Top 5 California Art Museums to Visit This Summer!

Top 5 Art Museums To Visit In California This Summer!


In recent times, visits to art exhibits and museums have become increasingly popular.  New exhibits have been brought to local California art museums including the LACMA, and MOCA, making them extremely  sought-after destinations.  Attracting a variety of individuals, these 5 art museum should not go unvisited in the Summer.


  1. LACMA

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is one of the most infamous art museums located in Los Angeles, California.  Known best for its “ Rain Room” or the “ Urban Lamps” exhibit, LACMA has been one of the most popular museums and tourists spots for individuals visiting LA. With a variety of exhibits constantly being put on display and changed LACMA offers the works of many great artists in exhibitions including: “ Miracle Mile” “ Smoke” by Tony Smith, Labor and Photography” “ Light Play: Experiments in Photography 1970s to Present”, and many more.  In the near future, the museum also plans on bringing new exhibitions such as: “ Home– So Different, So Appealing” “Playing with Fire” by Carlos Almaraz, and “A Universal History of Infamy”  Just three of the many upcoming exhibitions to be put on display starting July of 2017.   

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  1. MOCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art is also one of the most visited art museums in West Hollywood, CA.  With a variety of exhibitions and well known artists, the pieces on display are truly unlike any other.  Some current popular exhibitions include: “Mastry” by  Kerry James Marshall, “ DIAMOND STINGILY : Sandra’s Walk” and “ Weed Killer” by Patrick Staff.  These are three extremely visited exhibits at the MOCA due to their originality and unique attributes allowing them to truly stand out.  There are also many upcoming exhibits to appear at the MOCA including, “ Naked Is the Best Disguise” by Peter Shire.  This exhibit, “ is a survey of Los Angeles- based artist Peter Shire’s work in design from the 1970’s to the present” ( MOCA on Peter Shire : Naked Is the Best Disguise).

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  1. Paley Center for Media

The Paley Center for Media has two main locations in the United States, New York, and Los Angeles.  The Paley Center, leads discussions regarding the many aspects of media in our world today.  Holding many different screening dates, and eye opening exhibits the Paley is extremely well known for its Weekend Screenings held in both NY and LA.  The Weekend Screenings allow for families and friends to get together and watch their favorite shows chosen by their Members on the big screen. With many free exhibitions as well, The Paley LA is bringing “ American Horror Story: The Style of Scare” to display on June 3rd to July 20th 2017.  

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  1. The Broad

Known most famously for its Infinity Mirrored  Room by Yayoi Kusama,  the Broad museum in LA is home to a plethora of well known pieces and exhibits.  A now popular spot for tourists, and locals in Los Angeles the Broad has gained popularity tremendously in the past year.  Founded by philanthropists this contemporary art museum is home to over 2,000 works of art.  Some of its most popular works on display include works by: Barbara Kruger, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Glenn Ligon, and many other amazing artists. The most anticipated upcoming exhibition is titled the Infinity Mirrors by Yayoi Kusama.  With a single installation of a infinity mirrored room already in the Broad, this new exhibition is significantly larger, and will definitely catch the eye of many individuals around the world.  

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  1. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ( SFMOMA)

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, is a meaningful part of public life for the locals and tourists of San Francisco, CA.  With a plethora of  “ exhilarating exhibitions, and unparalleled collections”  the SFMOMA has many exhibitions which have caught the public eye.  These include but are not limited to: Mike Mandel “ Good 70’s” Larry Sultan “ Here and Home” The Fisher Collection “ Pop, Minimal, and Figurative Art”, and “ Motion Lab” by Alexander Calder.  These exhibitions have been recently displayed and are leaving the SFMOMA soon.  Not to worry though, as there are many upcoming exhibitions including: “ Nam June Paik” In Character, “ Side by Side” Dual Portraits of Artists, and Edvard Munch’s “ Between the Clock and the Bed”.

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These museums have become increasingly popular throughout the past work due to the astonishing pieces and exhibitions on display at their locations.  With many upcoming exhibitions as well, you should definitely add them to your summer plans!   If you have already seen these museums and may be looking for more below is a list of more museums to check out this summer!

  1. UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History – Los Angeles, CA
  2. Monterey Museum of Art – Monterey, CA
  3. Museum of Modern Art – Los Angeles, CA
  4. Museum of Neon Art – Los Angeles, CA
  5. Museum of Photographic Arts – San Diego, CA
  6. Center for Contemporary Art – Sacramento, CA
  7. Cartoon Art Museum – San Francisco
  8. Cantor Center for Visual Arts – Stanford, CA

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