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California African American Museum, Los Angeles
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The California African American Museum is a museum located in Exposition Park, Los Angeles, California, USA. The Museum focuses on enrichment and education on the cultural heritage and history of African Americans with a focus on California and western United States. Admission is free to all visitors. Their mission statement is " To research, collect, preserve, and interpret for public enrichment the history, art and culture of African Americans with an emphasis on California and the western United States.CAAM hosts independent and collaborative educational programs both on and off site of lectures, workshops, innovative programs, and hands-on activities that serve public and private school students, museum patrons and community visitors.HistoryCAAM was chartered by the State of California in 1977 and first opened in 1981, in temporary quarters at the California Museum of Science and Industry (now the nearby California Science Center).BuildingThe current facility was built with state and private funds of around $5 million. The museum was designed by the African–American architects Jack Haywood and (the late) Vince Proby. The new museum building opened to the public during the Los Angeles Olympic Games in July 1984. A major renovation occurred between 2001 and 2003.The museum occupies a 44000sqft building. It includes three exhibition galleries, a theater gallery, a 14000sqft sculpture court, a conference center special events room, an archive and research library. Behind the scenes there are administration offices, exhibit design and artifact storage areas.
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  • We visited the CAAM specifically to see the Genevieve Gaignard exhibit. We were given a warm welcome and information brochures at the main desk. There was an informative guide who explained the exhibi...  more »
  • I was in DC earlier this month and I was fortunate enough to be able to visit the National African American Museum of History and Culture. When I returned to L.A. that got me to thinking about CAAM, a...  more »
  • The Museum is free and allows to visit four different exhibitions on African-American culture. It is possible to park in the adjacent streets for almost nothing. This isn't in the activities to do but if you have a little time in Los Angeles, go ahead. It is located in an area where there are many other cultural and fun such activities. Including the Museum of natural history.
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  • I went here for one of their event opening. They have DJs outside and inside the building, two food trucks, and of course the art exhibit. My experience was great so far. The building was beautiful.
  • Such beautiful art and culture. I could really feel the emotion and message of the art. Also the amazing history behind the art is so inspiring I hope I get to visit again soon.
  • Very well curated exhibitions full of context and meaning, left feeling enlightened and educated. Lovely staff.
  • Ther le is some pretty cool art here. I especially liked the dark room with the projector flashing different images.
  • It was great to see the Nazi propaganda Olympics exhibition.