Located next to the La Brea Tar Pits, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art or LACMA is the largest museum in the west of the United States. It houses over 150,000 works representing the history of art right through to the present day with a wide range of exhibits that include Egyptian, Greek and Roman archaeological artefacts, European paintings, an extensive collection of Latin American art and much more.
LACMA was born as part of the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science and Art, but in 1965 the museum moved and became an independent museum. The museum’s collections grew during the 1980s thanks to private donations.
With seven buildings and many galleries displaying over 100,000 objects from all around the world, the Museum offers the unforgettable experience to its visitors!
The Museum’s incredible and diverse collections include pieces of Korean, African and Egyptian art, as well as Greek ceramics, European paintings, modern art, European sculptures and much more.
The most popular collections include Japanese Art with Japanese pieces dating from 3,000 BC to the 21st century, among which you can see Buddhist and Shinto sculptures, ceramic pieces, Edo paintings, armor and much more; Islamic Art with collections of contemporary Middle Eastern art; Colonial Art with Spanish colonial art; Wallis Annenberg Photography Department with more than fifteen thousand works that span the period from the medium’s invention in 1839 to the present.
Urban Light by Chris Burden is one of the symbol of Los Angeles since its opening at LACMA in February of 2008. This large sculpture is composed of 202 historic streetlamps dating from the 1920s and 1930s originally spread throughout Southern California.
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has generously supported the replacement of all 309 incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs, resulting in approximately 90% in power savings for LACMA while also reducing emissions of greenhouse gas and other harmful pollutants in honor of the sculpture’s 10th anniversary in 2018.
Described by Chris as “safe after dark and beautiful to behold”, Urban Light has become incredible landmark in Los Angeles.
LACMA organizes its exhibits into different periods and themes. The museum has nearly one million visitors every year.
- Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays: from 11 am to pm
- Fridays: from 11 am to 8 pm
- Saturdays and Sundays: from 10 am to 7 pm
- Wednesdays: closed
- Adults: US$ 25 (€ 20.50)
- Students and Seniors over 65: US$ 21 (€ 17.30)
- Children under 17: free
- La Brea Tar Pits (350 m)
- Stahl House (4.2 km)
- Hollywood Boulevard (4.3 km)
- Rodeo Drive (4.4 km)
- Madame Tussauds (4.5 km)
See you there!