The 10 best art museums in Los Angeles you should know!

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Spring Arts Tower

Spring Arts Tower

Spring Art Tower has a large number of galleries. There are 100 artists exhibited. Among them are:

  • painters;
  • architects;
  • photographers;
  • sculptors.

“Spring Arts Collective” is a group of five artists who organize shows and receptions in their studio, highlighting established and emerging artists! Spring Arts Tower has a great meaning for art and culture of LA and US in general.

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA) is one of the most famous American art galleries. The LACDA has temporary exhibitions of artists from around the world. LACDA frequently launches calls for applications and “open” exhibitions, where selected artists freely present their work. It offers an impressive diversity of digital arts, from video, to sculpture to new media, making it one of the best in the business!

The Huntington Library

The Huntington Library

The Huntington Library is located slightly outside of the city (Pasadena district). In this 84 hectares cultural center, you will not only find a library rich in works of all styles and eras, permanent collection of European art, and above all, exceptional gardens. The library holds invaluable treasures, such as a copy of Gutenberg’s vellum from the Bible and a few original editions by William Shakespeare.

Norton Simon Museum

Norton Simon Museum

Norton Simon Museum holds a permanent collection of 8,000 works of art from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Among the canvases for which this institution is famous, you will find Picasso’s “Woman with a book” (1992). The gallery brings together multiple artifacts from South Asia although it focuses on European art from the 16th, 17th.

The Hollywood Museum

The Hollywood Museum

The Hollywood Museum is a perfect place to satisfy your thirst for art history and curiosity. It is also housed in a splendid Art Deco style building that was owned by Max Factor. The museum contains an exceptional permanent collection of posters, scripts, costumes, props, and photos of the biggest stars. More than 10,000 cinematographic objects are offered to the public.

Japanese American National Museum

Japanese American National Museum

The primary goal of JANM was to reflect Japanese influence on the art and culture of the United States. Through multiple works of art of its permanent collection, the story of Japanese immigration to this country is told. JANM is the largest museum dedicated to this subject in America. Many mediums are presented in the museum collection, such as moving photographs, original paintings, and above all, splendid fabrics in a thousand colors.

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

MOCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is the eldorado of contemporary art! It is recognized for housing the most developed museum collection of contemporary art in the world, with no less than 5,000 works. Here, you will find an endless variety of paintings, sculptures, and installations post-1940s. Approximately every three months, this Los Angeles museum offers retrospectives on artists. Big names in the art scene have had the privilege of being the subject of a temporary collections, such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jackson Pollock.

Hammer Museum

Hammer Museum

Here you will find emblematic French artists: Corot, Manet, Van Gogh, Sisley, Gauguin, or Pissarro. By partnering with UCLA, the Hammer Museum broadens its permanent collection and ambitions. It regularly offers exhibitions dedicated to international contemporary artists, which complement the 200 works already exhibited.

Originally, the museum was intended to house the personal collection of its founder, a great lover of 19th-century masters. Now the museum collection is very rich and the institution has rightfully earned its reputation as one of the best art museums in Los Angeles.

Getty Center

Getty Center

In addition to its collection of art, which is as rich as the world’s greatest museums, the Getty Center is also visited for its grand architecture and lush green gardens. The Getty offers many masterpieces, produced by artists of all eras and nationalities: Poussin, Titien, Rembrandt, Watteau, Manet … the greatest masters are gathered there.

The place does not only function as a museum. It is in fact a true cultural campus, made up of the Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute and the Getty Conservation Institute.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

LACMA – Installation of 202 lampposts by Chris Burden

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LAMCA) is THE best must-see museums in Los Angeles, along with the Getty Museum. With its 150,000 works, the LACMA contains paintings whose notoriety is well established: the famous “This is not a pipe” by René Magritte, the Great Wave by Kanagawaga from Hokusai, or Still Life with the Dish of cherries by Paul Cézanne. LACMA traces millions of years of art history, from prehistory to the present day.

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