Los Angeles County Museum of Art

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, United States  +1 323-857-6000

Located on Wilshire Blvd in the Miracle Mile vicinity of beautiful Los Angeles, LACMA is an art museum on Museum Row right next to La Brea Tar Pits.

Los Angeles Country Museum of Art was founded in 1961. LACMA’s wealth and collections grew significantly in the 1980s, adding numerous buildings beginning in that decade and continuing through the decades. This museum is the most significant art museum in Western America. It attracts around a million visitors a year. LACMA is home to over 150,000 works spanning the history of art from ancient times to the present years. Besides the unique art exhibitions, LACMA features film and concert series.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art founder Judge William Bowen wanted to eradicate the ill repute of the neighborhood outside the city limits of iconic downtown Los Angeles. LACMA was launched with no specific plan for art collections, and neither owned an artwork nor had the funds to afford one.

The opening of LACMA was a powerful symbol of the coming of age of a city transformed in 100 years from a dusty agricultural center with about 2000 locals to a vibrant, international city. Nowadays, Los Angeles is home to over 7 million people and four significant art museums, the largest of which is LACMA, with a uniquely comprehensive collection of 100,00+ works of art dating from ancient times to today.

The museum features different types of art exhibitions. From Modern and Contemporary Art to pre-Columbian, antiquity, Egyptian, Assyrian, and contemporary art. The museum’s most recent displays focus on popular entertainment and culture (like Stanley Kubrick and Tim Burton). LACMA’s collection is divided among several departments by media, region, and periods spread amongst the museum buildings.