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Art Fortune has a great list of California art museums. The list is almost endless and there is a California art museum for everyone. If you see that there is something missing in our list of California art museums, don't hesitate to give us a call or shoot us an email so we can add it!



The Paley Center for Media
465 N. Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, California


The Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the collection and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry.




Claremont Museum of Art
536 West First Street
Claremont, California 



Known as "The City of Trees and PhD's," Claremont is located 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. The city is characterized by its prestigious colleges, tree-lined streets, historic buildings, and charming downtown Village.


The Village offers an eclectic variety of street-front shops, music stores, restaurants, and cafés, and its western expansion will soon complete to include an upscale inn, art-house theater, and additional eateries and boutiques. The Packing House, in which the Claremont Museum of Art is located, was the first commercial building to complete as part of this expansion. Claremont is conveniently located along the Metrolink commuter train line, with trains traveling to Los Angeles and San Bernardino daily.




Pomona College Museum of Art
330 North College Way
Claremont, California



The fine art collections of Pomona College are housed in the Pomona College Museum of Art, at the Montgomery Art Center, which was inaugurated in 1958 and named for the late Gladys K. Montgomery, Pomona trustee and Los Angeles civic leader. Among important holdings are the Kress Collection of 15th- and 16th-century Italian panel paintings; over 5,000 examples of Pre-Columbian to 20th-century American Indian art and artifacts, including basketry, ceramics, and beadwork; and a large collection of American and European prints, drawings, and photographs. In addition to serving as the basis for exhibitions, the collections, which are always available for individual study and research, are frequently used for classes.

The Pomona College Museum of Art also is the site of an active program of temporary exhibitions throughout the academic year. These include regular faculty and student shows, as well as historical and contemporary exhibitions designed to complement the College's curricula and to expose students to as wide a variety of works of art as possible. All exhibitions open with public receptions and include lectures and related programs for the College community.





California Center for the Arts
340 North Escondido Blvd.
Escondido, California 


The Center is a multi-discipline arts complex situated on a lush, 12-acre campus. At our one-of-a-kind venue you’ll find two theaters, a 9,000 square foot Conference Center, art and education studios and a museum featuring regional art, as well as internationally known artists and traveling exhibitions

We hope you will make yourself at home while perusing our newly revamped website, where you’ll find information about our exciting line-up of performances, free community events, Center Museum exhibitions, education programs and details about our unique spaces for rent.

We are happy to present our 2009/2010 season which features an eclectic collection of performances and events for teachers, students, art lovers, theater buffs, and community members of all ages. Thanks to our generous donors we will continue to offer Wells Fargo Free First Wednesday performances, Center Stage performances, and free community events this year. The Center aims to enrich the lives of all within its reach through the Arts and their power for community building, and we want to serve you in any way we can.




Fresno Art Museum
2233 North First Street
Fresno, California 


The Fresno Art Museum (FAM) will be one of Fresno's premier and cultural destinations easily accessible by people of all ages, cultures, and economic situations.

FAM will reach out to a diverse audience through innovative and relevant art and cultural programs that educate, engage and fascinate visitors.

Through strategic partners and collaborations, FAM's exhibitions and educational programs will be visible throughout the region.

The Fresno Art Museum collects, preserves, and exhibits to the public tangible objects valuable to art and history. Exhibitions include a wide range of contemporary as well as modern works by local, national and international artists. With additional emphasis on Mexican art from pre-Columbian times to the present, and with the planned bequest of significant collections of pre-Columbian ceramics and French post-impressionist graphics, the Museum is working to serve as both an educational facility and a repository for important collections from the Central Valley.

As the only modern art museum between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the Fresno Art Museum is dedicated to serving the population of Central California. To provide the region's 1.6 million residents with a forum for contemporary and modern issues as they relate to art, the Museum presents exhibitions, films, concerts, lectures, docent tours, and symposia to enlighten, provoke, educate, and entertain its visitors. Work with students is a top priority. Approximately 10,000 students are served by the Museum each year.

Because we are located in one of the most ethnically diverse regions in the state, we address issues of change and cultural diversity on a daily basis. This is represented in the Museum's exhibitions and collections policy, as well as in the audience that utilizes the Museum.

