When people think of Long Beach, they think of sandy beaches, fresh seafood, and the Grande Dame of them all, the Queen Mary. True, Long Beach has abundant ocean shoreline, but this city also possesses a plethora of gated communities, golf courses, country clubs, and high-rise hotels that boast views of Long Beach Harbor and the cityscape. Long Beach has stylish wedding venues like The Modern where couples can jet in, marry atop the Sky Harbor Hangar and jet away. Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden provides a serene and luxurious natural setting. These top 23 wedding venues await for your special day. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


1.The Ebell Club Long Beach

The Ebell Club Long Beach
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The Ebell Club Long Beach, a three-time WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winning venue, is one of three women’s clubs in Southern California. The 1924 club is nestled in a neighborhood of tree-lined streets. The 25,000-square-foot Spanish-Revival design features a red-tile roof, an intricately sculpted portico, and a ballroom with a soaring 24-foot-high hand-stenciled ceiling. The Ebell Club offers amenities and services like set up and clean up, chairs, tables, linens, accessibility, parking, a suite for the bridal party, and dessert. This stately venue is ideal for the couple who want a traditional old-California wedding.

290 Cerritos Avenue, Long Beach, CA, Phone: 562-436-4014

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2.Belmont Shore Chalet

Belmont Shore Chalet
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The Belmont Shore Chalet in the heart of Long Beach is also a ballroom dance studio that hosts wedding ceremonies and receptions. Located just steps from the beach, couples can choose from three beautiful beach ceremony venues – Claremont Beach, The Peninsula, and Granada Beach. This Chalet’s spacious banquet room and bar area features gleaming wood floors, string lights plus chandelier, and a neutral color palette awaiting the couple’s personalization. Belmont Shore Chalet provides tables, chairs, fine linens, set up and clean up, music, catering, and wedding coordination. The venue can accommodate 150 seated guests. It’s ideal for beach ceremonies and indoor receptions.

5107 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA, Phone: 562-438-1557

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3.Grand Long Beach Events Center

Grand Long Beach Events Center
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Grand Long Beach Events Center, a Bride’s Choice award-winner, has also been featured on WE TV’s “My Fair Wedding”. This beachside beauty has the capacity to host any size wedding or ceremony. Featuring 40,000 square feet of event space on 11 luscious landscaped acres, this stylish Center provides ample options with two outdoor courtyards, six flexible indoor spaces, and two room-adjacent patios. Couples meet with the event planner and executive chef to go over their vision, china, flatware, and glassware, and sparkling cider and champagne toast. This venue is ideal for couples who want a lavish fairytale-style wedding.

4101 East Willow Street, Long Beach CA, Phone: 562-426-0555

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4.Long Beach Marriott

Long Beach Marriott
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The Long Beach Marriott has over 17,000 square feet of event space available to make every bride’s dream wedding a reality. This elegant hotel features a Certified Wedding Planner to consult with the couple about their big day, and to ensure plans stay on course. This hotel covers a wide assortment of services like all-inclusive packages, catered buffet, family-style, or plated service, cake service, sound and lighting, china, tables, chairs, linens, set up and clean up, flatware, parking, shuttle service, centerpieces, and chair covers. This grand venue is ideal for the couple who wants a lavish wedding with all the amenities.

4700 Airport Plaza Drive, Long Beach, CA, Phone: 562-425-5210

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5.Queen Mary

Queen Mary
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For more than 70 years, the Queen Mary in the harbor of Long Beach has been performing wedding ceremonies from elopements lavish affairs with 750 guests. This iconic Southern California ship offers spectacular wedding ceremony and reception venues, including the the 9,000-square-foot Grand Salon, 4,600-square-foot Queen Salon, stern, sun deck, Gazebo, and the bow. The Queen Mary also offers a private Wedding Chapel that is sure to make any bride feel like a princess. The ship/hotel offers event planning to help guide the couple with decision making, set up and clean up, lighting, sound system, tables, chairs, and linens. This is an ideal venue for the couple who wants to feel like royalty.

1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA, Phone: 877-342-0742

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6.Rancho Los Cerritos

Rancho Los Cerritos
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Rancho Los Cerritos in Long Beach is a State and National Historic Landmark site that provides ceremonies for commitment, renewal of vows, and wedding ceremonies. Offering a garden, museum, and historic building, this 1844 adobe home sits on 4.7 acres of land in the Bixby Knolls community. The Monterey-style, two-story home’s furnishings reflect the era of the mid-nineteenth century. Rancho Los Cerritos also offers awe-inspiring views for photo opportunities in historic gardens. Services include rooms for the wedding party to prepare, set up and clean up, and parking. This venue is ideal for the couple planning a vintage, elegant, or classic wedding.

