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Where To See The Best Art In Downtown Los Angeles

Paris, New York, and London are some of the top cities to visit if you are looking for the terrific art scene. But, Los Angeles has become one of the best cities in the world for art as well. The Downtown LA area is the heart of the Los Angeles Art scene. From awe-inspiring galleries to museums, downtown is the place to be. The world famous Broad Museum, which opened just a few years ago, as well as Hauser & Wirth and institutions like the Museum of Contemporary Art, are just a few of downtown LA’s top destinations to visit if you’re looking for a little culture in your day.

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The Broad

221 South Grand Avenue

One of L.A.’s newest museums is also one of the city’s best. The Broad (pronounced Bro-ood) is a cultural landmark housing nearly 2,000 art pieces from billionaires Eli and Edythe Broad’s personal collection of modern and contemporary art. The art is just one of the fascinating aspects of the Museum, as the Museum feels like a piece of art itself. Step inside and the free-admission downtown masterpiece will transform you into a world of incredible architecture, and exhibits like Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms. Yes, those dark sparkly lit rooms that you’ve likely seen in thousands of posts on Instagram. You can browse the website to find out what’s currently on display, and what their upcoming exhibitions are. The Broad also is the place to visit for fascinating events of all kinds. If you’re hungry, there are plenty of great restaurants just steps from this Museum on Grand Avenue, including Patina.


Hauser & Wirth

901-909 E 3rd St

Part of a global chain of art galleries, Hauser & Wirth features contemporary art pieces that you can actually purchase. Founded in 1992 in Zurich, the group eventually expanded into Los Angeles in 2016 occupying a former flour mill. The vibrant space works to link art and architecture along with dynamic and fascinating events. In addition, the Museum works to support and collaborate with local artists, as well as international organizations to engage in the community.  The Museum is constantly rotating exhibits, so make sure to check out the website to see what’s current and upcoming at the gallery. The L.A. location has expanded its events program to include dance and music performances, film screenings, family activities, maker workshops, and artist-led conversations. Make sure to visit Manuela, the onsite restaurant that is one of the best in the city.


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The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

250 S Grand Ave

If you’re looking for Pop Art, Abstract Expressionism and emerging artists, look no further than The Museum of Contemporary Art. The DTLA mainstay focuses primarily on American and European contemporary art created after 1940. This permanent collection brings together incredible works of post-war art that have become long-time visitor favorites. MOCA’s renowned permanent collection features over 7,000 objects and showcases a wide range of media. Wander in and look at surprising and novel juxtapositions, with groupings based on theme, style, method, period, or large-scale installations by an individual artist. Selections from the Permanent Collection includes works by historical figures such as John Chamberlain, Dan Flavin, Franz Kline, Lee Krasner, Joan Miro, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, and Mark Rothko, as well as more recent works by Robert Gober, Rosemarie Trockel, Gary Simmons, and many others.


FIDM Museum & Galleries

919 S Grand Ave

Founded in 1978 to serve the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, the FIDM Museum and Galleries features a collection of incredible art, including costumes. Situated on the ground floor of the L.A. campus of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, it houses over 12,000 costumes, accessories, textiles and more from the 18th century to the present day. If you love fashion, this Museum will not disappoint. Like most museums, there are always current, and future exhibitions, so it is always rotating. Visit the site to see upcoming exhibits. Some current and past exhibits include a look into the Art of Television Costume Design, which celebrates the artistry of costume designers and their teams.