The Museum has an impressive publishing and acquisitions record. Since 1980, over twenty catalogues have been published on such topics as pre-Columbian sculpture; and the work of Robert Cremean, David Smith, Terry Allen, Viola Frey, June Wayne, Milton Avery, Betye Saar, and Darren Waterston. With a collection emphasis on American sculpture, works on paper, art of California, and Mexican art from pre-Columbian times to the present, the Museum has a clear focus and mission.





City of Fullerton Museum
301 N. Pomona Ave.,
Fullerton, California



The history of the Museum begins over a hundred years ago on the corner of Pomona and Wilshire Avenues at the Gem Pharmacy, which was owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. William Starbuck. Later, with the help of donations from local residents the Starbucks began the first Traveling Circulating Library in the back room of the pharmacy.

As the City of Fullerton grew so did the need for educational resources. In 1904, Mayor C.C. Chapman proposed constructing a city library. Land was purchased on the corners of Pomona and Wilshire Avenues and a grant from the Carnegie Foundation helped with the construction of the building. December 16, 1907, marked the opening of the new Carnegie Library.

By 1938 the Carnegie Library no longer filled the needs of the community. Funding from the Federal Works Agency Projects Administration (WPA) enabled construction of a new building to begin in 1940. Local architect Harry Vaughn, known for his work in the Spanish Colonial Style, was hired to design the building. On Christmas Eve of 1941 the new WPA Library was completed.

The Fullerton Museum Association was founded in June 1971 by members of the Youth Center Board of Trustees and other interested citizens after signing a lease with the City for the library, which, in 1973, moved to its present location on Amerige and Short Street.

Muse 9 opened at the site of the former library in April of 1974 with its first permanent collection: an assemblage of bones acquired from the La Brea Tar Pits. To attract a broader audience Muse 9 was renamed the Museum Association of North Orange County and on February 21, 1985, underwent major renovations and took on its present name of the Fullerton Museum Center.




Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture
15770 Tenth Avenue
Hanford, California 



In 1995, the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture, located about 45 miles south of Fresno in the town of Hanford, was founded by Elizabeth and Willard G. "Bill" Clark to "collect, conserve, study, and exhibit" the paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts of Japan. The rapidly growing collection is comprised of many distinguished works representing artistic activity in Japan from the 10th into the 21st century.

Through a significant gift of Japanese paintings from the Clarks, the Clark Center's collection was established in October of 1995. Today, around 1,700 works of art like hanging scrolls, screens, ceramics, kimono, sculptures mainly from the Kamakura period (1185-1333), and decorative art primarily from the Meiji period (1868-1912) are housed at the Center. Among the highlights of the collection are exquisite Buddhist sculpture and painting from the Kamakura period, a wide range of paintings from the Edo period (1615-1868), and a selection of folding screens of the finest quality.

The Clark Center is located in the great interior valley of California. Its comfortable facility and rural setting offer a modern "scholar's studio" environment for contemplation and study. As they enter the first gallery, visitors are greeted with paintings/single screens displayed in tokonoma (alcoves) with tatami (bamboo straw mats), integral elements to a traditional Japanese-style home. The main gallery features natural light diffused with ultraviolet protective glass. Artificial lighting is used when appropriate and the gallery is completely darkened when not in use.

A vital part of the Clark Center is the growing library of now 7,000 volumes specializing on Japanese art and a research facility for visiting scholars. Through its collection, internship program, lectures, symposia, and library resources, the Center hopes to contribute substantially to the development of scholarship in the field. Scholars are encouraged to make advance arrangements for research of the collection.




The Irvine Museum
18881 Von Karman Avenue Ste. 100
Irvine, Califor



The Irvine Museum was founded in 1992 by Joan Irvine Smith and her mother, the late Athalie R. Clarke (1903-1993). Our first exhibition opened on January 15, 1993. The museum is located in the city of Irvine, in central Orange County, and hosts more than 30,000 visitors per year. Our web address is www.irvinemuseum.org

It is the only museum in California dedicated to the preservation and display of California Impressionism or Plein-Air paintings, an art style that flourished in California from 1890 to 1930.

Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 AM to 5 PM. Admission and parking are free. Educational field trips and docent guided tours may be arranged by calling our Curator of Education, Dora James at (949) 476-0294.

The paintings from this beautiful and important regional variant of American Impressionism are principally landscapes that document the splendor of California as it was before huge population growth and mass urbanization.

