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“A disappointment”

Museum of Latin American Art
Ranked #20 of 84 things to do in Long Beach
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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.
Santa Barbara, California
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51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“A disappointment”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2012

This could have been so good, but it's not. It's a very small museum with disappointing collection. Restaurant is okay, but service is slow and inconsistent. Museum store equally disappointing. Visitor services was borderline rude.

Visited June 2012
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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259 reviews
114 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
“Worth Visiting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2012

I visit art museums all over the world. This museum was very interesting when I visited. The urators obviously do a good job of finding interesting art and presenting it to the public. The sculpture garden in back was open on Saturday and is worth a look. Drinks at their cafe was a nice respite.

Visited March 2012
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1 Thank Jorden N
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Hanover, New Hampshire
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24 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Beautiful exhibits and building”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2011

This is a beautiful museum. I went to visit a specialty exhibit entitled "MEX/LA: MEXICAN MODERNISM(S) IN LOS ANGELES 1930-1985." The exhibit was rich, but I'm sure not for long. Nevertheless, taking the trip to here from LA was well worth it. The building itself is quite extraordinary and friends and I sat for a time outside at various parts of the outdoor areas in front and to the side of the building. The museum has a good permanent collection, a gift shop, and a cafe. Also, easy, FREE parking lot right out front. . .a gift! We stopped at a local donut shop just up the street and munched and had a cafecito before going in. . .

Visited October 2011
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Kansas City Area
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“DO miss it!”
1 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“What a RIPOFF!”
1 of 5 bubbles 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.

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