What does a ticket to LACMA include?
Admission includes all-day access to the entire museum.
Explore LACMA's collection and exhibitions through a variety of docent-led tours and talks. These engaging tours are offered daily, free with museum admission, and cover diverse topics.
Where do I buy tickets?
Tickets are available anytime online. Tickets are also available during regular museum hours at a LACMA Ticket Office or by calling 323 857-6010. Groups can reserve admission in advance to receive special group rates and book private tours.
What are Levitated Mass’s hours?
Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass is open to the public every day of the week from sunrise to sunset. The work is closed when it is raining.
What are Urban Light’s hours?
Chris Burden’s Urban Light is turned on each day at dusk and turned off at dawn, according to an astronomical timer. The installation is always open for visitors. You can also visit isurbanlighton.com to see the current illumination status.
What are Hancock Park’s hours?
LACMA is located in Hancock Park, in 30 acres situated at the center of Los Angeles, which also contains the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and the forthcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. The park is open 6 am to 10 pm.
The pedestrian gate on the corner of Fairfax Avenue and 6th Street is open 6 am to sunset every day. The other pedestrian gate, off 6th Street, is open 10 am to 9 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday; 10 am to 11 pm on Friday; and closed on Wednesdays. (Please note that some special events may affect hours and access.)
Where is the Lost and Found?
LACMA's Lost and Found is located at the Ticket Office on the Smidt Welcome Plaza.
Is there an ATM at the museum?
An ATM is located in the Ahmanson Building, Level 1, near the restrooms.
Do I have to check my bag?
LACMA Security conducts randomized inspection of bags carried by visitors. Any bag 11 x 14 inches or larger must be checked. Complimentary bag check is available at both Ticket Offices. Due to space limitations, this service is only available to LACMA visitors; first come, first served. Visitors are encouraged to leave bags at home whenever possible. Please note that security officers may ask you to wear or carry smaller backpacks and purses on your front or by your side for the safety of our artwork.
Can I take photos with my phone or camera in the galleries?
Visitors are welcome to take personal photography in our galleries unless otherwise noted. Please, no flash, tripods, or selfie sticks. Also, share photos of your visit using #LACMAplusYou!
Is sketching allowed in the galleries?
Sketching with pencil is permitted in the galleries unless otherwise noted. Please, no ink, paint, or easels in the galleries. Easels are welcome outdoors as long as they are not blocking paths or interfering with public safety.
Can I bring food and drink into the galleries?
Please do not eat, drink, chew gum, smoke, or vape in the galleries. Visitors are welcome to bring food to LACMA’s campus, which has several outdoor areas with tables and chairs, as well as grassy lawns in Hancock Park.
What is the art class refund policy?
Full refunds will only be granted if the art class is canceled. Please notify us immediately of any cancellations so that a student on our waiting list can attend class. A refund equal to half of tuition paid will be granted for cancellations made three weeks before class start date. No refunds for cancellations made less than three weeks prior to class start date.
What is the museum's alcohol policy for outdoor events?
Guests are permitted to bring alcohol in quantities appropriate for personal consumption. LACMA reserves the right to ask visitors who abuse this privilege to leave, and to set other limits, including limiting the areas in which alcohol may be consumed. Consumption of alcohol by anyone under the age of 21 is strictly forbidden. Guests are reminded to drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive. Please observe the carry-in, carry-out courtesy and help keep LACMA and the park clean for all to enjoy.
Can I smoke or vape at LACMA?
No. LACMA is a smoke-free facility, including all indoor and outdoor spaces (i.e. plazas, lawns, and gardens).
Combustible tobacco products (i.e. cigarettes and cigars) and electronic cigarettes/vaping devices may only be used at the designated smoking area near the park entrance on 6th Street. Please note that the California Health and Safety Code prohibits using, smoking, eating, or vaping cannabis in public spaces, including anywhere within this facility.
What attire is required in the galleries?
Shoes are required in the galleries.
Can kids visit for free?
Yes, anyone 12 years of age or younger enters for free!
Teens 13 to 17 years of age who live in Los Angeles County enter free any time.
We also have a youth membership program called NexGen that anyone 17 years old or younger who live in Los Angeles County can join for free. Benefits include free admission for the youth member, free admission for one adult guest, discounts for art classes, and engaging programs that include looking at, talking about, and making art.
Can we touch the art?
