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Chris Burden’s Urban Light, a piece made up of 202 cast-iron street lamps gathered from around L.A. and restored to working order, has quickly become one of the city’s indelible landmarks over the past decade—and it’s inevitably what most visitors will identity the museum with. But you’d be selling yourself short if you don’t venture beyond the photo-friendly installation; LACMA’s collections boast modernist masterpieces, large-scale contemporary works (including Richard Serra’s massive swirling sculpture and Burden’s buzzing, hypnotic tangle of toy cars in Metropolis II), traditional Japanese screens and by far L.A.’s most consistently terrific special exhibitions.

While LACMA’s collections have long been the most impressive in the city, the 20-acre complex of buildings in which they’ve been housed has been quite the reverse. The midcentury grace of the original William Pereira-designed campus was mucked up with a series of postmodern additions; on the other hand, the Renzo Piano-designed Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM) and Resnick Pavilion are bright, spacious galleries that house LACMA’s contemporary works and exciting exhibitions.

Just a heads up: The eastern half of LACMA’s campus (home to its permanent collection) is mostly closed as it gears up for a massive redesign due to be completed in 2024, but you’ll still find about a half-dozen sizable special exhibitions located in the Resnick Pavilion and BCAM.

As for the art itself, you’ll see contemporary titans like Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and local artist Ed Ruscha in BCAM. The rest of its permanent collection is currently in flux due to construction, but expect to see it temporarily transition into the museum’s western campus: familiar modernists like Picasso, Mondrian, Klee and Kandinsky; Impressionist and post-Impressionist pieces by the likes of Cezanne, Gauguin and Degas; as well as a world-renowned collection of Islamic art, plenty of pieces from Africa and, in the Pavilion for Japanese Art, all manner of delightful pieces from the Far East.

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Address: 5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles
90036
Price: L.A. County Residents: $20, seniors and students $16, 17 and under free; Mon–Fri after 3pm free. Non-residents: $25, seniors and students $21, ages 13–17 $10, 12 and under free. Free every second Tue of the month. L.A. County Residents: Free weekdays after 3pm.
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Opening hours: Mon, Tue, Thu 11am–5 pm; Fri 11 am–8 pm; Sat, Sun 10am–7 pm; closed Wed
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