MOLAA is the Museum of Latin American Art (1996) and it is a unique experience in Long Beach and in the entire southern California area. Various expressions on canvas and otherwise are on showcase, created by artists either from or have worked predominantly from Latin America: including Mexico, countries of the Caribbean, Central and South America.
Visually, the MOLAA building is charming with a sleek and clean, sand and bright blue exterior. Inside are thought-provoking, highly interpretative modern and contemporary pieces. Major work in the permanent collection and past exhibitions include works by famous artists like Diego Rivera and Fernando Botero.
During Target Free Sundays, admission to the museum is free!! Check website for free dates.
Otherwise, admission is:
$ 6.00 Seniors, students (with ID)
FREE Kids 12 years and younger
Get to MOLAA via LBT Passport B, 61, 91 or 93 -- all accessible from convenient downtown Long Beach transit mall.
When in Long Beach, (or southern California for that matter), take some time to visit the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, the premier museum for Latin American art and culture on the West Coast. The permanent and new exhibitions feature modern art from Mexico, Central America and South America. Recent exhibits included Colombian artist Botero; this month, a new exhibit feature wooden sculptures from women artists grace the front portion of the exhibit space, as does recent works from contemporary Brasilian artists.
The programs at the Museum are first-rate. My favorite experiences so far include a lecture/slideshow on Mexican architect Luis Barragan; a fantastic summer outdoor lecture/visual presentation series on Mexican Muralists/Artists (Frida Kahlo, Siquieros, etc.), and a performance by the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra with world-renowned Spanish classical guitarist Pepe Romero (playing the "Concerto de Aranjuez.) Art and dance workshops are offered, and every Sunday afternoon they screen hard-to-find award-winning films from Latin America. Also, once a month, the Museum hosts a special "A Night in..." evening, picking a different city/country whose cuisine, music, dance and cultural traditions are showcased.
This is one museum whose membership is worth every penny, and is a must-see for visitors to Long Beach.