I would have liked a little more information on some of the plaques. However, that was balanced out by the neat "cell phone tour" feature that allows you to use your cell phone to call a number, bunch in the code (for some of the pieces), and then hear a recording that provides great details. Best for unlimited cell phone plans! The scuplture garden out back is interesting, but pretty hot when the weather is warm, without much shade available.
The museum is not in the main downtown tourist area, but one of the Passport bus lines can drop you off about 2 blocks away for $1.25 fare.

Visited April 2011
3 Thank Kleetampa
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Long Beach, California, USA
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Skip it”
Reviewed February 13, 2011

This musuem gets a lot of hype, so I finally went to see it (I live locally), and was underwhelmed. Doesn't live up to it's rep.

Visited January 2011
Thank sophies610
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Long Beach, California
Level 6 Contributor
184 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
“Save Your Money”
Reviewed August 11, 2010

I love museums. I've enjoyed Latin American art at such museums as the Guggenheim in New York. I had hoped to bring my class to this museum for a field trip.

So I was completely disappointed upon touring MOLAA. There was an entry hallway with information about a singular artist and a large room with a display of his works which was a mishmash of inconsistency without meaningful explanation.

The rest of the museum consisted of 2 rooms. One had 6 quite large, um, paper wads on the floor. Again, didn't find the explanation, though it may have been there. In the other, again, odds and ends of odd photos and drawings without any seeming tie. The sculpture garden was closed for a special event. This was actually a step up because the previous 3 times I'd tried to visit, the entire museum had been closed for special events. (This, apparently, happens quite often. I always check the website before I go, but they don't seem to post closings.) That was it. This is supposed to be a world class museum. Don't waste your time or your $9, there are too many wonderful sights in Long Beach that are worth a visit.

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