Downtown Museums

  • 26 May 2007
  • Anonymous (not verified)

Brief decriptions and links to the 4 principal museums in downtown Los Angeles: The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA),
The Geffen Contemporary Museum of Art, the Japanese-American National Museum, and the Chinese American Museum.


Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

250 South Grand Avenue · Downtown Los Angeles

Each year the museum presents more than 20 exhibitions, including historical and thematic shows, one-person retrospectives, newly commissioned projects, and works by emerging and established artists. These feature not only painting, sculpture and drawing, but also video, photography, film, music, dance, performance, design, architecture and new forms that combine various disciplines. MOCA is also home to one of the country's finest permanent collections of art since 1940, ranging from masterpieces of abstract expressionist and pop art to recent works by young artists. Both permanent and changing selections from this stellar collection are on view throughout the year.


The Geffen Contemporary

152 North Central Avenue · Downtown Los Angeles (in the Little Tokyo district)
MON 11am–5pm, TUES, WED    CLOSED, THURS 11am–8pm, FRI 11am–5pm, SAT-SUN 11am–6pm
General Admission: $12, Students with I.D.: $7, Seniors (65+): $7, Children under 12: Free

A large, open industrial space devoted to specific, often massive, exhibits.



Japanese American National Museum

100 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90012
Ph: (213) 625-0414, Fax: (213) 625-1770

Located in Little Tokyo, the museum is is home to an image archive of more than 100,000 feet of 16 mm and 8 mm home movies of Japanese Americans from the 1920s to the 1950s. The museum also contains artifacts, textiles, art, photographs, and oral histories of Japanese Americans documenting more than 130 years of Japanese American history, dating back to the first Issei generation.

Chinese American Museum

425 N. Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(The cross street is Arcadia)
Contact Information
Tue-Sun 10am–3pm, closed on Mondays
Adults $3.00, Seniors (60 and over) $2.00, Students (with ID) - $2.00

Housed in the oldest and last surviving structure of Los Angeles’ original Chinatown, the 7,200 square foot Chinese American Museum (CAM) building is part of the 44 acre El Pueblo, the city's birthplace. The first Chinese settlement in Los Angeles dates from 1860. The Chinese American Museum is dedicated to researching, preserving and sharing the stories, experiences and contributions of Chinese Americans in the United States through quality exhibitions, programs, events, publications and workshops. The museum has a standing collection of Chinese-American artifacts and hosts changing exhibits on Chinese-American history.