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“It has become the place to be!”

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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Ranked #10 of 542 things to do in Los Angeles
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Fee: Yes
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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“It has become the place to be!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 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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“the only game in town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2013

For a town the size of LA, it's a bit surprising that there are only one or two robust art museums, and if I had to pick one, this is the only one there is.

Temporary exhibitions are thoughtful and well curated, usually designed to focus on aspects of our community or society that aren't limited to people with resources or media focus. So in that way, as a publicly-funded kinda thing, LACMA is living up to its mandate.

Admission fees are a little high for a venue that is tax dollar-subsidized and is tasked to engage with people of all socioeconomic strata; currently parking is $10 and regular admission is $20, plus another $25 or more for temporary exhibitions, although they keep raising the prices all the time.

The park surrounding LACMA is public and does not charge a fee to enter it; it's an interesting place to walk around as it has the La Brea Tar Pits on view.

You can get coffee and basic lunch-type food on-site, but for real food, if you're on foot, the only real options are east on Wilshire Boulevard (left as you walk out LACMA's front door). The stretch of Wilshire to the west is a retail dead zone, as is Fairfax Avenue in either direction.

Visited November 2013
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“A good museum to visit in L.A.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

The museum doesn't have the extraordinary reputation of Le Louvre but considering what Los Angeles can offer in this field, it is a reasonable place to go, specially if the LACMA is having one of the many foreign itinerant exhibitions or a special night time activity. If you are a visitor from another State, you can skip it.

Visited October 2013
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