Inside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art


The Los Angeles County Museum of Art features a diverse art collection of over 130,000 pieces. These paintings, objects and photographs reflect the art history of different cultures, spanning from ancient times to present day. It is the largest museum of its kind in the western United States and welcomes over one million visitors each year.

Paul Cezanne’s Still Life with Cherries and Peaches, on display in the Ahmanson Building (Photo: LACMA)

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) opened in 1965 with a three building campus on Wilshire Boulevard. Through acquisitions, partnerships and donations, the campus has since grown to include four additional buildings and thousands more pieces of art. In addition to its art exhibitions, LACMA also hosts film screenings, concert series and educational talks.


LACMA’s art collection reflects the diversity of Los Angeles. There are collections of South and Southeast Asian, European and Islamic Art to explore. You can also find Art of the Ancient World and Modern Art in the same building! Check the daily schedule for free guided tours of the museum’s permanent and visiting collections.

Urban Light by Chris Burden (Photo: Steve via flickr)

Several permanent art installations can be found on the museum’s campus. Most notably, the Instagram-ready Urban Light by Chris Burden and Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass, a 340-ton boulder above a trench that visitors can walk through.

Shop at LACMA

The LACMA Store is stocked with unique items, many of which have been inspired by pieces in the museum’s collection. The carefully curated selection includes jewelry, books, posters and toys. The museum is also home to the Art Catalogues Bookstore, which specializes in books on contemporary art. All of these items and more can be purchased at the LACMA Store Online.

Dine at LACMA

Museum visitors can choose from three dining options at LACMA. C+M (Coffee and Milk) is a craft coffee shop that serves espresso drinks, baked goods and savory sandwiches. The casual LACMA Café has indoor and outdoor seating, and offers freshly made, healthy options for both adults and kids. Reservations can be made at Ray’s and Stark Bar, which feature a globally-inspired menu, a California-centric wine list and seasonal craft cocktails.

Hours and Admission

LACMA is open every Thursday – Tuesday, with hours varying by day. They are closed on Wednesdays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

General admission includes access to LACMA’s permanent collection galleries and temporary exhibitions. Tickets can be purchased online or at the LACMA Ticket Office during museum hours. Adult tickets are $25 and Senior (65+) and Student (with valid ID) tickets are $21. Children 17 and under enter the museum for free.

Getting There

LACMA is located at 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, on LA’s Museum Row. It is accessible via car, bike and public transit. Please visit their website for detailed arrival instructions.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036