The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the largest of its kind in the western United States, is celebrating its 50th birthday with events throughout 2015. The repository is particularly strong in Asian, Latin American and Islamic works but its most talked-about pieces are located outside; there's Chris Burden's Urban Light sculpture on Mid-Wilshire, which is made up of 202 cast-iron street lamps, is a beautiful sight, especially at night. The museum's indoor/outdoor Ray's and Stark Bar, which has a front-row view, makes it all the more enjoyable while reclining in a red Eames lounger with a glass of Californian wine. In 2012, headlines were made when part of artist Michael Heizer's installation, a 340-tonne granite boulder, stopped traffic while being trucked from a Riverside County quarry to this new museum home. Kids will love the adjacent La Brea Tar Pits, an Ice Age fossil excavation site.
Miracle Mile is a stretch of Wilshire Boulevard. Its Museum Row includes LACMA, Petersen Automotive Museum, Craft & Folk Art Museum and the La Brea Tar Pits.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles
+1 323 857 6010
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