Please do not touch the art, which harms it. A safe distance is about an adult arm’s length away.
Can we talk in the galleries?
We encourage and welcome conversations about art. Just use your inside voices so everyone can enjoy.
Can we run in the galleries?
Please walk inside the galleries. You can burn off some energy outside and in the park!
My child is interested in hands-on art making activities. What can we do at the museum?
Visit the Boone Children’s Gallery, a free brush-painting studio for all ages. The Boone Children’s Gallery is located on the plaza level of the Hammer Building.
The Andell Family Sundays program includes artist-led workshops, in-gallery activities, and bilingual gallery tours. Check the calendar for dates and themes.
The Education department also offers seasonal art camps and art classes for children, teens, families, and adults. More information can be found on the Art Classes & Camps page.
Can I bring my stroller?
You are welcome to bring your stroller into most LACMA galleries unless otherwise noted. If you prefer to leave your stroller outside, non-secured stroller parking is provided at two locations: outside the Resnick Pavilion and near the Art of the Americas Building on the L.A. Times Central Court.
Where can I feed my baby?
Breastfeeding and bottle feeding are welcome throughout the museum. Eating is only allowed outside.
Where are changing stations?
Changing stations are available in men’s and women’s restrooms in the Ahmanson Building, Art of the Americas Building, BCAM, and the Resnick Pavilion.
What does my membership gift support?
Your membership gift supports exhibitions, concerts, classes, free admission for kids, and community outreach programs. Members make all these things happen—thank you! Each year, members support:
- Community outreach programs reaching more than 350,000 people
- More than 1,900 free gallery tours for the general public
- More than 60,000 tours for schoolchildren throughout the Los Angeles area
- NexGenLA, our FREE membership program for kids seventeen and under
- Free general admission for all visitors on the second Tuesday of each month, and free general admission to L.A. County residents Monday through Friday after 3 pm (closed on Wednesday)
- 43 free Family Sundays, reaching more than 18,000 kids and families
- Conservation of more than 115,000 works in our collection
- Evenings for Educators program and other professional development programs for teachers that help bring art into classrooms
- Our popular free Friday night Jazz at LACMA concert series
- The Maya Mobile and Ancient World Mobile—our “art trucks” that travel to schools and teach more than 9,000 kids every year about art
I just joined LACMA. What happens next?
First, you’ll receive a welcome email within about a week, which includes information about what’s on view, what’s coming soon, and instructions on how to download our Mobile Member Card app.
If you joined (or renewed) at the Friend level ($300) or above, you’ll receive an acknowledgement letter and a plastic card in the mail within a few weeks. Members at the Friend level and above receive a plastic card in order to enjoy reciprocal admission benefits at 24 museums nationwide. We do not issue plastic membership cards at the Student, Individual, or Dual membership levels—your Mobile Member Card app, or a photo ID, is all you need to visit the museum.
I joined at the Student, Individual, or Dual level and did not receive a plastic card.
We do not issue plastic membership cards at the Student, Individual, or Dual membership levels—your Mobile Member Card app, or a photo ID, is all you need to visit the museum.
What is the Mobile Member Card and how does it work?
The Mobile Member Card is a free app for LACMA members, designed to replace the traditional plastic membership card. You can learn more about how to download and activate the app on the App Store and Google Play.
How many membership cards do I get?
In an effort to be more environmentally friendly and direct more membership support to museum programs, we no longer issue plastic membership cards at the Student, Individual, and Dual levels. Members at these levels can check in at any Ticket Office with a photo ID or our Mobile Member Card app.
At the Friend level or above, you will receive a plastic membership card. If you have specified a second member on your membership record, you will also receive a second card with their name on it. If you have not specified a secondary person, you will only receive one card, but you may still use benefits for yourself and a guest every time you visit the museum.
I'm a Dual-level member or above. Can the second person on my membership visit without me? Can they bring a guest?
Your Dual-level ($130) or above membership grants admission for two people per day. If you are visiting the museum without the second person listed on your membership, you can bring a guest for free. The second listed member may do the same if they are visiting and you are not present. In other words, a total of two people may visit LACMA for free, per day, per Dual-level membership. If both people listed on a membership are visiting on the same day, and they are bringing guests, the guests will need to pay for admission. Members may purchase up to two discounted general admission tickets per visit.
