Los Angeles & Southern California
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Due to its great extension and polycentric urban structure, Los Angeles does not have a “museum district”, like the Smithsonian Quadrangle in Washington D.C. or Berlin’s Museuminsel.
Some of the city’s most important cultural institutions concentrate in two areas, the Museum Row in the Miracle Mile district and Grand Avenue in downtown L.A.; nevertheless many other notable exhibition venues are distributed across the whole urban area.
Museums and cultural events in Los Angeles and Southern California reflect the multicultural history and manifold character of the region, spanning time and geography in an unique way.
museums in Los Angeles & Southern California
Los Angeles - 6067 Wilshire Boulevard
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles is a museum, designed by Renzo Piano, that celebrates the history of cinema and the art of filmmaking
Los Angeles - 152 North Central Avenue
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is the venue of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Los Angeles dedicated to the most recent artistic trends
Los Angeles - 1200 Getty Center Drive
Designed by Richard Meier, the Getty Center in Los Angeles is the venue of the Getty Museum dedicated to art from the Middle Ages to the 1900s
Los Angeles - 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades
closed: Tuesdays, January 1, Thanksgiving, and December 25
The Getty Villa is the venue of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles focused on ancient art and antiquities with 44,000 Greek, Roman and Etruscan pieces
Los Angeles - 5905 Wilshire Blvd
closed: Wednesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas day
LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States. Its campus in Los Angeles' Miracle Mile includes architectures by Renzo Piano and Bruce Goff
Los Angeles - 250 South Grand Avenue
Located in downtown L.A., the MOCA Grand Avenue is the main venue of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Los Angeles, showcasing artworks from the 40s onwards
West Hollywood - 8687 Melrose Avenue
Closed for good in February 2019, Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood was the venue of the MOCA Los Angeles dedicated to architecture, fashion and design
Los Angeles - 6060 Wilshire Blvd
closed: open daily
The Petersen Automotive Museum is a museum in Los Angeles, California, dedicated to motor vehicles and automobile, with a collection spanning over 120 years
San Diego - 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park
closed: Wednesdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day
The San Diego Museum of Art is an encyclopaedic art museum in San Diego, Southern California, best known for its notable works by southern European artists
Los Angeles - 221 S. Grand Ave.
closed: Mondays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
The Broad is a new 120,000 square-foot museum of modern and contemporary art in Downtown Los Angeles, next to the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the MOCA
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A preview of the new Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, under construction in Los Angeles' Exposition Park, designed by China-based design firm MAD Architects
Swiss architect Peter Zumthor designed a curvilinear extension for the east campus of LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art, raised 30 feet over the ground
On September 20, 2015, the new museum of contemporary art envisaged by Eli and Edithe Broad opens...
The Broad new contemporary art museum designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro opened September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles
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The Getty Foundation, with the initiative "Keeping it Modern", in 2015 supports the conservation of 14 masterpieces of the architecture of the 20th century
When the Future had Fins: American Automotive Designs and Concepts, 1959-1973, at the Christopher W. Mount Gallery, Los Angeles, 23 January - 20 May 2015