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10899 Wilshire Blvd. (Westwood)
Los Angeles, CA
(1) 310-443-7000 | hammer.ucla.edu
ATTRACTION18th-20th century American and European paintings; modern art; sculpture garden
HOURS/TIMESTue.-Wed.: 11:00am-7:00pm; Thurs.: 11:00am-9:00pm; Fri.-Sat.: 11:00am-7:00pm; Sun.: 11:00am-5:00pm; Mon.: Closed
PRICE (ADULTS; SENIORS AND UCLA ALUMS; STUDENTS, CHILDREN (UNDER 17), MUSEUM MEMBERS, UCLA FACULTY/STAFF:)USD 7; USD 5; free
RESERVE IN ADVANCEYes - for group tours only; reserve online
WAIT TIME WITHOUT RESERVATIONNone
HIGHLIGHTS19th century French paintings; Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden
Sophisticated museum in a contemporary building, based around the private collections of industrialist Armand Hammer. Hammer’s original contribution of 18th-20th century American paintings and pieces by European masters has been recently updated with modern art holdings, one of the country’s largest video libraries (request and select in the bookstore to view a title), and a lush sculpture garden (though the museum runs it, the garden is actually located on the northern end of the UCLA campus). Special exhibitions are famed for being interactive and cutting edge.
GO HERE WITH
An art buff; a date
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Hammer’s superlative collections are small enough that you can take them in without suffering from artistic overload. Also, the creative special exhibitions here are some of the best in the city.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
Though they’ve recently stepped up their children’s programming, this isn’t a great place to take kids.
GOOD TO KNOW
Parking under the museum is USD 3 for three hours with museum validation. On Thursdays, admission is free and there are also free, student-lead tours of the special exhibitions. Group tours (in Spanish and English) can be booked for any day of the week. The bookstore is a treasure in itself, offering 10,000+ volumes, including some rare titles.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (Los Angeles)
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