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Free in Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Some of the collection at LACMA
Some of the collection at LACMASaralyn Wilhelmi

Opening in 1965, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art or LACMA was only a three-building complex and has expanded over the years. LACMA is open everyday except Wednesdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

LACMA is currently a seven-building complex that houses over 100,000 different objects and art work dating from ancient times to present day. This makes LACMA the largest art museum in the western United States even as it is currently undergoing a massive 10-year expansion and renovation. LACMA’s collection includes artwork from artists like Diego Rivera and Pablo Picasso to sculptures from
Auguste Rodin and Jo Davidson.

For those looking for a bite to eat while at LACMA there are four options. Hailed by Esquire as “One of the best new restaurants of 2011,” Ray’s is a Mediterranean-inspired menu from executive chef Kris Morningstar. Stark Bar has a great menu of seasonal cocktails, and a vibrant menu of small plates for guests who just want a small meal. C+M has a huge selection of baked goods offers more choices, both sweet and savory. Finally there is the LACMA Café, which has a salad bar, freshly made sandwiches, baked goods, and hot options for the entire family.

LACMA, unlike many museums with paid admission, has several times each month where guests can get in free. Every Monday thru Friday LACMA is free after 3pm for LA County residents. For those who live outside LA County, LACMA is free on the second Tuesday of every month and because of a sponsorship by Target on select Federal Holidays as well. Bank of America members can get into LACMA on every Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 8pm.

For more information visit:

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Bank of America Free Museums