Visit L.A.’s California African American Museum and Experience the Excitement!
Located in the temporary quarters at the California Museum of Science and Industry, the California African American Museum (CAAM) opened its doors in 1981. But, it wasn’t too long before the CAAM had funding to build its own place in Exposition Park. Designed by African American architects, Jack Haywood and Vince Proby, the CAAM moved into its present residence in July 1984. The Museum is quite spacious, offering three full-size exhibition galleries, a theater gallery, a 14,000-square-foot Sculpture Court, a conference center, an archive and research library, executive offices, artifact storage areas and more. However, the CAAM began a major and much needed renovation in 2001, forcing the facility to close. The newly-renovated Museum reopened, though, in 2003 to the delight of many.
Plan Your Trip
The CAAM is situated in Exposition Park at the corner of Figueroa Street and Exposition Boulevard, just west of the 110 (Harbor) Freeway. In fact, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena are adjacent to CAAM, so it’s pretty easy to find. You can visit the Museum Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The best news? Admission is totally free! And, if you happen to be visiting from out of town and need overnight accommodations, book your hotel at Los Angeles Hotels online.
The CAAM has many important and inspiring visual arts collections, including: the Academic and Naturalistic Landscape of the Nineteenth Century; the Modern and Contemporary Art; the Contemporary Art from the African Diaspora; the Traditional African Art and the History Collection.
You’ll definitely want to visit the Permanent Exhibit, which is an “African American Journey West.” This exhibit follows the African American journey from the west coast of Africa to the west coast of the United States. You’ll discover pieces from West Africa which perfectly reflect the history and culture of the regions. You’ll also gain insight into the unique art and artistic contributions that African Americans made at the beginning of the Western Frontier.
There is so much to see at the CAAM. For instance, exhibits like “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing: How The Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment” will educate and entertain all at the same time as it makes it way to the CAAM in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Harlem’s Apollo Theater. This Museum is always quick to recognize important anniversaries and monumental events and then celebrate those dates and events via exhibits and art. Exhibits are always changing, so make sure you visit often and visit the Museum’s official website to find out when various traveling exhibits will arrive at the CAAM.