Located in Long Beach, California, the Long Beach Museum of Art aims to collect, preserve, and display a wide variety of American and European works for future generations to enjoy. Visitors can expect to see unique exhibits, beautiful galleries, world-class educational programs, and many special events year-round.

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Founded in 1950, the Long Beach Museum of Art was originally a small municipal art center dedicated to the local community. In 1957, the museum began to rapidly expand its permanent collection of fine arts and ceramics, therefore it officially moved to into the historic Anderson House. The museum is currently located in the historic district of Long Beach and now resides in the historic Anderson House

The museum now houses a permanent collection of approximately 3,200 works spanning more than 300 years of European and American art is a variety of mediums. Collection highlights include sculptures by Falkenstein, decorative furniture by Ray and Charles Eames, and Modernist paintings from early 20th century artists like Kandinsky and Jawlensky, and of course, a vast collection of ceramics.

The museum has undergone vast expansions and changes throughout the years. In early 2000, the museum completed a vast restoration of the entire building and even added a new exhibition pavilion. The two-story pavilion was later named the Hartman Pavilion in 2015.

Currently, thousands of guests visit the museum year-round. There are a variety of educational programs, exciting events, and compelling exhibits for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

Permanent Exhibitions:

Ceramics: The museum’s permanent collection boasts a vast collection of ceramics encompassing more than 300 years of American and European history. The collection is on display at the museum’s restaurant – Claire’s. This exhibition is rotating and features more than 100 pieces donated by the Dornfelds family. The second floor features a collection of ceramics from the 20th century and contains pieces from around the world. It is not to be missed.

Current Exhibits:

Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic: This exhibit features the work of geometric abstraction master, Rafael Soriano. This exhibition displays approximately 100 of his drawings, paintings, and pastels from throughout his vast career. This exhibit is currently on display until October 1, 2017 and he museum is proud to proclaim that it is the only museum along the west coast to house this exhibition while it is on national tour.

Lun*na Menoh: A Ring Around the Collar: This exhibition features the multi-layered works on Japanese-born Los Angelse performance artist, Lun*na Menoh. Her work utilizes a variety of media to expose the interconnections between Haute Coutre and the visual arts. A brilliant combination of music, painting, sculpture, and fashion evokes a complex yet familiar array of emotions amongst viewers. This exhibition is currently on display until August 13th, 2017.


Art Auctions: The museum hosts an annual fundraising art auction, typically in the month of May. All proceeds from the auction go directly to supporting the vast variety of free educational programs at the museum. There will be an array of extraordinary works of art up for auction from some of Long Beach’s most up and coming artists. Tickets are available for sale online! This year’s event has already happened, but 2018 is already shaping up to be an art auction to remember!

Educational Programs:

There are a wide variety of educational programs and special events hosted year-round at the museum of art. Many of the programs, activities, and services are provided free of charge to members of the community. The museum simply wants to inspire life-long learning, self-expression, and creativity among Long Beach’s diverse communities for generations to come.

Specialized group tours and field trips can be reserved year-round, including one aimed solely at 5th-graders – KidsVisions. The program is free and features an interactive gallery tour, aligned lesson plans for teachers, and hands-on crafting activities. This program encourages discussion and free expression amongst the young and curious visitors.

There are also family artmaking workshops, museum studies programs, community learning programs, art workshops for adults, artist in residence programs, and artist talks and chats. For more information on this wide variety of programs, please visit the museum’s calendar.

Additional Information:

Long Beach Museum of Art, 2300 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90803, Phone: 562-439-2119

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