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California African American Museum, Los Angeles

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4.5/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web
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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  • 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 expected something different, maybe a bit of history or something, but what I saw were exhibits by different, I believe California artists. The Artist's exhibits were really awesome and the cellphon...  read more »
  • Although the facilities are large, modern and beautiful, the acquis is rather cramped. However, access to the exhibitions is free. Is another option for those who go to other museums in the neighbourhood.
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  • 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.
  • Ther le is some pretty cool art here. I especially liked the dark room with the projector flashing different images.
  • My first visit to the CAAM was really nice love the art
  • Free and lots of really dope exhibits including hip hop photography a current exhibit featuring Overton Loyd. I would definitely revisit if I'm ever In LA again.
  • This is a great museum. The administration and staff do a wonderful job exhibiting the amazing art, culture and history of African Americans and the African diaspora in California and the American West. A fun place to volunteer as well.
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