Without a doubt, this is the focal point of the museum district that runs along Wilshire Boulevard. Chris Burden's Urban Light sculpture, composed of more than 220 restored cast-iron antique street lamps, elegantly marks the location. Inside you'll find one of the country's most comprehensive art collections, with more than 120,000 objects dating from ancient times to the present. The museum, which opened in 1965, now includes numerous buildings that cover more than 20 acres.
The permanent collection's strengths include works by prominent Southern California artists; Latin American artists such as Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo; Islamic and European art; paintings by Henri Matisse, Rene Magritte, Paul Klee, and Wassily Kandinsky; art representing the ancient civilizations of Egypt, the Near East, Greece, and Rome; and costumes and textiles dating back to the 16th century.
The Broad Contemporary Art Museum, designed by Renzo Piano, opened in 2008 and impresses with three
vast floors. BCAM presents contemporary art from LACMA's collection in addition to temporary exhibitions that explore the interplay between the present and the past. In 2010 the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion, a stunning, light-filled space also designed by Renzo Piano, added more gallery space.
LACMA's other spaces include the Ahmanson Building, a showcase for Art of the Pacific, European, Middle Eastern, South and Southeast Asian collections; the Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies; the Art of the Americas Building; the Pavilion for Japanese Art, featuring scrolls, screens, drawings, paintings, textiles, and decorative arts from Japan; the Bing Center, a research library, resource center, and theater; and the Boone's Children's Gallery, located in the Hammer Building, where story time and art lessons are among the activities offered.
Temporary exhibits sometimes require tickets purchased in advance.