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“A Hip Contemporary Version of a Big City Art Museum”

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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Ranked #10 of 542 things to do in Los Angeles
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Since its inception in 1965, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography, in addition to representing Los Angeles's uniquely diverse population. Today LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection that includes over 120,000 objects dating from antiquity to the present, encompassing the geographic world and nearly the entire history of art. Among the museum's strengths are its holdings of Asian art, Latin American art, ranging from pre-Columbian masterpieces to works by leading modern and contemporary artists; and Islamic art, of which LACMA hosts one of the most significant collections in the world. A museum of international stature as well as a vital part of Southern California, LACMA shares its vast collections through exhibitions, public programs, and research facilities that attract over a million visitors annually, in addition to serving millions through digital initiatives, such as online collections, scholarly catalogues, and interactive engagement online. Situated in Hancock Park on over 20 acres in the heart of Los Angeles, LACMA is located between the ocean and downtown. 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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“A Hip Contemporary Version of a Big City Art Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2011

LACMA is a gem located in the heart of Los Angeles. Under the leadership of Director Mike Govan, the museum has expanded with several new buildings designed by Renzo Piano. Even if you've been to LACMA before, it's worth a visit to check out these grand new spaces. The museum has begun to create programs that reflect the cultural diversity of the region: on any given week you will find artwork from the Pacific Islands, South Asia, China, Japan, India, Latin America and Mexico in addition to a rich collection of Western classics. The museum has a good selection of modern artwork, too. And the Eli Broad collection of contemporary artwork is absolutely first rate: Basquiat, Warhol, Ruscha, Baldessari and many more. Don't miss the amazing steel structures on the ground floor of the new museum. A great place for a visit, a walk, and lunch at the outdoor cafe.

Visited December 2011
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“Will not attempt to go again”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2011

Encountered more than one person at the museum who gave attitude instead of directions, attitude instead of help, and unless you come in from the parking structure I imagine you won't get any direction or maps. I will continue to use them online, but I will go to the other museum on the block who truly cared that I was there.

Visited December 2011
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“A must see!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2011

I spent an entire day at the LACMA. It was definitely worth it. The collection is fantastic. I would go so far as to say its more impressive than the Getty. German Expressionist master works, a whole room of Picasso's, Magritte, a fabulous Japanese art collection, a wonderful pre-columbian collection, great pieces of Mexican artists like Tamayo, Rivera and Khalo, and fabulous pieces of American arts and crafts furniture. The contemporary building is worth it just to see the giant elevator. Even the cafe had great homemade, tasty food. An art lover should really make the time to see the LACMA.

Visited November 2011
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“Very LA”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2011

Lots of displays, some better than others, but even the building is a work of art. (and there is a nice view of the Hollywood sign).

If you know the Met in NY, the Prado in Spain or the Louvre in Paris, this is very different. Is it the next step in museum design or just the LA point of view? I don't know, but the LACMA complex definitely brings a fresh point of view to the museum design discussion.

Visited December 2011
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2011

Even though the idea was to just find a hotel near LA that was reasonable and near the sight seeing things, we ended up within walking distance to the LACMA and the Tar Pits. This is not only a great area to stay in, but the museum complex is huge. Its free to the public to just walk the complex and see things outside (tar pits included), but you need to pay the fee to go inside the different exhibit buildings (there are a lot of them).

There is also parking you can pay for at both the LACMA and the tar pits, but we did find parking on Sunday on the street for free.

The buildings are big and spacious and exhibits are very interesting. The personnel and security were friendly and helpful.

We were very glad we took the time to go here.

Visited December 2011
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