Bergamot Station, Santa Monica

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Bergamot Station is the historical name for the site on which the gallery complex is located, dating back to 1875 when it was a stop for the Red Line trolley running from Los Angeles to the Santa Monica Pier. Bergamot is a flower of the mint family that once flourished in the area.

When the trolley cars stopped running in 1953, the site’s warehouse buildings housed a celery packing operation, then an ice-making plant, and finally a factory for the manufacture of water heaters. Thereafter, the City of Santa Monica purchased the property which then sat abandoned, with plans for it to once again serve as an eventual transit stop, this time for a proposed light rail line running from Los Angeles to Santa Monica.

Plans for the light rail were eventually shelved and the City, seeking an interesting use for the site, approached Wayne Blank, developer and co-owner of the Shoshana Wayne Gallery. Blank’s development expertise has already been tapped by the City of Santa Monica for an earlier project: the conversion of a vacant city-owned airport hangar into artists’ studios. The City, pleased with the project’s outcome, asked Blank to conceive of an artistic use for the Bergamot Station site. Bergamot Station, a campus-like complex that has retained its industrial and rustic look, held its official opening on September 17, 1994.

Since its launch, Bergamot Station has become a popular destination for visitors from around the country and the world. Bergamot Station provides a central location which allows visitors to park in one place and spend the day seeing art, rather than spending time driving from one gallery to the next. It now appears in every guide to Los Angeles as a primary cultural destination, with well over 600,000 visitors each year.
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  • A few galleries with some interesting work plus a couple of cool shops and a cafeteria. Not the most interesting place.  more »
  • When we travel we enjoy visiting art galleries and museums. We were excited by the idea that there would be a Large number of small galleries all in one location! However, once we began exploring the ...  more »
  • this area formerly had the santa monica contemporary art museum, now moved to the center of LA. the large number of surrounding galleries remain. the area is at the Bergamot station on the light rail,...  more »
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  • It was great, specially if you become a part of an artist’s exhibition! Yes, I draw for her to help finishing her goal of 10,000 drawing, painting, and writing! I suggest everyone who can go there and help this German artist finishing her destination: Petra Eiko, and the author of the book: Seeds of Truth!
  • There waa a huge variety of arts to choose from. So many doors I didn't manage to get to all of them. The workers were very friendly. The Café was so amazing, quick, and reasonably priced. I would definitely recommend checking this place out
  • Such a great place to see the work of mostly local artists.Free parking in facility or street parking.Handmade papers, very nice selection!
  • Such a great place to see the work of mostly local artists. Unfortunately it seems like a lot of the galleries were gone/empty during my last visit. And the wonderful art paper store has gone out of business. Thankfully, the fun gallery gift shop was still open. Husbands looking for gifts, take note: It's a great place to get unique, hand crafted jewelry for really great prices.
  • One of a kind, must visit kind of place. Art for any taste.
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