New exhibitions are installed every four months and the bookstore is a rich source of books, catalogues and note cards that feature paintings of this style.

In our first decade, The Irvine Museum organized 34 exhibitions, 14 of which traveled to one or more venues, and published 12 books in conjunction with various exhibitions.




Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, California



The Museum focuses on the cultural heritage of our huge, diverse and powerful state, and on the unique history and accomplishments of Laguna Beach, a community of the American West located on the shore of southern California, about fifty miles below the city of Los Angeles. As cultural theorists often enjoy pointing out, southern California, with its motion picture, television, and aerospace industries, is the mecca of artificial culture. In this “here-today-gone tomorrow” culture, our history has traditionally been trivialized and discarded, leaving a great deal of the past for us to excavate. Laguna Beach and the Laguna Art Museum have stood at the center of another sort of culture. From the turn of the century through the 1930s, Laguna Beach was home to one of the most significant artists’ colonies on the Pacific Coast. Laguna Art Museum has not only been the focal point of this art colony but, instrumental in uncovering its history as well. Along with its counterpart, the Oakland Museum of California Art in northern California, it has been at the forefront of a trend among California museums to focus on regional art history.

The Museum's exhibitions, catalogues, and educational activities illustrate an ongoing examination of California art, which includes looking at unconventional, but regionally important influences, such as car and surf culture. Through collections, publications, and research on the art of California, Laguna Art Museum promotes understanding of the role of California art and artists in the development of the visual arts nationally and internationally.





University Art Museum
California State University, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, California 



Founded in 1973, the University Art Museum (UAM) at California State University, Long Beach, is a unique cultural institution that champions new and often challenging ideas through wide-ranging exhibitions and provocative programs. The UAM curatorial vision focuses on tension and interplay at the nexus of contemporary art, technology, and society.

For over 30 years, the UAM has introduced numerous artists from diverse fields to a broad audience, both nationally and internationally, and has showcased many of the most significant artistic and cultural developments of the past 50 years. The UAM program of dynamic solo exhibitions and landmark group presentations define key moments in contemporary art, reflect the global nature of art today, and span a vast array of cultural activities and media.

The UAM staff and I hope you enjoy the new virtual presentation of the UAM. It is our desire and hope that this new website will be informative, educational, and insightful, but not a substitute for visiting us in person. We guarantee that you will always find engaging and meaningful exhibitions and programs that will make your trip to the campus worthwhile



Long Beach Museum of Art
2300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, California


The Long Beach Museum of Art is located on a magnificent bluff-top site overlooking Long Beach Harbor and the Pacific Ocean. The campus includes the historic Elizabeth Milbank Anderson house and carriage house, now called the Miller Education Center (built in 1912), oceanfront gardens, and a new pavilion with two floors of expansive gallery space for changing exhibitions with the Museum Store in the Masterson Atrium. The historic buildings are home to administrative offices, the Boeing Classroom and Café. In addition to changing exhibitions, the Museum offers extensive educational programs for children and adults, musical programs, festivals, and other special events. Become a Museum Member today!







Museum of Latin American Art
628 Alamitos Avenue,
Long Beach, California


The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) was founded in 1996 in Long Beach, California and serves the greater Los Angeles area. MOLAA is the only museum in the United States dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art. Since its inception, MOLAA has doubled its size, recently adding a 15,000 sq. ft. sculpture garden, and expanded its permanent collection, ranging from works by Tamayo and Matta to Cruz Diez and Bedia. With its physical expansion complete, MOLAA’s focus is on strengthening its position as a multidisciplinary institution providing a cross-cultural dialogue between artists, the scholarly community and the general public.

The museum is located in the newly developing East Village Arts District of Long Beach, California. Between 1913 and 1918 the site that the museum now occupies was the home of Balboa Amusement Producing Company, then the world’s most productive and innovative silent film studio. Before there was a Hollywood, Balboa was the king of the silver screen, producing as much as 20,000 feet of negative film a week.

The building was recently renovated as molaa’s Entertainment / Education / Special Event venue may have been part of the old Balboa film studio. molaa’s exhibition galleries, administrative offices and store are housed in what was once a roller skating rink known as the Hippodrome. Built in the late 1920s, after the film studios were gone, the Hippodrome was a haven for skaters for four decades. The building then served as a senior health center for fifteen years. The high vaulted ceilings and beautiful wooden floors were perfectly suited for the Hippodrome's final metamorphosis into the Museum of Latin American Art.



