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Hammer Museum
Ranked #89 of 580 things to do in Los Angeles
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Located in the Westwood Village neighborhood of Los Angeles, the Hammer Museum presents exhibitions of contemporary and historical work in all media of the visual arts plus a full roster of free public programs including film screenings, performances, lectures, readings, and panel discussions on current social issues. Admission to the museum is free.
Reviewed 9 April 2014

Loved this Museum ... Beautiful space, easy parking, free admission, etc. We saw the Tea and Morphine exhibit ... It was Wonderful ... And The docents were wonderful ... Everything about this museum is first class ... And I can't say that for LACMA.

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Reviewed 1 March 2014

Went with my wife and my parents. We were there at the time of the Tea and Morphine exhibit.

There are about six galleries around an atrium. The atrium has some huge bamboo and there is a cafe which we did not visit. Admission was free ($3 to park on weekends).

There is a gallery with some classic art which we enjoyed (about 30 or so paintings). The Tea and Morphine exhibit was interesting but not necessarily world class (i.e. there was some Toulouse-Lautrec but not his famous stuff). It was turn of the century French art and history which we found enjoyable.

The other galleries had weird modern stuff, a lot of it "challenging the conventional notions of good taste" or cynical commentary on consumerism or materialism etc. The best part of the modern art galleries is to read the commentary in each section. Each has long description of beautifully written flowery prose which is constructed magnificently and sounds great but after reading you have no idea what it means.

A nice way to spend the afternoon, but don't expect too much. It's not particularly big and the modern stuff (which is the majority) is more social commentary than fine skill and/or craftsmanship.

Thank _MTJ_99
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Reviewed 13 February 2014

We loved the Hammer museum. From the magnificent artworks to the wonderful outdoor spaces, this is well worth a visit. It is well laid out with wonderful open outdoor spaces. Also, the coffee in the cafe was great.
Like so many museums in LA, it was free too!!!!

Thank Carolyn A
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

10899 Wilshire Blvd. Home to the Armand Hammer Collection which contains works by artists including Rembrandt, van Gogh, John Singer Sargeant, Monet, Fantin Latour, Pissaro, etc. I stress quality. While not a huge collection, it's quality is unrivaled. Also temporary exhibits.
Parking can be had below the museum for $3 (with validation). A cafe serving an excellent lunch with daily specials. The food is of the freshest ingredients. A well-stocked museum store. This is really a gem and well-worth a visit if you are serious about 17th-20th century art history.

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Reviewed 6 October 2013

The Hammer is a perfect art museum for teens who are not particularly interested in art, but can appreciate it a little. We arrived on a Sunday afternoon just 1.5 hours before closing. It was the ideal amount of time for us to take in the temporary exhibits of modern artists, as well as a smattering of the permanent collections. The staff was friendly (except the guards, who were at least polite), the art was mostly very interesting, and some of it was downright gorgeous! The best part was the actual Armand Hammer Collection full of Old Masters. A Titian and 2 Moreaus were my favorites! We loved the courtyard, and hope to return to see more some day. We were fortunate to attend free of charge using the "Museums on Us" program sponsored by Bank of America.

1  Thank Scott T
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