Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles

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    Museum opposit La Brea Pits

    by SLLiew Updated Oct 8, 2006

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    While visiting the La Brea Pits of mammoths, sabre tooth tigers and other prehistoric animals trapped in the tar pits, this conveniently located art museum is opposite side of the road.

    It is worth a visit to see some exemplary examples of modern American art in paintings, sculpture, photography, film, multi-media, fashion and special exhibition.

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    Go to LACMA where art doesn't lack!

    by marinarena Updated Feb 29, 2012

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    LACMA is the daddy of museums in Los Angeles. Getty is the rich uncle. LACMA is the one that has always been there and in the end, the one that you should see more, though Getty does spoil you indeed.

    The Wilshire Blvd museum is top-notch facility, offering a wide array of art pieces spanning prehistoric to ultra modern-day times with excellent variety of world cultures represented. Beyond the dominant framed wall painting pieces, the art lover here can encounter world-renowned sculpture, monuments, photography, prints, and textiles. As an enhanced delight, there is also an on-going film series featuring independent and artistic cinematic candy.

    General admission price is $15 for adult; $10 for seniors/students, free for those 18 and younger (Of course, prices are subject to change). Unfortunately, the general prices are been dramatically hiked , however, in the case of LACMA, the art lover does get the bang for the bucks. Try to visit on the second Tuesday of each month, when admission is gratis (yeah, baby!) and during "Target Free" Holiday Mondays. Check museum website below for updates on free admission days.

    Several exhibitions take place during the year, many of which draw absolute and near sell-outs at the box office. Notably, the phenomenal King Tut exhibit in 2005 and Tim Burton in 2011 wowed record crowds of the general public and discerning art aficionados alike. Exhibition admission incurs a separate cost from general museum admission and does vary according to event.

    Parking costs vary. Try to arrive early to scope out metered street parking. If you don't want to bother with that, the parking garage (Pritzer Parking on 6th street) will cost you $10. Otherwise, look into taking pub trans (see bus info below)

    Note :
    LACMA is closed on Wednesdays.
    Camera taking is allowed, so long as that annoying flash is turned off. No video or camera for exhibits, though sly phone snapping is quite possible.
    There are on-site dining options and a variety of restaurants close by.
    LACMA has Wi-Fi!!!

    Arrive at LACMA via MTA 20 and 720(very frequent) on Wilshire. Also routes 217, 218 and 780 will get you there within a block from museum entrances.

    By fwy, take the 10, exit Fairfax (head north a few miles to Wilshire)

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    LACMA--- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

    by Erin74 Updated Oct 26, 2003

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    The front entrance at LACMA

    The Los Angeles Country Museum of Art (LACMA) has the best and broadest collection of art in Los Angeles. While the building is not as architecturally interesting as The Getty Center, LACMA is still the #1 place to visit if you are interested in art. The permenant collection here includes large amounts of American Art, European paintings & sculpture, ancient and Islamic Art, Chinese and Korean art, modern and contemporary art, photography, drawings and sketches, costumes and textiles and exciting touring collections.

    LACMA regularly shows films in their theatres-- everything from student short films to retrospectives of the work of acclaimed directors. You can also listen to music at LACMA. In the summer there is free jazz on the patio. In the winter there are evening concerts indoors.

    The gift shop here has wonderful art books, posters, jewelry and items related specifically to the collections.

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    LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art

    by GracesTrips Written Mar 21, 2012

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    For contemporary art viewing, this is the place to go! Though, I haven't seen the exhibit with the Picasso's and other masters works yet. My daughter was interning here for half a year. She was involved with the events that LACMA puts on throughout the year. The photos posted here are of their Costume Ball held around Halloween. What an elaborate event they put on and it was great how everyone dressed up. Being LA, people really got creative and there were some fantastic costumes. Of course, the highlight exhibit was Tim Burton's personal works and collection. If you're in town, you should check out what is happening at LACMA, it may be worth while! Check out their website for opportunities to visit the museum for free.

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    Los Angeles County Museum of Art

    by cheap_tourist Updated Jun 14, 2004

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    Sculpture Garden

    The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is a great museum with an excellent (and eclectic) art collection. There is something for everybody. My favorites include American Art, 16th- and 17th-Century English Art, and European Painting and Sculpture.

    LACMA is also noted for the fine architecture of its buildings which works in complete harmony with its sculpture gardens. It is very visitor-friendly. I feel at ease there.