If you have specified a secondary person on your membership, both of you may download and activate the Mobile Member Card app, and it will show both members’ names. If you have not specified a secondary person, your Mobile Member Card will only show your name, but you may still use benefits for yourself and a guest every time you visit the museum.
To specify a secondary member on your membership at the Dual level or above, please email @email. Please note: we no longer issue "Guest of" membership cards.
How many general admission guest passes do I receive with my membership and how do they work?
Friend-level ($300) members receive two general admission guest passes, Supporter-level ($650) members receive four, and Partner-level ($1,300) members receive six. They will be mailed to you in your welcome packet when you join or renew. Members must accompany their guests on visits.
Does LACMA membership grant reciprocal admission benefits at any other museums?
Yes. At the Friend-level ($300) and above, you will receive admission benefits at 24 other museums nationwide, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), Seattle Art Museum, and more. Learn more about reciprocal membership.
How do I update my contact information?
What is the LACMA Parking Pass?
Members at the Dual level ($130) and above (which includes Curator’s Circle) may purchase a LACMA membership parking pass for $80 at any LACMA Ticket Office or by calling 323 857-6010. With the parking pass, you can park one car for free whenever you visit LACMA during museum hours through the duration of your membership year. The LACMA parking lots are for LACMA visits only. Once you’ve purchased the pass, simply stop by the Ticket Office on your way to the galleries to get your free validation. Your details are in the system at the Ticket Office—there are no physical passes that you need to carry. Please note: the LACMA membership parking pass does not guarantee that a parking spot will be available during each visit.
Is a LACMA membership tax deductible?
Tax deductibility varies based on membership level and benefits. Here are the tax-deductible amounts for each level:
- Student ($40): $40
- Individual ($80): $80
- Dual ($130): $130
- Friend ($300): $160
- Supporter ($650): $430
- Partner ($1,300): $950
- Parking Pass ($80): $0
Why are some membership levels not tax deductible?
The IRS requires that we subtract the value of certain benefits from the full gift amount since the donor will receive benefits that have monetary value, such as guest passes, catalogues, and access to special events.
What are Art Councils and how do I get involved?
LACMA's Art Councils have been essential to establishing the museum's reputation as a world-class arts institution. Over the course of the museum's short history, these councils—each supporting a specific curatorial department—have acquired or helped acquire nearly 5,000 works of art for the museum, including some of its most iconic masterpieces. Learn more about Art Councils.
What is LACMA’s travel program?
LACMA’s Art Councils have enjoyed travel with LACMA curators and staff for years, and we have expanded the program to include all members at the Partner level ($1,300) and above. You’ll travel in style to museums and private collections throughout the world, with experts in the field.
What is the annual Summer Evening?
Summer Evening is a fun, casual, open house and barbeque for members at the Partner level ($1,300) and above. It takes place in August, and it is for the entire family.
Can you describe the curator-guided tours a bit more?
There will be two curator-guided tours each year for Partner-level ($1,300) members. These tours will be led by LACMA curators and will give members an intimate view into special exhibitions at the museum.
What is NexGenLA?
NexGenLA is a free membership for children—17 years and younger—who live in Los Angeles County. NexGenLA members visit the museum for free and may bring one guest for free. NexGenLA members also receive discounts on studio classes and art camps, but do not receive a discount in the LACMA Store. LACMA Store discounts are reserved for members at the Student level and above. Learn more about NexGenLA.
How do I sign up for a Student membership?
Full-time undergraduate students currently enrolled in college are eligible for the Student-level membership. Visit a Ticket Office and show proof of enrollment and provide your expected graduation date to join.
What is NexGenLA?
NexGenLA is a FREE membership for children—17 years and younger—who live in Los Angeles County. NexGenLA members visit the museum for free and may bring one guest for free. There are more than 250,000 members of the NexGenLA community! If you are an L.A. County resident, we hope you join and visit often. Learn more about NexGenLA.
How much does it cost to join NexGenLA?
NexGenLA is free to join and offers free admission to the child member and one guest!
Who can join?
Anyone who lives in Los Angeles County and is under the age of 18 can join NexGenLA—even babies! Visitors 18 years and over can join LACMA at the right membership level for them.
How do we join?
Sign up at the museum or fill out and mail this form with the child's name, date of birth, address, and/or email. We’ll email invitations to youth, family, and teen programs, along with information, tips, and news. For children under 13, a parent or guardian signature is required. The quickest way to become a member is to simply visit and enroll in person to take advantage of member benefits on the spot!
