Acquisitions Groups

A Friend-level museum membership or above is required to join; a Curator’s Circle membership is recommended.

LACMA's Acquisitions Groups are essential to sustaining the museum's reputation as a world-class arts institution. Over the course of the museum's 50 years, these groups have acquired or helped acquire nearly 400 works of art for the museum, including some of its most iconic masterpieces. 

Held in public trust for future generations, the museum’s collection attracts international visitors and local audiences alike, ensuring that all can enjoy lifelong relationships with works of art.


Grow LACMA's holdings of international contemporary art. Contemporary@LACMA brings together collectors and enthusiasts to help foster the expansion of LACMA's contemporary art collection through timely and thoughtfully considered acquisitions.

Learn more about Contemporary@LACMA.


Build LACMA's collection of local and international design. DA2 offers its members the unique privilege of working with Decorative Arts and Design curators to acquire 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century objects for the permanent collection. LACMA is the only museum in Southern California with a major design collection, and is renowned for its holdings of Arts and Crafts furnishings, California design, and modern and contemporary studio craft.

Learn more about DA2.


Support emerging Los Angeles artists. Art Here and Now (AHAN): Studio Forum members join LACMA curators in a weekend of artist studio visits, followed by a forum focused on in-depth conversation about potential acquisitions.

Ultimately, works are chosen for LACMA's permanent collection, adding to the AHAN legacy. Members also enjoy an annual celebration with the artists they have brought into the collection, and studio visits with prior artists to see how their practice has evolved. 

Learn more about AHAN. 


Acquire significant works for LACMA's Japanese Art collection. The Japanese Art Acquisitions Group (JAAG) offers donors the unique privilege of working with the curator and head of Japanese Art to acquire significant works for LACMA's permanent collection. JAAG members enjoy behind-the-scenes tours and invitations to other special activities throughout the year.

Learn more about JAAG.