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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  • I think it's important first to note that this is not a very large museum but it packs a lot in. I was able to catch the exhibition We Wanted a Revolution: Black Women Artists after missing it at the ...  more »
  • I have never been so disappointed in a major city cultural museum.I don’t even know why the city even bothered to set up that bare, minimal signigicant boring exhibit. My 8 year old God son wanted me ...  more »
  • I went for a KCRW event and it was such a small but powerful experience. They had really interesting exhibits about the African American Experience in LA over the decades.  more »
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  • If you are a visitor a trip down to this part of town is well worth it since it's located in Exposition Park which is home to several museums such as Natural History Museum, California Science Center, and ... I let you look up the rest! A must visit museum in LA. If you are a museum going art loving person in Los Angeles and haven't visited California African American Museum yet you should do it. AND the admission is FREE!
  • Great way to celebrate a new beginning! Awesome book signing event.
  • Learned quite a bit about Los angeles violence, their tack on community unity, and different African American artist who are featured in the museum. Always nice to venture a museum when chillin in another's city.
  • This free museum is tucked into a corner of Exposition Park. Their rotating exhibits are fantastic. I just wish they had a permanent collection/exhibit on the African American history of Los Angeles and California- most people don't know anything about it.
  • The current show is a wonderful cross section of art, history, photo journalism and silent film. We were only able to see one of the films due to time constraints, but will most likely return. The history of racial bigotry in this country, this city of Los Angeles, is truly disturbing, but an important reminder and education. See this show!

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