J. Paul Getty Museum
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, California


Mission Statement
The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks to further knowledge of the visual arts and to nurture critical seeing by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting works of art of the highest quality. To fulfill its mission, the Museum continues to develop its collection through purchase and gifts, complementing its impact through special exhibitions, publications, educational programs developed for a wide range of audiences, and a related performing arts program. The Museum strives to provide its visitors with access to the most innovative research in the visual arts while they enjoy a unique experience in viewing works of art at our Getty Center and Getty Villa sites. While benefiting from the broader context of the Getty Trust, the Museum also extends the reach of its mission via the internet and through the regular exchange of works of art, staff, and expertise.

The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center in Los Angeles houses European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and European and American photographs.

The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa in Malibu opened on January 28, 2006, after the completion of a major renovation project. As a museum and educational center dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria, the Getty Villa serves a varied audience through exhibitions, conservation, scholarship, research, and public programs. The Villa houses approximately 44,000 works of art from the Museum's extensive collection of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities, of which over 1,200 are on view.

With two locations, the Getty Villa in Malibu and the Getty Center in Los Angeles, the J. Paul Getty Museum serves a wide variety of audiences through its expanded range of exhibitions and programming in the visual arts.



Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, California
323 857-6000


With 100,000 objects dating from ancient times to the present, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the largest art museum in the western United States. A museum of international stature as well as a vital part of Southern California, LACMA shares its vast collections through exhibitions, public programs, and research facilities that attract nearly a million visitors annually.

LACMA’s seven-building complex is located on twenty acres in the heart of Los Angeles, halfway between the ocean and downtown. The campus is undergoing a ten-year expansion and renovation known as the Transformation and designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The first phase of the project opened in early 2008, introducing an open-air pavilion called the BP Grand Entrance as well as the Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA, featuring 60,000 square feet of exhibition space on three floors. BCAM's inaugural installation includes expansive spaces devoted to the art of Richard Serra, Barbara Kruger, John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Damien Hirst, Chris Burden, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and many more.

LACMA’s collections encompass the geographic world and virtually the entire history of art. Among the museum’s special strengths are its holdings of Asian art, housed in part in the Bruce Goff-designed Pavilion for Japanese Art; Latin American art, ranging from pre-Columbian masterpieces to works by leading modern and contemporary artists including Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and José Clemente Orozco; and Islamic art, of which LACMA hosts one of the most significant collections in the world.

In April 2006, Michael Govan became CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director of LACMA. Formerly president and director of Dia Art Foundation and deputy director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Mr. Govan is the seventh director in LACMA’s forty-six-year history.



Architecture and Design Museum
6032 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, California



Established in response to the need for a space that would be devoted expressly to the exhibition of progressive architecture and design in Los Angeles, A+D Museum opened its doors in January 2001 in the Bradbury Building, one of downtown Los Angeles’ premiere landmark buildings.

Now located on Los Angeles’ Museum Row, A+D continues to be the only museum in Los Angeles where continuous exhibits of architecture and design are on view.  Through exhibits, symposia, multi-disciplinary projects, educational and community programming, A+D serves as a showcase for the work of important regional, national and international designers, providing a forum for contemporary issues in architecture, urbanism, and design that are helping to shape the city. Support from corporations, community businesses, foundations and individuals will ensure the continued vitality of what Dwell editor and New York Times contributor Frances Anderton heralded as a “very real force in the city.”

A+D Museum is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization and is a member of the American Association of Museums, the International Confederation of Architectural Museums and is recognized by design industry associations such as the American Institute of Architects/LA, the Industrial Designers Society of America/LA and the American Architectural Foundation.




Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, California 


The Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center (AHMACC) opened to the public in November 1990. Founded by Dr. Armand Hammer, former Chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, the Museum was designed by architect Edward Larrabee Barnes. Financed by Occidental, the Museum was built adjacent to the Corporation’s international headquarters in Westwood. At that time, the Museum featured galleries for Dr. Hammer’s collections — old master paintings and drawings, and a collection of works on paper by Honore Daumier and his contemporaries — as well as galleries for traveling exhibitions. Dr. Hammer died in December 1990, three weeks after the opening of the Museum. Upon his death, all construction was halted and the building was never completed, leaving many spaces unfinished — most importantly, the 300-seat theater on the courtyard level.

