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“Don't miss LACMA if you're in LA”

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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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.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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“Don't miss LACMA if you're in LA”
Reviewed December 3, 2012

The collections are great and interesting. Van Gogh to Nauman, Dürer to Rodin. African art, Chinese art, Egyptian art...
Currently exhibited is Stanley Kubrick, which I think is incredibly interesting.
Michael Heizer's "Levitated Mass" is in the back of the museum. It's easily found if entering from 6th Street. Whether or not it moves you is one thing, but the reactions I noticed while visiting on a busy Sunday were positive. Children, parents...it's a highlight of the grounds, which is saying a lot considering the pull of the tar pits where prehistoric fossils were captured.
If you're into "Game of Thrones", don't miss the Page Museum's Dire Wolf display of skulls.
Great place to bring a sophisticated date or a family. The kids love to run around and play on the grounds.

Visited November 2012
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

We visited LACMA on our recent Thanksgiving trip to L.A., intentionally to see the Stanley Kubrick exhibit--and it was excellent. Extensive displays, organized by movie title, including photos. In particular I appreciated the explanations of Kubrick's attitudes and philosophies that were printed on the walls within the exhibits. Some video presentations included. With the ticket to this exhibit, we also were admitted to the Caravaggio exhibit, although it was in a completely different building. All the museum buildings are very attractive as are the grounds. Was a little bit surprised to see an actual tar pit. I don't think of that as "art," but since it seems to be a natural part of the grounds, it lends itself to some lessons on that subject.

Visited November 2012
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Great Art in the heart of LA”
Reviewed November 29, 2012

I did not even get the chance to see most of the museum, but the little I did see on the outside and the inside really impressed me. This museum has a very impressive art collection.

Visited November 2012
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“Huge - give it a few days!”
Reviewed November 28, 2012

Housed in several interesting buildings across large gardens it's well worth a visit. The displays well though out, well lit and cover a diverse range of exhibitions. There is definitely something for everyone. I loved the tar pits as I'd never seen one before. My husband enjoyed the Egyptian display. Neither of us knew what to make of 'Elevated Mass', especially after we found out how much it cost, but it's definitely something to behold.

Visited November 2012
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Los Angeles
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“Happy we are members, cannot get enough”
Reviewed November 27, 2012

We went to the LACMA Friday evening to see the Stanley Kubrick special event. It was very interesting. I had not seen most of the movies but I still found the exhibit to be great. Loved the Shining memorabilia and many other props. Don't miss this ànd other attractions, join...

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