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Hammer Museum

Museums, Art and design Westwood Free
4 out of 5 stars
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Hammer Museum
Hammer Museum at UCLA

Industrialist Armand Hammer founded this museum, primarily to house his own collection. Now, under the ownership of UCLA, the Hammer stages fascinating themed shows of modern art, photography and design. The former have included everything from video installations to American comic art; the latter are often drawn from UCLA's Grunwald collection of graphic arts. The shows are supplemented by the Hammer Projects series, focused on emerging artists; works from Hammer's collections; and an excellent, largely free events program that takes in music, films, symposia and so on. Committed to showcasing the works of underrepresented artists from all over the world, the Hammer's multimedia exhibits rotate frequently, so it's worth checking the calendar often. Admission is free on Thursdays, and the museum's open-air courtyard cafe, Ammo, makes for a great post-gallery pit stop.


Venue name: Hammer Museum
Address: 10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11am-8pm; Sat & Sun 11am-5pm
Price: Free
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  • Saturday June 1 2019 - Saturday September 7 2019 Free
  • Festivals Sunday June 16 2019 Free

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4 / 5

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The Hammer consistently stages some of the most engaging art exhibitions in the city. Their "Leap Before You Look" show focusing on the art coming out of Black Mountain College was among the most exciting and interesting shows of 2016. Hammer also regularly hosts cool music and dance events in their courtyard space. And, of course, it's all free, which is amazing. The locale is a bit out of the way for non-students, but it's worth the trek. 

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I have seen the Russian art there and the whole place is fantastic.


Came here last night for the Flux 10 year anniversary party and had a blast.  The museum contains a courtyard with seating as well as a restaurant.  The restaurant had an interesting selection of beers on tap, including a tasty sour.  The auditorium space is intimate, which is great when you want to be up close and personal with a performer or presenter.  Make sure you get to your seat on time because even though there is assigned seating, they will give away your spot once the show starts.  We were supposed to be in row C and ended up having to sit in the very last row/handicapped section. Parking was easy; $6 during this particular event.


Lots of interesting exhibits and a beautiful courtyard. I've been to a few events here and it is a great space to host something. Pro-tip: you can bring your own lunch and eat in the courtyard whenever it's open!

It's a small art museum that will take you 30 mins to an hour to walk through. Sometimes they'll showcase Monet and Van Gogh. Admission is free! Try out the swirl chairs in the courtyard!


I went to a free KCRW sponsored event here a while back during the summer and really loved the experience. They hosted it in their open courtyard and there were several bars, a DJ and dancefloor, and overall a great vibe to the event. The museum was open at the time as well and I enjoyed the exhibits as well - some interesting contemporary and modern ones for sure. Admission is free on Thursdays as well I believe.