4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach, CA, Phone: 562-206-2040

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7.Recreation Park 18 Golf Course

Recreation Park 18 Golf Course
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Recreation Park 18 Golf Course is a WeddingWire Bride’s Choice award-winner, and a four-time WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winner. The popular venue situated on a golf course in Long Beach radiates Spanish-colonial charm in the clubhouse, and includes a garden walkway that spans 75-feet leading to a gazebo bordered by rosebushes. This all-inclusive venue provides an air-conditioned bridal party suite, a suite for groom’s party, set up and clean up, parking, and accessibility. It is an ideal setting for couples looking for a venue with Spanish architectural flair. Elegant, classic, or outdoor weddings would do well here.

5001 Deukmejian Drive, Long Beach, CA, Phone: 562-494-4424

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8.Renaissance Long Beach Hotel

Renaissance Long Beach Hotel
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The Renaissance Long Beach Hotel provides space for both indoor and outdoor weddings. This venue has onsite wedding planners who are qualified to plan ceremonies of all types, including military and ethnic weddings. The hotel has almost 22,000 square feet of event space to host everything from private, intimate weddings to grand, opulent weddings. They provide event coordinators who are onsite, set up and clean up, tables, chairs, linens, pre-wedding preparation rooms, flatware, china, lighting and sound, customized catering with servers and bartenders, signature drinks, house liquor, house wine, cake cutting service, and wedding cake. This idyllic venue is perfect for a dream wedding.

111 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA, Phone: 562-437-5900

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9.Scottish Rite Event Center

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Located just minutes from the airport, Civic Center, Queen Mary, and Long Beach coastline, the Scottish Rite Event Center is a designated Historical Landmark. This stately building features a spiraling marble staircase that is an ideal spot for glamorous wedding photos. It also features an 800-seat auditorium, arched entryways, ornately designed finishes, beautiful performance stage, baby grand piano, and state-of-the art sound system. The center provides tables, chairs, linens, chair covers, aisle runners, and a lounge for the bridal party. This venue is an ideal choice for the couple hosting a traditional wedding.

855 Elm Avenue, Long Beach, CA, Phone: 562-435-8381

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10.Skylinks at Long Beach Golf Course

Skylinks at Long Beach Golf Course
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Skylinks at Long Beach Golf Course is a five-time WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winner, and also the recipient of the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice award. One look around the spacious and verdant grounds makes it easy to understand its popularity among couples looking to tie the knot. The picturesque venue features rolling Bermuda fairways with luscious greens. A dramatic ceremonial waterfall lawn is an ideal spot for wedding photos. This all-inclusive venue offers services like set up and clean up, china, tables, chairs, linens, glassware, flatware, parking, and a pre-wedding suite for the bridal party. This venue is perfect for outdoor, casual, or timeless weddings.

4800 East Wardlow Road, Long Beach, CA, Phone: 562-421-3388

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11.Socal Beach Wedding

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Socal Beach Wedding offers wedding ceremony locations along the Pacific coast of Southern California. This mobile based operation focuses on beach weddings from Los Angeles to San Diego. The beaches in Long Beach are the most affordable choices on their list, since their main offices are located there. Lifeguard Headquarters, 72nd Place Lifeguard Station, Cherry Beach, and Hilltop Park, which sits atop Signal Hill and has an amazing view of the Ocean, are just a few of their venues. They’ll help couples choose the ideal location according to the size of the wedding from a two-person elopement to a 300-guest beach extravaganza.

3740 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA, Phone: 855-933-8697

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12.The Loft on Pine

The Loft on Pine
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This 15,000-square-foot venue was built in 1903, and sits in the heart of Long Beach’s historic downtown area. This chic urban space features beautiful columns, original brick walls, wood floors, and a vaulted ceiling with skylights. A grand chandelier adds a glamorous touch. The entire space encompasses four floors – the basement for the groom’s party, 1st floor restrooms and the Gallerie for post-ceremony cocktails during reception set up, 2nd floor Great Hall for the ceremony and reception, and the 3rd floor suite for the bridal party with a grand staircase leading to the Great Hall for the bride’s entrance. This venue has two built in bars, use of vintage furniture, chairs and tables. This a great venue for a vintage or traditional wedding.

