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“Terrific afternoon.”

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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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.
Miami, Florida
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“Terrific afternoon.”
Reviewed January 13, 2014

Parking was easy. Just across the street. We loved the permanent exhibits, the gift shop, the outdoor café but our favorite was the outdoor sculpture garden. Lovely to stroll around and then on up to the tar pits.

Visited January 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“Fabulous museum”
Reviewed January 12, 2014

I've been to this museum several times now, I always find time when I'm there. It has an open easy feel to it, there is often music in the courtyards in the evening which become very busy on warm evenings. There is something for everyone from ancient to modern. The art work comes from all over the world and is beautifully curated. Whenever I've been there there has been at least one special exhibition that has been well worth seeing. There are lots of places to eat and drink too. Highly recommended.

Visited December 2013
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Costa Mesa, California
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“Beautiful museum that you can spend hours exploring”
Reviewed January 12, 2014

My wife and I spent about 4 hours exploring the Los Angeles Museum of Art and really enjoyed all of the exhibits. Before you even enter the museum you can have fun walking around the tar pits just outside the museum. Visit the Page museum too if you have time. The museum of art will have exhibits that will interest a wide spectrum of ages and you will enjoy the casual stroll around the beautiful building. This is a must see for anyone visiting Los Angeles.

Visited January 2014
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“Turrell at LACMA is fantastic”
Reviewed January 10, 2014

A must see show at LACMA, the James Turrell exhibit is outstanding. His work transcends the usual art parameters and makes 'regular' art seem trivial and banal.

On at the same time was a Calder review. This was remarkably similar to the Calder show at Chicago MCA a few years back and really looked like a filler.

The venue overall is pleasant enough, offering ample parking and a decent cafe - Ray's. Best to arrive early in the morning if possible as it tends to get busy on weekends and on holidays. Staff are a bit abrupt and overly preoccupied with policing visitors, although some like to offer their own ongoing commentary on the exhibits (this could be funny or annoying depending on your current mood state).

Visited December 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“Best Modern Museum”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

I've been to a lot of modern museums around the world and this one really stands out to me. SFMOMA is great, but smaller. LACMA is enormous and in the center of the city. You are close to the Farmers Market/Grove if you want to make a day of it. They have a HUGE Jeff Koons exhibit there along with some very unique art/performance art installations.

Visited October 2013
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