Hammer Museum

Hammer Museum information

Los Angeles , USA
10899 Wilshire Blvd
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11am-8pm Tue-Fri, to 5pm Sat & Sun
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Once a vanity project of the late oil tycoon Armand Hammer, his eponymous museum has become a widely respected art space. Selections from Hammer’s personal collection include relatively minor works by Monet, Van Gogh and Mary Cassat, but the museum really shines when it comes to cutting-edge contemporary exhibits featuring local, under-represented and controversial artists. Best of all, it's free.

As an intellectual forum, it presents diverse, high-caliber (and often free) readings, lunchtime art talks, screenings, happenings, discussions, lectures and concerts. Their annual K.A.M.P. program links 50 to 60 former artists in residence with children ($125 to $150 per child) for four hours of sculpting, sticker making, and painting workshops. The courtyard is a great place to hang and is wired with wi-fi, and the museum store is the best in LA. Parking costs $3.