In 1992, the Museum began negotiations with its neighbor, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), to assume the management and operations of the institution. In April 1994, the partnership with UCLA was finalized and the following year the University relocated to the Hammer its collections and the staff of the Wight Art Gallery and the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts. The Hammer also assumed responsibility for the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden, located at the north end of the UCLA campus.

Henry Hopkins, then director of the Wight gallery and professor in the Department of Art, became director of the Museum until his retirement in 1998. In 1999 Ann Philbin was named director.

Today, the Museum’s exhibitions present contemporary and historical work in all media of the visual arts. Through its exhibitions, the Museum is committed to promoting cultural understanding, to introducing the work of underrepresented artists, and to interpreting art of the past and present. In addition to selections from its permanent collections, the Museum has a series of temporary exhibitions, including Hammer Projects. All of the Museum’s exhibitions are accompanied by extensive public programs.

In its role as a cultural center, the Museum endeavors to be a vibrant intellectual forum for the exploration of cultural, political, and social issues. To this end, the Museum offers a rich variety of public programs such as lectures, symposia, film series, readings, and musical performances.


California African American Museum
600 State Drive,
Los angeles, California



Chartered by the State of California in September of 1977, the Museum began formal operations in 1981 housed in temporary quarters at the California Museum of Science and Industry (currently the California Science Center). The current facility in Exposition Park was built with State and private funds   for   $5 million.   Designed   by    African American architects, Jack Haywood and the late Vince Proby, the Museum facility opened its doors to the public during the Olympic Games of July 1984. CAAM is currently in its 24th anniversary of being housed in its own facility.

The Museum occupies a 44,000 square feet facility that includes 3 full-size exhibition galleries, a theater gallery, a 14,000 square foot Sculpture Court, a conference center/special events room, an archive and research library, administrative offices, exhibit design and artifact storage areas.

In September 2001, following years of deterioration and risk to the collection, the California African American Museum temporarily closed its exhibition facilities for major infrastructure renovations. Valued at approximately $4.1 million, improvements included automated remote monitoring HVAC system, CCTV security system, dry-pipe fire suppression system, hardwood floor installation, a new roof and skylights, electronic doors to comply with the American with Disabilities Act and an automated light dimmer system. The Museum reopened in March 2003 to great celebration and fanfare.

Exterior improvements in 2003, also included landscaping upgrades. Improved and visible signage has also been installed both outside and in the building.

Facility improvements also include the development of a permanent interactive education and engagement center which began as part of the Museum’s exhibition Black Olympians: Moments of Inspiration.  Renovations are underway and completion is expected in 2006 for what is referred to as the Gallery of Discovery.  Support for the center has come from a number of partnership sources, in particular from IBM, Allstate, NBC, the Amateur Athletic Foundation, UCLA and Loyola Marymount amongst others

A more long-term Expansion Study has been developed with bond funds made available in previous fiscal years. The Expansion Study led by the architectural firm of Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc., with design by Huff & Gooden Architects, LLC, and mission/vision planning by LORD Cultural Resources Planning & Management. The preliminary concept scope has been reviewed and budget estimates were completed early 2005. This study includes modifying CAAM’s orientation in the park in light of the larger master plan begun by the California Science Center, as well as expansion of CAAM to accommodate future and current needs for education programming space, museum store and café locations, lecture/theater setting presentation space, and permanent galleries for interactive discovery, history and art associated with CAAM’s permanent collection.



Craft and Folk Art Museum
5814 Wilshire Boulevard,
Los Angeles, California



At CAFAM we view the term “folk art” in a contemporary and dynamic light that is not limited to one frame. We consider all art made in a cultural and social context as part of our domain. Our stance encompasses a wide breath of art and ideas ranging from Polynesian body tattoos that mark a tribe, whether traditional or urban, to the modern interpretation of ancient cave paintings from India that offer political commentary about a post-9/11 world, to a photojournalist’s observations of the complexity of contemporary Iranian society.