230 Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA, Phone: 562-888-2303

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13.The Long Beach Wedding Center

The Long Beach Wedding Center
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Affordability and ease of use are descriptors of The Long Beach Wedding Center. This simple and unfussy setting is a great place to say “I Do’s” in beautiful downtown Long Beach. The small wedding chapel has features like Chiavari chairs for guests, and a decorated flower wall that serves as the backdrop for wedding photos. The Long Beach Wedding Center provides a marriage license and wedding ceremony both under one roof. Couples can officially become husband and wife in less than an hour. They also provide mobile services for couples preferring a wedding ceremony location that’s special to them.

968 East Broadway, Long Beach, CA, Phone: 562-472-2833

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14.The Modern

The Modern
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The Modern in Long Beach is a stunning loft space that is chic, pristine, and urban. This elegant venue provides couples with the opportunity to fly in on a private jet, have a momentous celebration, and fly out afterwards to their fairytale honeymoon destination. It’s located on the top floor of The Sky Harbor Hangar overlooking a private jet way. The gorgeous great hall features private elevator access, a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, a beautiful modern chandelier, and polished concrete floors. A mezzanine bridal suite overlooks The Great Hall. A custom-built wood and white quartz bar separates the Great Hall from the Lounge. This venue will appeal to jetsetters who relish luxury.

2801 East Spring Street, Long Beach, CA, Phone: 562-373-2801

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15.The Plaza at Cabrillo Marina

The Plaza at Cabrillo Marina
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The Plaza at Cabrillo Marina is located just outside Long Beach in San Pedro and offers indoor and outdoor venues for ceremonies and receptions. This venue is just minutes away from Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and Cabrillo Beach. The gorgeous property provides couples with a choice of an outdoor ceremony by the Fountain and Plaza Lawn, or an indoor ceremony in The Hall. Outdoor weddings can accommodate up to 250 guests, and the smaller indoor venue accommodates up to 120. Wedding services and amenities include parking, kitchen facilities, and round tables and chairs. This venue is great for couples planning casual or beach weddings.

2965 Via Cabrillo-Marina, San Pedro, CA, Phone: 310-732-2253

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16.The Reef Restaurant

The Reef Restaurant
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Located in Long Beach, The Reef Restaurant overlooks the ocean and offers breathtaking views of the skyline. This venue features an outdoor patio that has marina views, and an inside ballroom that has large pane windows, high ceilings, and more than enough room for a dance floor. The event coordinator is available to help guide couples in making their dream day a reality. The Reef Restaurant provides set up and clean up, chairs, linens, tables, flatware, china, glassware, Arch/Altar, chair covers, and onsite parking. This is an ideal venue for couples who long for an oceanfront wedding.

880 Harbor Scenic Drive, Long Beach, CA, Phone: 562-435-8013

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17.The Westin Long Beach

The Westin Long Beach
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The Westin Long Beach is an elegant wedding venue that catches the eye as soon as guests walk in. The ambience of the venue emerges through awe-inspiring columns, large pane windows allowing natural light, and fresh flower arrangements that brighten the lobby and foyer. They offer an array of services and amenities like a dance floor, tables, linens, chairs, public and valet parking, groom’s and bride’s dressing rooms, glassware, silverware, menu tasting, set up and clean up, and a complimentary suite for the newlyweds. The Westin Long Beach is ideal for the couple who wants a once-in-a lifetime wedding experience.

333 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA, Phone: 562-436-3000

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18.Hilton Long Beach Hotel

Hilton Long Beach Hotel
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The Hilton Long Beach Hotel offers exceptional service and modern spaces to host the wedding of a lifetime. Offering both reception and ceremony space in this nearly 10,000-square-foot property, the hotel provides couples with multiple choices for their big day. The venue has smaller event rooms for intimate weddings, and ballrooms for more extravagant affairs. Hilton Long Beach Hotel can provide outdoor ceremonies in their spacious courtyard as well. Service packages include set up and clean up, tables, linens, chairs, servers, and a shuttle service. This venue is ideal for the couple who wants a lavish wedding without the lavish price tag.

701 West Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA, Phone: 562-983-3400

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19.Betty Reckas Cultural Center

Betty Reckas Cultural Center
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The newly renovated Betty Reckas Cultural Center in Long Beach has both outdoor and indoor spaces for a wedding ceremony, and a beautiful ballroom for receptions. The foyer in the Banquet Hall has travertine tiles and a bar with glass shelves, granite countertop, mirrored back, and dark wood. The main Ballroom features a large fireplace, high ceilings, and a grand chandelier. Wedding service packages provided by the center include set up and clean up, rooms for the wedding party, chairs, linens, tables, parking and accessibility. This venue is ideal for the couple who wants a simple wedding.

