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Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Located on the Pacific Rim
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Los Angeles County Museum of Art


Located on the Pacific Rim, LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection of more than 142,000 objects that illuminate 6,000 years of artistic expression across the globe. Committed to showcasing a multitude of art histories, LACMA exhibits and interprets works of art from new and unexpected points of view that are informed by the region’s rich cultural heritage and diverse population. LACMA’s spirit of experimentation is reflected in its work with artists, technologists, and thought leaders as well as in its regional, national, and global partnerships to share collections and programs, create pioneering initiatives, and engage new audiences.


LACMA’s mission is to serve the public through the collection, conservation, exhibition, and interpretation of significant works of art from a broad range of cultures and historical periods, and through the translation of these collections into meaningful educational, aesthetic, intellectual, and cultural experiences for the widest array of audiences.


LACMA has its roots in the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science, and Art, established in 1910 in Exposition Park. In 1961, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art became a separate, art-focused institution. LACMA opened its new Wilshire Boulevard location to the public in 1965, with the permanent collection in the Ahmanson Building, special exhibitions in the Hammer Building, and the 600-seat Bing Theater for public programs.

In the ensuing decades, both the campus and the collection grew considerably. The Anderson Building (renamed the Art of the Americas building in 2007) opened in 1986 to house modern and contemporary art. The Bruce Goff-designed Pavilion for Japanese Art opened in 1988 at the east end of campus. In 1994, the museum acquired the May Company department store building at the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax, which is now home to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, slated to open in 2019.

Since 2007, the museum has doubled its exhibition program, audience, and its campus, and has operated a satellite gallery at Charles White Elementary School in MacArthur Park, where LACMA presents museum-caliber exhibitions and programs in partnership with the school and surrounding communities.

In recent years, LACMA has committed to expanding, upgrading, and unifying the museum’s 20-acre campus through the addition of new buildings, including the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM) (2008) and the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion (2010), as well as monumental public artworks and open-air gathering places for the community. Now, LACMA is focusing on replacing four aging buildings on the east campus with a new home for the permanent collection.

Building LACMA

e-winning architect Peter Zumthor, this new building, named the David Geffen Galleries, is the long-anticipated culmination of over a decade of transformation.

The horizontal design of the David Geffen Galleries will place art from all areas of LACMA’s encyclopedic collection on the same level, so that no single culture, tradition, or era is given more stature than any other. This new building will enable a rotating series of exhibitions rather than a fixed presentation of the collection, offering visitors a multitude of avenues to explore our common humanity.

LACMA’s new building will complete a revitalized corridor of cultural institutions along Wilshire Boulevard that make up L.A.’s museum mile, including the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, the Petersen Automotive Museum, and the future Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

Corporate Governance

Per the Los Angeles County Code and various operating agreements, Museum Associates, a nonprofit public benefit corporation organized under the laws of the state of California, manages, operates, and maintains LACMA. Museum Associates, dba Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is governed by a board of trustees which sets policy and determines the museum’s strategic direction. Museum Associates is an exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is classified as a public charity under section 509(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations to Museum Associates (LACMA or Los Angeles County Museum of Art) are deductible under Section 170 of the Code, to the extent permitted under applicable law.

Private Tours

Tours for Visitors with Special Needs

LACMA is committed to providing learning experiences for kids, teens, and adults of all abilities. Complimentary tours for visitors with special needs focus on different areas of LACMA's collection and last about 50 minutes. Tours must be arranged at least three weeks in advance and depend on the availability of LACMA's trained art docents.Please call 323 857-6109 or email educate@lacma.org for more information.

The museum also offers wheelchairs for use. Wheelchairs can be picked up at any Ticket Office. There is no additional charge; photo identification is required.

Corporate Tours

If you are a corporation looking to host a tour at LACMA, you must be an existing corporate partner or member. To learn more about our partnership opportunities or to become a member, please contact us at corporate@lacma.org.


LACMA can provide your company with a uniquely valuable partnership and the opportunity to align your brand with a premiere encyclopedic art museum. Whether it is through the sponsorship of an exhibition, event, content series, or educational program, or by joining our corporate membership program, LACMA's partners receive exceptional exposure to a broad demographic of visitors and donors, high-profile brand recognition, unique hospitality opportunities, and exclusive events.

To learn more about Corporate Partnership opportunities, or for a custom proposal, please contact us at corporate@lacma.org.

5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90036
323 857-6000

Education & Public Programs
323 857-6512

323 857-6151

Ticket Office
323 857-6010
Education & Public Programs
323 857-6512

323 857-6118

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Located on the Pacific Rim


Office 323 857-6000
Office 323 857-6512
Office 323 857-6010
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