Museum of Latin American Art

Top choice in Long Beach & San Pedro

This gem of a museum is the only one in the US to present art created since 1945 in Latin America and in Latino communities in the US through important temporary and traveling exhibits. Recent thought-provoking shows included Caribbean art, tattoo art and the works of LA's own Frank Romero.

A sculpture garden around the back has a stage, dance floor and desert-friendly landscaping such as cactus and palo verde trees.

The building used to house a silent-film studio (circa 1919) then a roller rink, which explains the wooden floors.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Long Beach & San Pedro attractions

1. East Village Arts District

0.49 MILES

Don’t get overly excited just because the words 'East Village' and 'Arts' happen to appear in the same sentence. Still, this rather small corner of…

2. Retro Row

0.81 MILES

This blocks-long stretch of 4th St is a fab destination for retro fashion, fun cafes and restaurants and an awesome art-house theater.

3. Long Beach Museum of Art

1.16 MILES

The beachfront location is breathtaking; permanent collections boast pop art, mid-20th-century furniture and sculpture and some contemporary work; and the…

4. Aquarium of the Pacific

1.31 MILES

Long Beach’s most mesmerizing experience, the Aquarium of the Pacific is a vast, high-tech indoor ocean where sharks dart, jellyfish dance and sea lions…

5. Queen Mary

1.61 MILES

Long Beach’s ‘flagship’ attraction is this grand – and supposedly haunted! – British luxury liner. Larger and more luxurious than even the Titanic…

6. Scorpion

1.62 MILES

This Cold War–era Soviet submarine is moored alongside the Queen Mary. As you scramble around, imagine how 78 crew shared 27 bunks and two bathrooms,…

7. Belmont Shore

2.61 MILES

If downtown Long Beach feels urban and corporate, Belmont Shore exudes a quintessential SoCal, laid-back air. It has a fine beach with a pier for fishing…

8. Seal Beach Pier

4.88 MILES

Where Main St ends, Seal Beach Pier begins, extending 1865ft over the ocean. The 1906 original fell victim to winter storms in the 1930s and has since…