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    LACMA and Urban Light: the great art museum of Los Angeles

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    Whenever we stop at Los Angeles we are literally overwhelmed by the countless attractions and possibilities offered to us by the city of Angels. If, between the Studios and the kilometric beaches, you find the time to insert a cultural stop on LACMA it is certainly one of the first choices to consider.


    • What is the LACMA of Los Angeles
      • Urban light
      • Levitated Mass
    • Where is it and how to get there
    • Timetables and tickets
    • Why visit and what to see
    • Where to sleep in the area

    What is the LACMA of Los Angeles

    The LACMA is an acronym that stands for Los Angeles County Museum of Art and is the largest museum in the Western United States, housing more than 150.000 works ranging from Greek and Roman to contemporary art.

    Urban light

    Surely this is the most famous and most photographic installation in the museum. Made by artist Chris Burden, the work consists of 202 lanterns dating back to the years between 1920 and 1930, collected in a fairly limited area so as to give the impression of looking at a labyrinth of lights.

    If you don't want to visit the museum, you can still only observe this installation as it was built outside the LACMA and the best time to do it, as you can imagine, is in the evening, when all the street lamps are turned on.

    Levitated Mass

    Like Urban Light, this installation also attracts many onlookers who want to be immortalized in one unusual photo. It is a work by Michael Heizer who placed a huge stone boulder weighing more than 300 tons on top of a walkway. Visitors can then pass under the gigantic stone supported on supports which, thanks to their small size, help to give the perception that the boulder is magically suspended.

    Where is it and how to get there

    The museum is located in the neighborhood معجزه مسیر,en along the so-called Museum Row: the exact address is 5905 Wilshire Blvd.

    If you want to get to the museum by car the parcheggio del LACMA is located within the Pritzker Parking Garage on 6th St. It is not free and the rate of $ 16 is fixed, regardless of the length of stay.

    If you want to reach the museum using public transport, at the time of writing the article, the subway still does not reach this area of ​​the city, despite the expansion works in progress. The stops closest to the museum are therefore:

    • La Cienega/Jefferson area of line E which is located about 5 kilometers south of the museum. From here you can take bus 217 towards Fairfax Ave.
    • La Wilshire/Western area of line D which is located about 5 kilometers east of the museum. From here you can take bus 20 and 720 towards Wilshire Blvd.

    You will therefore have to rely on the bus lines in particular:

    • Lines 20 and 720 which stop on Wilshire Blvd.
    • Lines 217, 218 and 780 which stop on Fairfax Ave.

    For more information on getting around the city, I refer you to our article on how to get around Los Angeles.

    Timetables and tickets

    Tickets can be purchased online or at the museum entrance. They cost $ 25 for adults, $ 10 for kids between 13 and 17, and are free up to 12 years of age. If you want to save on the cost of the ticket, you should know that entry is free on second Tuesday of each month.

    To check if any tours or tours are available guided tours at the museum, you can click on the link below:

    LACMA Tower

    The museum is open from 11:00 to 17:00 on Monday, Tuesday e Thursday, from 11:00 to 20:00 on Friday and from 10:00 to 19:00 on Saturday and Sunday. The only closing day is Wednesday.

    Why visit and what to see

    Given the enormous quantity of works, and the size of the museum itself which extends over several buildings (Renzo Piano has contributed to some of them), it is very difficult to describe in a few lines everything that awaits you. You will find entire sections dedicated to American, Latin American, Asian art as well as finds dating back to ancient Greek, Roman and Etruscan times.

    Of particular importance is the collection of modern and contemporary art where you can admire works by Magritte, Picasso, Degas, Kandinsky, Titian, Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Cézanne.

    One of the most curious and spectacular installations is certainly Metropolis II made by artist Chris Burden. It is a kinetic work of art that reproduces the life and frenzy of a big city to scale. When active you can enjoy observing more than a thousand vehicles animate the streets of this congested metropolis in miniature (the work is activated only at certain times, I invite you to check the updated ones on the official website).

    A final experience to try is to go up to the top floor of the main building from which you can observe a beautiful view of the surrounding area and, in the distance, also see the legendary Hollywood sign.

    If you want to include one during your west coast tour cultural stage surely this is an opportunity not to be missed. The vast collection and the large number of temporary exhibitions will satisfy everyone's needs. Keep an eye on the calendar of events on the official website to see if there is anything that might interest you during your visit to Los Angeles.

    Where to sleep in the area

    As mentioned, the LACMA is located in the district of معجزه مسیر,en which, however, does not have a great deal of accommodation. If you want to know which are the best neighborhoods to stay in the city, even from a strategic point of view, you can click on the link below to find our advice.

    Our tips on where to sleep in Los Angeles

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