How do we renew?
No need to renew. Membership is valid until your 18th birthday.
What are NexGenLA benefits?
NexGenLA members can bring one guest for free and receive discounts on studio classes and art camps. They do not receive a discount in the LACMA Store. LACMA Store discounts are reserved for members at the Student level and above.
What is the difference between Arts for NexGen and NexGenLA?
On July 1, 2019, Arts for NexGen became NexGenLA to focus on children living in Los Angeles County. While NexGenLA offers the same programs and benefits Arts for NexGen did, it is now a special perk for Los Angeles County children. All Arts for NexGen members as of June 30, 2019 have automatically been enrolled in NexGenLA.
Why is NexGenLA focusing on L.A. County?
As a county museum, LACMA is dedicated to serving all of Los Angeles County residents. We believe in investing in the next generation of L.A., and this program is intended for kids and teens living in L.A. County to make the museum a regular part of their lives. Los Angeles County is LACMA’s largest funder, and this is just one way for us to say thank you to the County and its residents.
I am an Arts for NexGen member. Do I need to do anything to become a NexGenLA member?
No, all Arts for NexGen members as of June 30, 2019 will be automatically enrolled in NexGenLA.
I am an Arts for NexGen member but I don’t live in Los Angeles County. Am I still eligible to be a NexGenLA member?
Yes! If you are already an Arts for NexGen member as of June 30, 2019, you can enjoy all the benefits of NexGenLA until your 18th birthday, regardless of where you live. And you don’t have to do anything; you will be automatically enrolled in NexGenLA!
I am not a NexGenLA member, but I live in Los Angeles County. Can I bring a guest for free?
Free admission for one guest is a special perk for NexGenLA members. If you live in Los Angeles County, sign up for NexGenLA!
How do I prove that I live in L.A. County?
To show that you live in L.A. County, you will need to share the child’s zip code.
Can I join even if I don’t live in L.A. County?
No. NexGenLA is a local perk for kids and teens living in Los Angeles County.
I am an adult who doesn’t live in L.A. County, but I am visiting LACMA with a child who lives in L.A. County. Can the child enroll in NexGenLA?
Yes! This membership is based on where the child lives.
I am an adult who lives in L.A. County, but I am visiting LACMA with a child who does not live in L.A. County. Can the child enroll in NexGenLA?
No. As this membership is based on where the child lives, the child is not eligible to enroll in NexGenLA.
I lost my card. How do I get a new one?
Can teens come by themselves?
Yes, with parent or guardian permission—but kids ages 13 and older are allowed to be at the museum by themselves. Bring your friends!
Who may use the Research Library?
The Balch Research Library is open to all individuals interested in researching and learning about art, including museum staff, docents, volunteers, interns, LACMA members, visitors, outside scholars, students, and appraisers.
How do I prepare for a visit?
Before requesting an appointment, researchers are encouraged to search the Library’s online catalog WorldCat LACMA to identify items that you wish to consult. To request an appointment, please fill out this appointment request form or call 323 857-6118. We request that a list of the materials you would like to consult be given to us at least 24 hours in advance to ensure that we have adequate time to page any materials located in one of our satellite libraries. Requested materials will be ready when you arrive, provided they are not being used by one of the museum’s curatorial departments.
May I check out library materials?
The Balch Research Library is a non-circulating library. However, research materials are available for consultation in the Library's reading room. Photocopying is available for most materials. For patrons who want to check out library materials, we suggest the Beverly Hills Public Library or the Los Angeles Public Library.
May I submit reference questions by email?
Researchers may submit reference questions relevant to the library and archives subject areas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
May I reproduce images from LACMA’s collections?
Some records at collections.lacma.org for artworks believed to be in the public domain offer a download option beneath the main image. For all other works of art, use the link labeled "Order Photography" beneath the main image, or contact the museum’s Rights and Reproductions department at email@example.com to order photography from LACMA's collections or for permission to reproduce any part of the LACMA website.
May I make photocopies from your library materials?
Yes, you may make photocopies from most of the items in our collection. Researchers must observe copyright laws when making and using copies.
May I take photographs of portions of your library materials?
Yes, you may photograph portions of most materials. However, flash photography is prohibited. Researchers must observe copyright laws when making reproductions.
What electronic resources do you offer?