Folk art offers cultural insights not readily seen in other art forms since it is created with an awareness of, and a connection to tradition and community.  The process of creating folk art is a varied and dynamic one that builds on traditional methods or ideas, but also includes individual creativity and contemporary influences. This artistic merger of social order and individual creativity offers incredible insight into global and local values and beliefs.  Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of folk art is how sublimely it reveals human similarities amongst diverse cultures.



Korean American Museum
3727 West Sixth Street, Suite 400,
Los Angeles, California


The Korean American community has established the Korean American Museum to interpret and preserve its history, culture, and achievements; to examine and discuss issues currently facing the community; and to explore new and innovative ways to communicate the Korean American experience to other American communities.

The Korean American Museum is dedicated not only to increasing our understanding of the Korean American experience, but also to fostering creative approaches to advancing Korean American culture.

The Korean American Museum honors the legacy and accomplishments of Korean immigrants and their families, documents their journey to contemporary America, and stimulates thought, discussion, and action regarding the community’s future.

Located in the heart of the largest Korean American community, the Korean American Museum has programs of national scope and serves as a center of Korean American life in this country.

The Korean American Museum facilitates partnerships between Korean American community resources and other national and regional institutions.

The Korean American Museum tells the Korean American story. It weaves this story into the complex and colorful fabric of America’s cultural life. In doing so, the Korean American Museum helps define what it means to be Korean American.


The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
250 South Grand Avenue,
Los Angeles, California


Founded in 1979, MOCA is the only museum in Los Angeles devoted exclusively to contemporary art. It is committed to the collection, presentation, and interpretation of work produced since 1940 in all media, and to preserving that work for future generations. In a remarkably short time, MOCA has developed one of the nation's most renowned permanent collections. Now numbering over 5,000 works and steadily growing, this invaluable cultural resource provides extensive opportunities for education and enjoyment to thousands of national and international visitors. Today the museum is housed in three unique facilities: MOCA Grand Avenue, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, and MOCA Pacific Design Center.



Skirball Cultural Center
2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, California



Hailed by The New York Times as "a lesson on how to connect the eye to heart and mind," the Skirball Cultural Center has established itself as one of the world's most dynamic Jewish cultural institutions, and among the most prominent cultural venues in the United States. Its mission is to explore the connections between four thousand years of Jewish heritage and the vitality of American democratic ideals. It seeks to welcome and inspire people of every ethnic and cultural identity in American life. Guided by our respective memories and experiences, together we aim to build a society in which all of us can feel at home.

The Skirball features an extraordinary museum, changing exhibitions, engaging music, theater, comedy, film, family, and literary programs, Zeidler's Café, and Audrey's Museum store, and a new interactive family destination inspired by the Noah's Ark story—all in a stunning architectural setting designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie. Over 500,000 people visit the Skirball each year. They may be coming to enjoy an exhibition, attend a music program, participate in a meeting hosted by a community organization, educational institution, or local business, or partake in a life-cycle event such as a baby naming, wedding, or memorial service. The Skirball's acclaimed school program serves over 50,000 children and teachers annually from public, private, and parochial schools.

The Skirball's core exhibition Visions and Values: Jewish Life from Antiquity to America traces the experiences and accomplishments of the Jewish people over four thousand years. The galleries include multimedia installations, rare artifacts, photographs, interactive computer stations, and sound recordings that lead visitors on the Jewish people's journey, culminating with their history in the United States. The story presented is about retaining one's own culture while adapting to life in America. As with all Skirball exhibitions and programs, it seeks to communicate universal themes to people of all heritages and beliefs.

The Skirball Cultural Center, an affiliate of Hebrew Union College, is an autonomous entity with full responsibility for its own finances and programming.

Watch a quick video of daily life at the Skirball.


Fowler Museum at UCLA
308 Charles E. Young Drive North
Los Angeles, California


The museum was established in 1963 by then UCLA Chancellor Franklin D. Murphy as the Museum and Laboratories of Ethnic Arts and Technology. Its first home was in the basement of Haines Hall on the UCLA campus.

The goal of this new museum was to consolidate the various collections of non-Western art and artifacts on campus. In addition to active collecting, the museum initiated research projects, fieldwork, exhibitions and publications. In 1971 the name was changed to the Museum of Cultural History and by 1975 its collections, in numbers and in quality, ranked it among the top four university museums in the country, a stature it retains to the present day.