    Adult admission price is $9. If you go there on the second Tuesday of the month, you'll get in for free. If you have time and are into natural history, you may want to visit the nearby La Brea Tar Pits.

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    LACMA

    by Hopkid Written Jan 20, 2007

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    LACMA has been the anchor of LA's art scene since the early 1900s when it was part of the Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science, and Art. It was established in its current organization in 1961. The current facility, which is a collection of buildings, was built in 1965 to house the wide range of art styles and periods that the museum had assassed during the previous 50 years. Newer buildings include the Modern and Contemporary Art building and the Pavilion for Japanese Art, both built in the mid-1980s.

    As of the writing of this tip (Jan 2007), a renovation of the Ahmanson Building and construction of new facilities was taking place. This, the first phase of the "Transforming LACMA" project is expected to be completed by the end of 2007 and will include a new entrance pavilion, the Ahmanson renovation, and the new Broad Contemporary Art Museum.

    Besides its permanent collections the museum hosts many special exhibitions. During our visit in August 2006 they had a great exhibit of David Hockney portaits.

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    Los Angeles County Museum of Art

    by generasianx Written Aug 5, 2006

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    A great art museum next to the La Brea Tar Pits.

    Adults: $9, Students: $5. Free after 5pm & the second Tuesday of each month.
    Hours: Mon/Tu/Th 12 noon – 8 pm, Fri 12 noon – 9 pm, Sa/Sun 11 am – 8 pm. Closed on Wed.

    4 stars out of 5.

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    LACMA...my fave museum

    by bee77 Written Aug 11, 2004

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    Want a beautiful museum? Go to the Getty. Beautiful art? LACMA is where it's at. This museum has hosted special exhibits from Van Gogh to modern art. It is home to over 100,00 pieces ranging from classic antiquities to Socal's best contemporary artists. There are hundreds of lectures, screenings and tours throughout the year.

    Gift shop: Excellent shop. I'm addicted to the unique pieces of jewellery you find there. Great books, prints, museum-inspired housewares...

    In June, LACMA opened it's doors to the city for an ALL-Nighter event, complete with DJs, music, and dancing. The museum was open until 8 in the am. The exhibits were open to the public as well. This is a once a year event, so check their website for details close to the date of the event.

    Friday evenings, starting at 5.30pm, LACMA hosts an outdoor evening Jazz concerts in the courtyard. Free! A must for any jazz lover. Very Angeleno event, I must say.

    Deals!!!!
    Every second Tueday of the month is FREE all day.

    I like to go there around 5pm, because the museums are then FREE after 5. This does not apply to any special exhibits they have.

    Parking: There are pay lots on Spaulding Ave and Wilshire. I'm all about free, so drive one more block to Ogden Dr, and another block down for FREE street parking.

    Hours: Mon-Tue, Thu 12pm - 8pm
    Fri 12pm - 9pm
    Sat-Sun 11am-8pm

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    LACMA

    by Lhenne1 Written Jan 20, 2009

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    My first visit to LACMA was in the fall of 2008. The purpose of the visit was to take in the Vanity Fair Portraits Exhibit, and it did not disappoint. Of course, the photographs themselves were stellar, but the museum itself set up the exhibit in a very accessible manner. Each piece was spaced far enough from the next to allow multiple people to view and the descriptions were written in a print large enough to read from a few feet away. The exhibit was fairly crowded but the setup made it not feel cramped.

    The museum is open 12pm-8pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. 12-9pm on Fridays, 11am-8pm Saturdays and Sundays. It is closed on Wednesdays. There is a large parking lot across the street and even on a busy day we didn’t have trouble finding a spot.

    Ticket prices are $12 for adults: $12, $8 for seniors and students, with children under 17 free.

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    LACMA

    by Dabs Updated Oct 28, 2006

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    LACMA is currently undergoing renovations so a lot of what I wanted to see was closed. Check their website first to find out if what you want to see is open. What I did see wasn't really on par with New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Art Institute in Chicago but it's hard to make a judgment on an incomplete collection.

    There's a special exhibit running through January 7, 2007 called Breaking the Mode with pieces of contemporary fashion displayed next to classic fashion, without exception I preferred the classic fashions and found most of the contemporary fashion hideous.