5761 East Colorado Street, Long Beach, CA, Phone: 562-426-7059

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20.Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, CSULB

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, CSULB
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Located in a tranquil spot on the California State University Long Beach campus, the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden envelopes guests in a serene setting. This wedding venue combines Japanese traditions with Southern California landscape making it a perfect choice for both receptions and wedding ceremonies. Manicured gardens and expertly trimmed tall trees stretch for over an acre on this property offering both serenity and privacy. Weddings here come with a plethora of services like gift table, guest book table, bridal cabana, white garden resin chairs, staff to set up and clean up, and consultation with a wedding planner. This venue is ideal for the couple looking for a sophisticated, minimalist wedding.

Earl Warren Drive, Long Beach, CA, Phone: 562-985-8885

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21.Hyatt Regency Long Beach

Hyatt Regency Long Beach
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The Hyatt Regency Long Beach is an elegant hotel located near the Entertainment Center and the Long Beach Convention Center. This venue features over 30,000 square feet of space to hold that special reception or wedding ceremony. Beautiful water views and swaying palm trees surround the Rainbow Lagoon, which can seat up to 100 guests for an outdoor ceremony and reception. The Seaview Ballroom on the first floor accommodates 200 seated guests for an indoor dinner reception. Wedding cake, pre-wedding preparation rooms, event planner, sound/lighting, and set up and clean up are offered at this venue.

200 South Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA, Phone: 562-624-6102

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22.Virginia Country Club

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Virginia Country Club is one of Long Beach’s hidden treasures and plays host to some of the area’s most elaborate receptions and ceremonies. This venue is ideal for the couple who wants a sophisticated ceremony in an upscale environment. With five-event spaces available, two-outside venues and three on the inside, the country club is capable of making any type of ceremony possible. The Grove’s tranquil setting with its Southern California urban jungle appeal has unlimited space for both ceremony and reception. The Virginia Country Club has wedding coordinators and customizable wedding packages to help couples’ dreams come true when planning their memorable day.

4602 North Virginia Road, Long Beach, CA, Phone: 562-427-0924

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Attraction Spotlight: Los Cerritos Ranch House

Located in Long Beach, California, the Los Cerritos Ranch House aims to preserve the historic structure and its surrounding grounds while inspiring curiosity and understanding of the past, present, and future. Visitors can expect to find nothing less than a vibrant and well-preserved historic site with endless fun, educational, and unique activities.

History:

The land which currently houses the Los Cerritos Ranch House has a vast history dating back as far as 25,000 BC. The first inhabitants of the land were the early Native American tribes who settled in the region and established between 50-100 small villages throughout Los Angeles. Once the Spanish arrived, the tribes were forced to relocate and little is known about the tribes after that.

In 1784, Manual Nieto, received a large parcel of land consisting of 300,000 acres as a gift for his service in the Spanish military. Not only was the land a reward for his dedication but large pieces of land were given out frequently to encourage people to settle in California.

After years of living on the land, the acreage was divided into 6 smaller parcels, one of them became known as “Rancho Los Cerritos” or “Ranch of the Little Hills”. This piece of land was given to Nieto’s daughter, Manuela Cota and consisted of about 27,000 acres. Throughout the years, Manuela and her husband built two adobes, raised cattle and had 12 children.

The land as purchased by John Temple in 1843 and he constructed two more adobes and operated his large cattle farm there. He often used the home as a summer house and constructed a formal and lavish garden on the property. In the early 1860s, Temple’s cattle crop had dried up and he sold his property to Flint, Bixby & Company in 1866.

The brothers used the property to farm sheep successfully for many years, however, from 1890-1927, many tenants came and went quite rapidly and the property began to suffer from neglect. The town of Long Beach had been established nearby by 1884, and in 1930, the Virginia Country Club was built next door to the property.

In 1930, the Bixby family decided to put the property through extensive renovations and redesign the surrounding grounds. Eventually, the family sold the house and its remaining 4.7 acres to the City of Long Beach and in 1955, the museum was officially opened to the public.

Los Cerritos Ranch House:

The historic ranch house and its surrounding property features a large historic ranch house complete with historic furnishings and décor. The surrounding property is landscaped with gorgeous trees, plants, and flowers.

There is even a formal garden on the property which dates to the 1850’s. The garden is complete with landscaped hedges, flower beds organized throughout brick pathways, and even a greenhouse. Visitors can take an educational tour of the house and the gardens year-round with a costumed docent.

Special Events:

There is always something to do and see at the Los Cerritos Ranch House including lectures and special speakers, summer concerts, and family-friendly holiday fun. Be sure to check out the online calendar for more information about all upcoming events. Some annual event highlights include the following:

Victorian Tea: Each Spring, the Los Cerritos Ranch House hosts a traditional and charming Victorian tea service followed by a tour of the home by docents in period clothing.