A large, state-of-the-art facility called the Fowler Museum of Cultural History opened on September 30, 1992, named in recognition of lead support by the Fowler Foundation and the family of collector and inventor Francis E. Fowler Jr. In 2006 the name of the Museum was formally changed to the Fowler Museum at UCLA.



USC Fisher Museum of Art
823 Exposition Boulevard University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California



Discover art spanning five centuries at USC Fisher Museum of Art, the museum of the University of Southern California and the first museum established in Los Angeles devoted exclusively to the exhibition and collection of fine art.

Founded in 1939 by Elizabeth Holmes Fisher and accredited by the American Association of Museums, the gallery houses a permanent collection of some 1,800 objects including 19th century American landscapes; 16th and 17th century Northern European paintings; 18th century British portraiture; and 19th century French Barbizon paintings, as well as 20th century works on paper, paintings and sculpture and features exhibitions of local, international, and emerging artists.

Our exhibition schedule provides a lively offering of contemporary and old master exhibitions designed to introduce the arts to a wide range of audiences.

Located on the USC Campus in the heart of Los Angeles, the museum is part of an extraordinary complex of Exposition Park museums including the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the California Science Center, and the California African American Museum.



Monterey Museum of Art
559 Pacific Street
Monterey, California 



Celebrating the rich artistic heritage of Central California, the Monterey Museum of Art offers exceptional collections of early California painting, photography, and contemporary art in two unique historic settings. The Museum has significant collections of work by Armin Hansen, William Ritschel, Ansel Adams, and Edward Weston. Our collections are supplemented by year-round exhibitions, lectures, classes, symposia, and travel opportunities. Whether you’re viewing the galleries at MMA Pacific Street or strolling the gardens at MMA La Mirada, there’s always something new and wonderful to see.



Hearst Art Gallery - Saint Mary's College of California
1928 Saint Mary's Road Located directly behind the Chapel.



The art collection originated in the early part of the 20th century, with the first gallery opening in 1934. The present Hearst Art Gallery, built in 1977 with a grant from the Hearst Foundation, serves both the Saint Mary's College community and the public. Exhibitions and events are enhanced by a wonderful group of volunteers who assist with all aspects of museum operations and members whose generous support makes many programs and publications possible.

The Hearst Art Gallery was built with the aid of a grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The Gallery opened in 1977, replacing a smaller William Keith Gallery. The College previously collected and distributed art for several decades, including many works by William Keith (1838-1911), a key figure in the history of California art. Brother Fidelis Cornelius Braeg, Saint Mary's College art professor and Keith biographer, established the original William Keith Collection and Gallery at Saint Mary's in 1934.





di Rosa Preserve
5200 Sonoma Highway
Napa, California


The current di Rosa is a portion of the original 460 acres of land purchased by Rene di Rosa in 1960. Vineyards were established in 1855, but the land and building had fallen into disuse. Phylloxera in the late 19th Century and Prohibition in the 20th Century did away with the vineyards, and the 1886 stone winery was used for making moonshine, growing mushrooms, storing grain and hay, and milling.

After Rene di Rosa purchased the acreage, the stone winery was converted into a home and the land turned from dairy cattle to grapes once again. In 1963, Winery Lake Vineyards was established. Vines eventually covered some 250 acres and through the years the quality fruit was sought by over 50 wineries. Seagram purchased the famed Winery Lake Vineyard in 1986.




Orange County Museum of Art
850 San Clemente Drive
Newport Beach, California 



The Orange County Museum of Art is the premier visual arts organization in Orange County, California, serving a population of nearly three million residents in one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country. Critically acclaimed exhibitions such as Picasso to Pollock: Modern Masterpieces from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Mary Heilmann: To Be Someone, and Birth of the Cool: Art Design, and Culture at Midcentury, draw more than 60,000 visitors annually. Some 15,000 children and adults participate in award winning education programs. The museum's collection comprises nearly 2,500 objects, with a concentration on the art of California from the early 20th century to present.

