To serve the public through the collection, conservation, exhibition, and interpretation of significant works of art from a broad range of cultures and historical periods, and through the translation of these collections into meaningful educational, aesthetic, intellectual, and cultural experiences for the widest array of audiences.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) was established in 1910 as part of the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science, and Art. It became a museum in its own right in 1961 and opened its doors to the public four years later. LACMA houses more than 100,000 works of art, including European masterpieces, contemporary art, and extensive U.S., Latin American, Islamic, Korean, and Japanese collections. It also maintains a full schedule of special exhibitions, film and music programs, and educational events; its research library and teacher resource center are available to the public by appointment.
Outstanding Web Features:
The LACMA Web site allows visitors to view the museum's collections online, with highlights of new material and exhibitions, and links to popular searches such as American paintings and California art. It also features Artwork of the Month for children, with an archive of past selections. Frequently updated sections of the site include Behind the Scenes, recent interviews and essays about LACMA's art and artists; and new acquisitions. In addition, users can learn about the Provenance Project, which focuses on authenticating a work of art and establishing the legal ownership of it; the museum's Conservation Center; and the free youth membership program, NexGen, which offers free admission to anyone 17 and younger and to one accompanying adult. Visitors to the site also may subscribe to LACMA's free e-news service.