The Long Beach Museum of Art is Southern California’s hub for fine visual arts with historic collections and a vibrant community.
Current Featured Exhibitions:
· Vitality & Verve: In the Third Dimension (Available until October 16, 2016): This exhibit features immersive, multi-media installations by a select group of nationally and internationally renowned urban contemporary artists, ceramic artists and sculptors.
Group tours are available by filling out the online tour form or by calling 562-439-2119 ext. 255.
The museum strives to be a platform for instilling an appreciation and education for the arts for future generations. It continues to provide an array of educational programs for the city of Long Beach and its surrounding areas, including:
· KidsVision: As the museum’s leading educational program, educators who choose to participate in this program will have in-class visits by museum educators for pre-visit activities. Then, during class visits to the museum, the class will be able to partake in gallery tours and hands-on art-making activities. The museum also provides pre-and post-lesson plans for teachers.
· Toyota Tours: The ongoing, year-round program provides gallery tours and art-making activities for educators’ field trips. These tours meet California State Standards in the Visual and Performing Arts.
· Family Artmaking Workshops: All with a view of the ocean on the LMBA’s lawn, parents and children participate together to create an art project during these free family-orienteded art-making programs.
· Museum Studies Program: In 2012, the Long Beach Museum of Art and Millikan High School in Long Beach launched a new Museum Studies program, where students learn how to curate and install exhibitions in addition to how to teach and lead tours about artworks.
· Community-Based Programs: Led by LBMA trained docents, community tours are catered for groups, such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Campfire Girls, after school programs, and senior groups.
· Adult Workshops: Museum educators hold monthly workshops for adults.
· Artist in Residence: This is a unique opportunity where the LBMA provides space for local artists to create their work while interacting with museum visitors over a period of several months in the museum’s Ralston Family Learning Center. The Museum accepts two to four residencies each year.
· Artist Talk: This program offers the opportunity for artists whose work is being displayed in the museum, or have a connection to the museum to speak about their work and/or the current exhibition.
· Art Chat: These free tours that take place every Friday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. are a great way to explore the galleries and have a casual and personal educational museum experience.
The Long Beach Museum of Art also invites guests to its waterfront restaurant, Claire’s. Claire’s embraces more than just fine cuisine with a stunning view, but aims to live out an artistic vision of artist Claire Faulkenstein (1908-1977). Faulkerstein created Structure and Flow, the fountain that continues to be the restaurant’s artistic centerpiece. When you visit, you will encounter a selection of 17th, 18th, and 19th century English Staffordshire figurative earthenware ceramics from the Estate of Dr. and Mrs. Leslie Dornfeld in the Joann and John Rich Gallery on the first floor.
The museum is open on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and from Friday to Sunday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. General admission is $7 for adults, $6 for students and senior citizens over the age of 62, and free for members and children under the age of 12. However, if visitors attend the museum on Thursday between 3 and 8 p.m. or anytime on Friday, they can visit with free admission.
Ayres Hotel Seal Beach is about a fifteen-minute drive to the Long Beach Museum of Art.