Los Angeles County Museum of Art

One of the largest art museums in the westernmost part of the United States, comprised of close to 149,000 global pieces ranging in date by 6,000 years, is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in none other than Los Angeles, California. The creation of this museum dates all the way back to the year 1910, when Exposition Park became the new home to the emerging Los Angeles Museum of History, Science, and Art. Pieces that are showcased at the museum are representative of a diverse number of backgrounds and areas of history. The organization also shows its support for all types of work by collaborating with artists to create programs and produce engaging initiatives.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art branched off from the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science, and Art in 1961, opening its doors to the public four years later in 1965 on Wilshire Boulevard. The building was made up of the museum’s permanent collection in the Ahmanson Building, with temporary exhibitions located in the Hammer Building and a 600-seat theater called Bing Theater.

Exhibitions from the museum began to grow, which prompted further expansion with the Anderson Building built for the contemporary and modern art collections in 1986 and renamed the Art of the Americas building in 2007. In 1988, the Bruce Goff-designed Pavilion for Japanese Art was constructed on the east section of the campus. The May Company department store building was bought by the museum in 1994 and is now where the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is located.

The organization has grown immensely since 2007 by doubling its collection and presenting a gallery in MacArthur Park at Charles White Elementary School. Their work with the school has translated into “museum-caliber exhibitions and programs” that partner with both the school and other individuals and organizations in the surrounding community.

The museum has continued to grow, expand, and improve upon itself in the past few decades, with the opening of both the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM) in 2008 and the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion in 2010. They have also expanded their presence throughout the community through the installation of a growing number of public artworks and “open-air gathering places for the community,” as stated on their website. The David Geffen Galleries is now home to the museum’s permanent collection, and several older buildings are being given a facelift.

The campus has some fine works of architecture and plans to continue adding new and refurbishing old buildings. Thanks to the construction of the BCAM in 2008 and the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion in 2010, the campus doubled in size, adding 100,000 square feet to the campus. The new building for the permanent collections was designed by the “Pritzker Prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor.” This gallery will not operate as a single installation of a collection; rather, it will be a series of exhibitions on rotation, helping to show the commonality between all of humanity.

Visitors can see what the campus has to offer Monday through Thursday, excluding Wednesdays when they are closed, from 11 AM to 6 PM, Friday from 11 AM to 8 PM, and Saturday & Sunday from 10 AM to 7 PM. The address is 905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

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