The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a million visitors annually. While its collection does not compare with New York’s Metropolitan Museum or Washington DC’s National Gallery of Art, LACMA has more than 100,000 objects, classified by region, media, and time period, spread amongst various buildings.
One thing I like about LACMA is that it has a lot to see and do outdoors, so it’s the opposite of most museums, where one feels cooped up after a couple of hours. LACMA has interesting permanent installations on its grounds –the most recent is the controversial “Levitated Mass,” about which I wrote a couple of posts in 2012– beautiful sculpture gardens, and while there you can also visit the famous La Brea Tar Pits.
LACMA is a place Angelenos seem to enjoy as much as tourists. They can catch the latest special exhibit, lounge around the campus, grab some lunch at one of the museum’s restaurants, or enjoy some wine and cheese at the bar.
Unlike others, LACMA is a museum to visit in good weather so you can spend the day there enjoying both indoor and outdoor art and activities. Fortunately, good weather is not a hard thing to come by in Los Angeles!