Los Angeles Museums Every Art Lover Must Visit

September 10, 2016

The many museums in Los Angeles attract millions of visitors every year, with their rich collections of works by some of the greatest names in history. What do Los Angeles museums have to offer? For starters, the famous Chicano art and artwork by Latin American artists. LA was also home to many famous Mexican muralists in the 20th century, and many famous Chicano artists lived in the city; this is reflected in a number of museums and cultural spaces dedicated to Mexican culture, for instance. On the other hand, the biggest LA museums also have artworks by European Masters from Renaissance to contemporary art; pieces by some of the leading figures of Asian culture, as well as remarkable collections of African artworks. The Los Angeles museums and the nature of their collections reflect the diversity and the richness of the city’s history and population.

Los Angeles is widely known as a global center for actors, filmmakers, authors, dancers and singers; Hollywood is a big part of it after all. However, LA can be proud of its own contemporary art scene. We recently wrote an article about the most important Californian museums, and few of them are located in LA. One interesting fact gives a useful insight to the richness of the arts and culture in the city - Los Angeles has more museums per capita than any other city in the world.

Editors’ Tip: Museum Companion to Los Angeles: A Guide to Museums, Historic Houses, Libraries, Special Collections, Botanical Gardens and Zoos in Los Angeles County

Museum Companion to Los Angeles is the only comprehensive guide to the fascinating and diverse cultural treasures of the world’ s entertainment capital. Some of the best programs in American institutions can be found in LA space. Just search and schedule your visit and this book will help you with that. Many places have library and shop and regularly organize exhibitions with great program and you can easily organize your visit and search for some great collections, science room , park and other things. The book reveals that Los Angeles has more museums than any other city in the world. This guide is not dedicated only for institutions in Los Angeles, but to all museums. Museum Companion to Los Angeles provides for the first time detailed descriptions of nearly 300 museums, historic houses, libraries with special collections, botanical gardens and zoos in Los Angeles County. In addition to providing invaluable practical information for the visitor, Museum Companion to Los Angeles features a description of every institution and its collections, with interesting historical and architectural details, as well as each collection s highlights. This book provides news about LA museums as well as necessary contact and news about them. Just search and find what can you visit in 2016 !

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The Broad and Its Remarkable Collection

Named after philanthropist Eli Broad, who financed the $140 million for building construction, The Broad houses the Broad art collections. It is founded by Eli and Edythe Broad and is located on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. The museum is home to the 2,000 artworks in the Broad collection, which is among the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary pieces worldwide. The museum offers free general admission to its permanent galleries.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) - One of America's Biggest Museums

The largest art museum in the Western part of the United States, the famous Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA has more than 150,000 works in its possession. These artworks were created in different periods of history - from Ancient times to present day. Here you can find famous paintings by Old Masters (i.e. Rembrandt), but also works by contemporary Masters of the 20th Century. LACMA is located on Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles. It's recommendable to contact the website before planning your visit.

The Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) - All About Crafts and Tradition

The Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) opened in 1975. It is the successor to the commercial gallery, The Egg and The Eye, which opened in 1965 in the same historic building. This museum is one of the most important institutions on the West Coast when it comes to contemporary craft objects and folk creations. It is located on Los Angeles’ Museum Row on Wilshire Boulevard and it has its own library.

Hammer Museum - Home of Five Remarkable Collections

Hammer Museum, which is a museum and cultural center, is affiliated with the University of California in LA. It was founded in 1990, by the entrepreneur-industrialist Armand Hammer to house his personal collections. The Hammer Museum manages five distinct collections: The Hammer Contemporary Collection; the collection of the UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts; the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden; the Armand Hammer Collection, and the Armand Hammer Daumier and Contemporaries Collection. All of them are quite remarkable: for example, the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden alone contains 72 pieces created by Masters such as Alexander Calder, Henri Matisse and Joan Miro.

The Getty Center and the J. Paul Getty Museum

The Getty Center in Los Angeles, California, is a campus of the Getty Museum and other programs of the Getty Trust. Located in the Brentwood neighborhood of LA, this place is known for its amazing architecture, gardens, room and panoramic view of Los Angeles. The J. Paul Getty Museum located within the Getty Center is one of the most visited museums in the United States. The museum’s collection includes pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts; and 19th- and 20th-century American and European photographs.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles - MOCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) is one of the largest museums in the city, with one of the most remarkable collections in the country. Pieces within all important art movements after 1940 are part of this collection. The Museum is located on three locations in greater Los Angeles. The main venue is located on Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles. The second venue (which previously served as the MOCA’s main building) is located at in the Little Tokyo district of downtown Los Angeles. Finally, the Pacific Design Center facility is in West Hollywood. With great programs , you just search regularly the schedule of the museum's activities, follow the news and you will enjoy in MOCA.

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions - Presenting Experimental Works

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) is a museum, a nonprofit exhibition space and archive of the visual arts for the city of Los Angeles. It’s located in Hollywood. It was founded in 1978, by a group of thirteen artists. It has been based on principles of grassroots community organizing and social change and has been committed to presenting experimental works of created in all imaginable media.

USC Fisher Museum of Art - LA's Oldest Museum

USC Fisher Museum of Art is the city's oldest arts museum. It was founded in 1939 by Elizabeth Holmes Fisher. The museum is affiliated with the University of Southern California. The collection has been growing in the past and over the decades, and today it contains works by Dutch, Flemish, German, and Italian masters of the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries, as well as painting, prints, drawings, photography, and sculpture created in the 20th and 21st Century. Here, you can just search for your favorite movement, and you will certainly find it.

Norton Simon Museum - Pasadena's Art Center

Although located in Pasadena (just outside LA), Norton Simon Museum can be considered as an LA museum. Its outstanding collections attracts thousands of visitors from all over the US. In the past known as Pasadena Art Institute and the Pasadena Art Museum, its collection contains European paintings, sculptures, and tapestries; Asian sculptures, paintings, and woodblock prints; and sculpture gardens. It has a great park and library as well where you can search the books you like.

The Annenberg Space for Photography

The Annenberg Space for Photography is located on Avenue of the Stars in LA. It’s a space dedicated to exhibiting both digital and print photography in an intimate environment. The space features state-of-the-art, high-definition digital technology as well as traditional prints by some of the world's most renowned photographers and a selection of emerging photographic talents as well. This venue is the first solely photographic cultural destination in the Los Angeles area and is also an interesting for those interested in science and technology if you are in search for intersections between arts and science.

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