Romances at the Rancho: Every Valentine’s Day, the Los Cerritos Ranch House hosts a candlelit walk around the property while enjoying costumed volunteers portraying Rancho residents. There will be a fabulous dessert including champagne and a site tour.

Education & Programs:

There are a variety of educational programs available at the Los Cerritos Ranch House including custom group tours, family fun activities, summer day camps for children and teens, and school tours and resources for educators.

The school tours allow students to interact with costumed docents and partake in day-to-da activities of the time. They will learn about the traditions, culture, and history of the generations who came before them and called Los Cerritos home.

Family programs include craft-making, where they can practice making crafts the old-fashioned way, the mud mania station, where they can learn about soil and adobe-making, as well as family tours and picnics.

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Los Cerritos Ranch House, 4600 Virginia Road Long Beach, CA, 90807, Phone: 562-206-2040

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Attraction Spotlight: Museum of Latin American Art

Located in Long Beach, California, the Museum of Latin American Art aims to increase knowledge and appreciation for contemporary and modern Latin American artwork. Visitors can expect an extensive permanent collection, unique exhibitions, high quality educational programs and entertaining cultural events.

History:

The Museum of Latin American Art, located in beautiful Long Beach, was founded in 1966 and is currently the one and only museum solely dedicated to contemporary and modern Latin American artwork in the country. The area that the museum is built on used to be a film studio for silent films and then a haven for skaters.

Since its initial founding, the Museum has more than doubled its size, adding in a sculpture garden and greatly expanding its permanent collection. Currently, it has established itself as a world-class destination for contemporary and modern Latin American Art.

Permanent Collection:

The ever-growing collection of the museum features a variety of works by hundreds of influencing and ground-breaking artists utilizing an array of mediums. Highlights of the permanent collection are on display in a special exhibit from June until September 2017.

Current Exhibitions:

En Visión: Picturing the Self: This exhibition is a collaboration between the Museum and Las Fotos Project, a community mentorship program that aims to educate and inspire young women through the artistic expression of photography. The exhibition highlights powerful photography by young women who want to share their stories and start an open dialogue. The exhibition will be on display from June through September 2017.

Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray: Frida Kahlo is one of the most influential and powerful artists to ever brave the world of contemporary and modern art. Despite her continuous struggles and painful life experiences, Kahlo produced so many beautiful and life-affirming pieces that have stood the test of time. This exhibition celebrates her courage, strength, and bold perspectives on life through 50 photographic portraits taken by her lover during the 1930’s and 40’s, Nickolas Muray. This exhibition will be on display from April through September 2017.

Luis Tapia: Cada mente es un mundo: This exhibition will feature only the works of New Mexican folk artist, Luis Tapia. His vibrant and complex wooden sculptures aim to evoke a political and social commentary. Subjects explored in works include religion, politics, daily life, and the environment. This solo exhibition has been traveling to numerous U.S. museums and has been called one of the most groundbreaking representations of Hispanic Artwork. This exhibition will be on display from June through September 2017.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago: This exhibition features works by a variety of artists whose focus was on the Caribbean. The exhibition features paintings, sculptures, photography, video, installation art, and performance pieces in an attempt to evoke an analytical look at the thematic continuities in artwork that features Caribbean islands. This exhibition will be on display from September 2017 until January 2018.

Upcoming Events:

There are a wide variety of events hosted year-round at the Museum, almost too many to count. For more information and registration options, visit the Museum’s online calendar. Some highlights from the calendar include a tribute to Juan Gabriel, the Long Beach Zine Festival, and event nights where the museum is filled with live Latin music.

Education and Programs:

There is a large variety of educational programs for visitors to choose from. From group tours to educational resources for teachers, the list goes on and on. There is also an annual summer and culture camp for children ages 6 to 12 years. Children will visit galleries, participate in art projects, and learn about the culture and history of Latin America. The camp sessions are held annually in July.

One of the highlights of the fantastic educational programs available is The Port to Learning Gallery. This gallery is new to the Museum and is committed to educating visitors about the central topics related to its mission and the Long Beach community. There are a variety of hands on events and exhibitions that provide local emerging artists the opportunity to showcase their work and learn more about their field.

Every Sunday at the Museum, families can get in for free thanks to Target. A huge variety of festivals, activities, live performance, and workshops are scheduled every Sunday.

The Museum also accepts exhibition ideas and pieces from local artists.

Additional Information:

Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802, Phone: 562-437-1689

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