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2525 Michigan Ave. (Santa Monica)
Santa Monica, CA
(1) 310-828-4001 | www.bergamotstation.com
HOURS/TIMESGalleries: Tue.-Fri.: 10:00am-6:00pm; Sat.: 10:00am-5:30pm; Sun.: Closed; Museum: Tue.-Sat.: 11:00am-6:00pm, Sun.-Mon.: Closed
PRICE (MUSEUM; GALLERIES)USD 5 donation recommended; Free
RESERVE IN ADVANCENo
WAIT TIME WITHOUT RESERVATIONNone
HIGHLIGHTSSanta Monica Museum of Art
This trolley station-turned-art collective not only houses the Santa Monica Museum of Art, but also the largest grouping of galleries on the West Coast. Works on display range from furniture and sculpture to painting and photography while specialist design shops vend cutting-edge pieces from local and international artists. Though the collections in the museum and the galleries are ever-sophisticated, the complex has a funky boho vibe which is enhanced by the crowds of local creative types who come to browse on weekends.
GO HERE WITH
A friend – for browsing and lunch in the stellar onsite cafe.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The combination of the laidback bohemian feel and the sophisticated, well-designed exhibitions makes for a relaxing yet inspiring wander.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The design of the space makes it difficult to navigate. So if you’re looking for a specific gallery, come with patience.
GOOD TO KNOW
Parking is free and plentiful–there’s a large lot on site.
Read more about Bergamot Station in The Diary
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