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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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  • This centre is free to enter. Staff were friendly. The exhibitions are small but profound and very interesting. I felt a mix of anger and sadness along with disbelief of how African Americans were tre...  more »
  • I'd never been, so decided to traipse down to Exposition Park to visit this museum. The staff was lovely and greeted me so nicely as I entered. Only two galleries were open with two contemporary artis...  more »
  • We made a special effort to take the time and visit the African American Museum. The structure is beautiful, however the exhibits were small and lacking. It would be beneficial to improve the exhibits...  more »
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  • Great time tonight at CAAM with Maxine Waters!!! This Congresswoman is knowledgeable and informed; she speaks with wisdom, experience and understanding concerning her constituents. Many turned out to hear just what she had to say...Look out Mr. President because we will not let our democracy go backwards without a fight!!!
  • Really good and valuable information. I appreciate all aspects of the the museum. Definitely room for more lessons and information, but overall it was great. Thank you!
  • Thought provoking exhibit on the history of people of color in Los Angeles, and relation to law enforcement. Art exhibits are diverse, interesting, and beautiful! Free admission, a MUST see!
  • Beautiful experience. Ample parking but pricey. I will come back.
  • We loved it! A great oppurtunity to educate my kids on that happened in 1992 riots. Natasha Harlins killing.