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 FILM at LACMA ticketing policy?
Reserved tickets for film events can be picked up at LACMA’s Ticket Office, located in the Hammer Building, on the day of the event—as early as 1 pm. Tickets are for general, unreserved seating. Ticketed guests must be in their seats 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time or seats may be released. Reservations do not guarantee entry. Entry is first come, first served, so please arrive early. Program and guest participation subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Tickets are non-transferable and can only be picked up by the individual who reserved them.
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.
What attire is required in the galleries?
Shoes are required in the galleries.
Can kids visit for free?
Yes, anyone 17 years of age or younger enters for free!
We also have a youth membership program called NexGen that anyone 17 years old or younger 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 serving 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
- NexGen, our free membership program for kids 17 and under
- Free general admission for all on the second Tuesday of each month, and free general admission to L.A. County residents Monday through Friday after 3 pm (LACMA is closed on Wednesdays)
- 43 free Family Sundays, reaching more than 18,000 kids and families
- Conservation of more than 135,000 works in our collection
- Our popular free Friday night Jazz at LACMA concerts
I just joined LACMA. What happens next?
You’ll receive a welcome email in about a week, which includes information about what’s on view and what’s coming soon, and instructions on how to download our Mobile Member Card app.
If you joined (or renewed) at the Friend level ($250) or above, you’ll receive an acknowledgement letter and a plastic card in the mail within a few weeks. With your plastic card, you may enjoy reciprocal admission benefits at 24 museums nationwide.
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. Learn more about how to download and activate the app.
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 the Mobile Member Card app.
At the Friend level and above, you will receive a plastic membership card(s). If you have specified a second member on your membership record, you will 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.
Note: we no longer issue "Guest of" membership cards.
I'm a Dual-level member or above. Can the second person on my membership visit without me? Can they bring a guest?
Yes! Your Dual-level ($110) or above membership grants admission for a total of two adults per day. Either member may enjoy two free admissions per day if they visit independently, as long as the total daily admission does not exceed two. Both named members are on record and searchable at the Ticket Office upon presentation of a photo ID.
If you are visiting together on the same day and plan to bring additional guests, you will receive a 30% discount on up to two additional general admission tickets for each visit. Children 17 and under always receive free admission.
If you have not specified a secondary person for your Dual-level membership or higher, 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. Plastic membership cards are issued to Friend-level members and higher.
How many general admission guest passes do I receive with my membership and how do they work?
Friend-level ($250) members receive two general admission guest passes, Supporter-level ($600) members receive four, and Partner-level ($1,200) members receive six. They will be mailed to you in your welcome packet when you join or renew.
Does LACMA membership grant reciprocal admission benefits at any other museums?
Yes. At the Friend-level ($250) 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 sign up for a Student membership?
Full-time undergraduate students currently enrolled in college are eligible for a Student membership. Visit a Ticket Office to show proof of enrollment and provide your expected graduation date to join.
How do I update my contact information?
Email us at @email or call Membership Services at 323 857-6151, Mondays through Fridays from 9 am to 5 pm.
What is the LACMA Parking Pass?
Members at the Dual level ($110) and above (including Curator’s Circle) may purchase a LACMA Parking Pass for $80 at any LACMA Ticket Office or by calling 323 857-6010. A Parking Pass allows you to park one car for free whenever you visit LACMA during museum hours through the duration of your membership year. Get your free validation at any Ticket Office as you pick up your admission sticker. We have your details at the Ticket Office—there are no physical passes. Please note: the LACMA Parking Pass may be used when visiting LACMA only. The Parking Pass does not guarantee a parking spot.
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 ($30): $30
- Individual ($60): $60
- Dual ($110): $110
- Friend ($250): $110
- Supporter ($600): $380
- Partner ($1,200): $850
- Parking Pass ($80): $0
Why are some membership levels not tax deductible?
The IRS requires that the value of certain benefits are subtracted from the full gift amount, since the donor will receive benefits with monetary value, such as guest passes, catalogues, and 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 LACMA’s 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 expanded the program to include all members at the Partner level ($1,200) 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?
Every August, LACMA hosts Summer Evening, a fun, casual, family-friendly open house and barbecue for members at the Partner level and above.
What is a curator-guided tour?
Partner-level members get access to two curator-guided tours each year. LACMA curators guide these special tours, which give an intimate view into special exhibitions at the museum.
What is NexGen?
NexGen is a free youth membership for children 17 and under, created so kids and teens can make the museum a regular part of their lives. NexGen members may visit the museum for free and bring one adult guest for free general admission; NexGen members also receive discounts on studio classes and art camps, but do not receive a discount in the museum store. Museum store discounts are reserved for members at the Student level and above. Learn more about NexGen.
What is NexGen?
NexGen is a free youth membership for children 17 and under, created so kids and teens can make the museum a regular part of their lives. NexGen members may visit the museum for free and bring one adult guest for free; NexGen 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 NexGen. There are more than 250,000 members of the NexGen community! We are excited to have so many members and hope you will visit often.
How much does NexGen cost?
NexGen is free to join and free to visit!
Who can join?
Anyone under the age of 17, including babies. Those 18 years and over can join LACMA at the right level for them, beginning at just $30 a year for students.
How do we join?
Sign up at the museum or fill out this form with your child's name and date of birth. Include your address and email and we’ll send you invitations to NexGen programs. For children under 13, a parent or guardian signature is required. The quickest way to become a member is to simply visit and enroll at the museum to take advantage of member benefits on the spot!
How do we renew?
I lost my card. How do I get a new one?
Call the Education department at 323 857-6512, email email@example.com, or get a new card at the Boone Children's Gallery.
Can I join even if I don’t live in L.A.?
Yes! NexGen wants all children to feel welcome and a part of LACMA. Everyone is invited to join.
Can teens come by themselves?
Ask your parent or guardian—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