Originally incorporated in 1918 as the Laguna Beach Art Association, the museum grew, expanded its facilities in Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa into nationally recognized programs, and in 1996 took the name Orange County Museum of Art. The museum is especially noted for organizing important exhibitions of contemporary art, including the first surveys of Vija Celmins (1980), Chris Burden (1988), and Tony Cragg (1990), as well as major exhibitions of work by Lari Pittman (1983), Gunther Forg (1989), Charles Ray (1990), Guillermo Kuitca (1992), Bill Viola (1997), Inigo Manglano-Ovalle (2003), Catherine Opie (2006), and Mary Heilmann (2007). Thematic exhibitions of contemporary art have ranged from Objectives: The New Sculpture (1990) which presented the work of Grenville Davey, Katharina Fritsch, Robert Gober, Jeff Koons, Annette Lemieux, Juan Munoz, Julian Opie, and Haim Steinbach to Girls' Night Out (2003), which presented work by Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Elina Brotherus, Dorit Cypis, Rineke Dijkstra, Katy Grannan, Sarah Jones, Kelly Nipper, Daniela Rossell, Shirana Shahbazi, and Salla Tykka.

In 1984 the Museum launched the California Biennial, which has grown to become the premier exhibition for emerging artists in the state. The museum has co-organized exhibitions with the Renaissance Society, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Grey Art Gallery, and its exhibitions have traveled to more than 20 museums here and abroad over the last decade.

In addition to its significant contributions to the field of contemporary art, the museum has also organized and hosted important exhibitions of modern art and design such as Edvard Munch: Expressionist Paintings, 1900-1940 (1983), The Interpretive Link: Abstract Surrealism into Abstract Expressionism: Works on Paper, 1938-1948 (1986), The Figurative Fifties: New York Figurative Expressionism (1988), Edward Hopper: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art (1991), American Modern, 1925-1940: Design for a New Age (2001), Light Screens: The Leaded Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright (2003), and Picasso to Pollock: Modern Masterpieces from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (2004), (2007), and Birth of the Cool: Art Design, and Culture at Midcentury (2007).



Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street
Oakland, California

Oceanside Museum of Art
704 Pier View Way
Oceanside, California

Carnegie Art Museum
424 South C Street
Oxnard, California

Palm Springs Art Museum
101 Museum Drive
Palm Springs, California

Norton Simon Museum
411 W. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, California

Pasadena Museum of California Art
490 East Union Street
Pasadena, California 

Riverside Art Museum
3425 Mission Inn Ave.
Riverside, California

Sweeney Art Gallery
3800 Main Street
Riverside, California

University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, California

Crocker Art Museum
216 O Street
Sacramento, California

Mingei International Museum
1439 El Prado - on the Plaza de Panama
San Diego, California

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
700 Prospect Street
La Jolla, California

Museum of Photographic Arts
1649 El Prado
San Diego, California

San Diego Art Institute: Museum of the Living Artist
1439 El Prado,
San Diego, CA 92101

San Diego Museum of Art
1450 El Prado Balboa Park
San Diego, California

Stuart Collection
0010 University of California, San Diego 9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California

Timken Museum of Art
1500 El Prado, Balboa Park
San Diego, California

Legion of Honor: The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Golden Gate Park 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, California

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street
San Francisco, California

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
200 Larkin Street (between Fulton and McAllister Streets)
San Francisco, California 

Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street
San Francisco, California

Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street (between Third and Fourth streets)
San Francisco, California

Museo Italo Americano
Fort Mason Center, Building C
San Francisco, California

The Museum of Craft and Folk Art
51 Yerba Buena Lane
San Francisco, California

San Francisco State University: Fine Arts Gallery
1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, California

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street
San Francisco, California

San Jose Museum of Art
110 South Market Street
San Jose, California

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California

Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, California

University Art Museum, University of California at Santa Barbara
University of California at Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California

de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real,
Santa Clara, California

Triton Museum of Art
1505 Warburton Ave
Santa Clara, California

The Museum of Art & History @ the McPherson Center
705 Front Street
Santa Cruz, California

Santa Monica Museum of Art
2525 Michigan Ave
Santa Monica, California

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
551 Broadway
Sonoma, California

Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University
328 Lomita Drive (at Museum Way)
Stanford, California

The Haggin Museum
Victory Park, 1201 N. Pershing Ave
Stockton, California USA

Museum of Ventura County
89 California Street
Ventura, California

Bakersfield Museum of Art
1930 R Street
Bakersfield, California

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2625 Durant Avenue #2250
Berkeley, California

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive,
San Francisco, California



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