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INFO The Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center, known simply as the Hammer Museum, is a unique art institution that aims to connect the past with the present. Positioned in Westwood, the three-story building is... ... read more

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Hammer Museum - Museum in Los Angeles.

The Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center, known simply as the Hammer Museum, is a unique art institution that aims to connect the past with the present. Positioned in Westwood, the three-story building is one of three public art units located within the School of Arts and Architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Founded by Dr. Armand Hammer as a place to exhibit his extensive art collection, the museum opened to the public in November 1990. Unfortunately, less than two weeks after the opening, Dr. Hammer passed away, all construction was halted, and the building was never fully completed. Four years later, a partnership with UCLA was finalized and the Los Angeles art museum resumed operations.

Today, the museum aims to promote cultural understanding by presenting both historical and contemporary art, in a variety of different forms. In addition to its renowned permanent collections, the Hammer Museum regularly presents a series of temporary exhibitions. Every Thursday admission is free for all visitors.

Events at the Hammer Museum also include a number of programs for the public, such as lectures, film screenings, readings, and musical performances. Many of these take place in the elegant Billy Wilder Theater; located on the courtyard level of the museum, the theater has a capacity of almost 300 people.

Hammer Museum User Reviews

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great museum
Ralph B. Jun 18, 2013
great family fun good art pieces and looking to go back asap to get more great pics and info
Philosophically Engaging
Gerard Nash G. May 20, 2013
For a UCLA Project, my group and I were assigned to study UAV's. Although we did a lot of research on the subject, I would have to say that the showing they had at the Getty Center was very informative. The panel of the talk included three experts on the area, and there was even a lively discussion at the end of the viewing. There was a problem with the discussion, however, since everyone was allowed to talk and some strange individuals were allowed to dominate the discussions. Overall, there was a lot to learn on a huge amount of issues and there are even a lot of restaurants nearby if you want to enjoy dinner after a great show.
Maggie H. May 16, 2013
I’m honestly not the biggest fan of art, but this is definitely a cool place to check out especially if you’re a Bruin because it’s just down the street from UCLA located in the heart of Westwood. Admission is free, and the galleries are pretty interesting. Security keeps a close eye on you to make sure you don’t touch or break anything. I’m a bigger fan of LACMA, but this is a place to check out as well. There are a ton of restaurants to eat at around the museum if you get hungry, and it is located right next to bus stops and shuttle stops for even more convenience!
A real spot of LA Culture
Teresa P. Mar 26, 2013
The Hammer is a mostly modern art museum with a great atmosphere and cool opportunities. Almost all of the galleries rotate a few different exhibits through each year, and often feature LA artists. Check out the website to get a preview of what exhibits will be on display when you come. I personally always have an easier time connecting to modern art when I know a little about the artist and the reasoning behind his or her work. Even if modern art isn't your thing, the Hammer Permanent Collection has a decent amount of classic master paintings that are always on display. Another real treasure of the museum is the Hammer Public Programs, which are free lectures, screenings, conversations, and performances about (and integrating) everything from art to politics to social movements and other cultures held almost every night in the museum's Billy Wilder Theater. Beautiful public courtyard and museum cafe are a little oasis in the urban West LA landscape.
It's a museum.
Valerie Y. Mar 4, 2013
If you're a museum lover who appreciates the value of art and history, as knows a little but about the history and the important relevance of the pieces, then you will probably enjoy the Hammer museum. If you are like me, however, and do not know much history, and are a bigger fan of realism or nature, than a museum is a museum. I don't usually go to museums, but I figured I'd go with some friends who were going, while it was so close to me. It didn't change my perception of museums. However, if you've never been to a museum before, it's worth going to see if museums are your thing.
Contemporary & Modern Art
Sean N. Feb 24, 2013
The Hammer museum is a real treat for UCLA students. Besides the Fowler museum on campus, which can be a bit dull, the Hammer is an excellent alternative for art-minded UCLA students. Located the corner of Westwood and Wilshire, the Hammer just looks cool- the severe, blocky stone exterior often has banners showcasing the cool exhibits inside. Last year they had a really awesome exhibit on Robert Crumb's illustrated Book of Genesis. If you didn't get to see the exhibit, I'd definitely recommend checking out Crumb's book- his illustrations can be weird and grotesque, but are eye-catching nonetheless. His treatment of the Bible is definitely irreverent at times, but also a cool contemporary take on a definitively non-contemporary subject matter. Bottom Line: You don't have to be an art major to enjoy the Hammer museum (I'm not!) However if you want a more modern and contemporary art focus, definitely check out LACMA.
Important Museum to see in Los Angeles
Julie T. Nov 20, 2012
As an art major at UCLA, I don't go as often as I should, but every time I have gone I have enjoyed myself immensely. The museum is student friendly and is always displaying important works of today, hosting artist talks, and events for connecting artists in Los Angeles. The museum also reaches out to students at UCLA, hosting fun events to connect the student body to art. One thing I find amazing is their archive of beautiful prints of famous photographs. Even if you are not an artist, it's a great place to go for a few hours, wander around, enjoy the courtyard filled with a bamboo and a nice café to relax at.
Must See
Jessica T. Aug 10, 2012
The Hammer Museum is the perfect way to spend an afternoon in Los Angeles. Located in the heart of the Westwood Village, it is surrounded by near by restaurants and bars to venture into after or before you see the art and culture center. The best part about the Hammer is that is free and constantly changes out exhibits. The museum displays various elements of art including painting, sculptures and even video and live media. If you get tired of the art, or need to take a break from busy Los Angeles, the Hammer also provides an upstair lounge with couches, books and even ping pong tables. Anyone interested in exploring LA culture in a new way this is the perfect spot.
Must see!
Sridevi R. Aug 8, 2012
Love this place!! I haven't been to many museums in LA yet, but this is one of my favorites so far. They have so many cool temporary exhibits that are definitely worth seeing and I think USC students get a discount too. There are tons of good places to eat around here as well!
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