    They have a nice program now where admission after 5 pm is free and they are open until 8 pm every evening except Wednesday when they are closed and Friday when they are open until 9 pm. Also on Friday nights, April-December, at 5:30 pm they have free Friday Night Jazz concerts outside on their patio and on Sunday free Live Chamber Music at 6 pm in the Leo Bing Theater.

    For dining, the Plaza Cafe looked like it might have some interesting food but I headed to the Farmer's Market instead. I thought it might be close enough to walk but it wasn't. Be sure to at least stop by and see the main pit of the La Brea tar pits should you visit LACMA, you can also combine with a visit to the Petersen Automotive Museum.

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    See the Museum FREE

    by cosmogypsy Written Aug 5, 2004

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    On doing my LA research this museum was put to the back my list. The other museums were recommended more than the LACMC. When I arrived in LA, I ended up around the corner from the museum so I decided to check it out.

    I arrived at the museum at 4:50pm and they were nice enough to tell me that the museum is open between 5-8pm for free! They close down a different portion of the museum every night but if you go a few times, you can see the entire museum.

    You will probably need a few times anyway, if you want to see the entire museum. It is very large; there are 4 or 5 buildings.

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    by Shizuka Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Los Angeles County Museum of Art
    This is the largest museum on the west coast in USA, the amount of works are 250 thousands. There are various countries paintings and fine arts from ancient to modern times.

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  • Largest Encyclopedic Museum on the West Coast

    by kroddy Written Dec 10, 2009

    The museum features particularly strong collections of Asian, Latin American, European, and American art, as well as a new contemporary museum on its campus, BCAM. With this expanded space for contemporary art, innovative collaborations with artists, and an ongoing transformation project, LACMA is creating a truly modern lens through which to view its rich encyclopedic collection—more than 100,000 works strong.

    LACMA also frequently hosts film, lecture and music series and other fun events! Located next to the La Brea tar pits, and down the street from the Farmers Market and The Grove, LACMA is a fun and educational visit for everyone from the serious art-lover to families.

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    Great Museum

    by SJTravel Written Dec 27, 2009

    LACMA is a lot more extensive than I thought it would be. It has many different departments that cover art throughout the world. I really enjoyed their Latin American and Islamic Arts section because it had a lot of archaeological pieces as well as visual art. Art of the Americas was cool as well because it had a many pieces of American history like bathing suits, lamps, and other furniture. Since the museum is so big, I was not able to see everything, but was excited to know that they have a new contemporary arts section that sounds really interesting. This place is definitely worth a visit if you like art.

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    Museum Row

    by DueSer Written Feb 23, 2013
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    Museum Row on Wilshire Blvd in L.A. has some nice offerings. The Tar Pits get most of the attention because they are pretty unique and interesting but there are two other really nice museums right by them that should not be overlooked.

    The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA as it's called) is a traditional art museum that has been expanding recently and adding some terrific features - new buildings to house an ever-widening collection of art styles and a really big rock, just to name a couple. If you like traditional art or the avant garde, you should come check this out. If you enjoy things with a touch of whimsy then definitely come check out the museum and you don't even need to go inside. Two of it's neatest attractions are outside to enjoy for free.

    On Wilshire Blvd right in front of the museum is a unique art installation - a collection of old-fashioned lamp posts placed very close to each other. It's quite beautiful in an odd way (especially at night) and kids love running around between the posts.

    Out back is the newest attraction at LACMA - Levitated Mass. Basically, it's a big rock suspended over a sunken walkway so you can walk underneath or do what most people do - go stand in front of it with your arms raised so it looks like you're holding it up;-)

    LACMA is closed Wednesdays.

    Across the street is the Craft & Folk Art Museum. This is a much smaller museum but it has charming exhibits. They're closed on Mondays. Check out their website in advance to see what will be on display when you'll be there so you don't miss out on something good.

    **Please note! While you're there you have two excellent meal choices to choose between and good luck trying to decide because both options are DELICIOUS!

    Just across the street from LACMA is where a plethora of food trucks congregate most days. You have a number of trucks to choose from - Korean BBQ, German sausages, who knows what else! Food trucks are popular for good reason - the food is unique and fantastic and usually pretty inexpensive. You can have the opportunity to try something you've never had before so go for it...

    ...unless that fantastic aroma in the air is drawing you over to The Counter - an amazing burger joint just across from the Tar Pits. Everything here is delicious and you can have your burger made EXACTLY how you want it. You order by checking off options on a long list of meats, buns, and toppings. So fly your freak flag proudly and create the burger of your dreams.

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