In addition to WorldCat for locating books, exhibition catalogs, museum publications, periodicals, artist files, and more, the Research Library also provides a broad range of online resources devoted to the visual arts. Library staff is available to provide introductory guidance for these resources.
What is in the Library’s artist files?
The Library’s artist files, numbering over 35,000 folders, contain exhibition announcements, press releases, clippings, brochures, small exhibition catalogues or checklists, or other ephemera.
How do I find out more about a work of art in LACMA's collection?
You may begin your research with LACMA’s collections website, a searchable database of artworks and related materials from LACMA’s permanent collection, as well as artworks the museum plans on acquiring. An individual database record includes information about the object as well as images and bibliographical information, when available. Since the Research Library supports scholarship related to LACMA's collection, the library staff provides access to library materials, including the museum’s publications found in WorldCat along with subscription databases for research use within the library itself. For assistance with your research, contact a librarian.
How do I find out if a specific work of art is on view?
You may search the collections website to determine whether a specific work of art is on public display. The location of the object will be listed in its individual record. If you require further assistance, please contact the Library.
How do I find out more information about a work of art I own?
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) provides guidance under their FAQs: How can I find out about an artist?
How can I learn about that value of an artwork, its provenance, or its attribution?
Museum personnel do not appraise works of art. To locate an appraiser that matches your needs, call or visit the websites of the following professional associations:
American Society of Appraisers (ASA)
International Society of Appraisers (ISA)
Appraisers Association of America (AAA)
While an initial discussion may be complimentary, appraisers charge for their services. Consider researching similar objects before hiring an appraiser. For your use, the Balch Research Library subscribes to auction databases that indicate current market values.
Bonhams & Butterfields
This auction house also features valuation days when patrons can bring in a limited number of artworks for a brief appraisal.
Why did you redesign the website?
We redesigned our website to better connect our audience to the wide range of cultural offerings that LACMA presents on campus and around the world. Read more about the process on Unframed.
Why is the site black?
Our mobile-friendly “dark mode” color scheme can reduce mobile battery drain and user eyestrain. We’ve included a toggle in the footer of the site for those who prefer a lighter palette. Read more about the benefits of dark mode.
Is the old site still accessible to the public?
The old site is no longer accessible to the public. If you’re having trouble locating content that lived on our old site, try using the search function or leave us a note on our website feedback page.
I clicked a link on an old site or blog post, and received a "Page Not Found" message on the new site.
Apologies for the inconvenience! We’re tracking “Page Not Found” errors and redirecting to the appropriate content on the new site as quickly as possible.
Does your site comply with accessibility standards?
LACMA is committed to providing a great experience for everyone. We’ve designed our website to comply with assistive software and common web standards. If you're experiencing a problem accessing our site via assistive software or hardware, please leave us a note on our website feedback page.
Where is the Reading Room?
Based on observed user patterns and the new site architecture, the resources previously located in the Reading Room have been relocated to new site areas. Materials that are associated with past exhibitions have been moved to the Past Exhibition pages. Publications, whether digital or printed, are now highlighted in our Publications section. Digitized publications are available through Archive.org, on-sale publications are available through the LACMA Store, and out-of-print publications are made available through WorldCat.
Why does Collections Online look the same?
LACMA’s online collections pages are next in line for a redesign. We appreciate your patience as we continue to adapt and improve our digital platforms to achieve the best experience for online visitors.
Where is the Video section?
With the addition of these new content areas came the reconsideration of existing content. LACMA’s video productions have been relocated to YouTube, where we’re leveraging their powerful algorithm and search capabilities to connect viewers to the museum’s video content. Each month we’re featuring a playlist of videos that explore artists and exhibition themes in-depth. These playlists collate LACMA’s original productions and videos from trusted content producers around YouTube. This month’s playlist centers around the exhibition Outliers and American Vanguard Art, bringing together documentaries, artist films, and conversations with curators and artists that are shown in the exhibition. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for updates.
Who created the new website?
User experience and user interface design was handled by LACMA's Web & Digital department with assistance from our Graphic Design department. Web development was handled by Urban Insight, and Stink Studios served as the Creative Technology Consultant handling rollout strategy and promotion. Thank you to all involved in this project.
UX/UI: Sheida Koufigar
UX/UI Art + Tech: Gabe Ferreira
Development: Urban Insight
Rollout Strategy: Stink Studios Los Angeles