Business Spotlight: Long Beach Museum Of Art

The Long Beach Museum of Art is a bastion of culture, beauty, and inspiration for Los Angelinos and visitors alike looking for fun, educational and inspiring things to do in Long Beach.

History of the Long Beach Museum of Art

In 1950, the city of Long Beach founded the Long Beach Museum of Art (LBMA) as its municipal art center.

Since 1957, the Long Beach Museum of Art has been located in the historic Elizabeth Milbank Anderson House, built in 1911. In 1977, the American Association of Museums accredited the Museum, and, in 1986, the Long Beach Museum of Art Foundation took over the management of the Museum.

In 2000, the Museum finished a massive project that restored the historic residence and built a new exhibition pavilion two stories tall. Later, in 2015, the pavilion was newly dubbed the Hartman Pavilion.


The Long Beach Museum of Art houses both a rotating schedule of temporary exhibitions as well as a permanent collection.

Permanent Collections at the LBMA

The Museum’s permanent collection includes over 3,200 works across all types of media and spans 300 years of European and American art. It includes:

  • Ceramics by Beatrice Wood
  • Furniture by Charles and Ray Eames
  • Sculptures by Claire Falkenstein, George Rickney, and Peter Voulokos
  • Early 20th Century European Modernist paintings by Vasily Kandinsky, Alexej Jawlensky, and others from the Milton Wichner Collection
  • Contemporary painters such as Sherrie Wolf, Sandow Birk, and James Jean, whose works were recently added to the collection

Exhibitions at the LBMA

The Long Beach Museum of Art’s shifting exhibitions includes an eclectic variety of artists and kinds of art, such as:

  • Architecture for Dogs
  • The Artful Teapot: 20th Century Expressions from the Kamm Collection
  • Frank E. Cummings III: Jeweled Harmony in Wood
  • Masterworks: Defining a New Narrative
  • Vitality And Verve: Transforming The Urban Landscape

Arts Education at the LMBA

The Long Beach Museum of Art holds regular tours and workshops for visitors of all ages. In addition to regular public exhibition tours and art chats, past education events at the LBMA have included:

  • In Conversation: Alex Gardner and Kathy Grayson
  • Adult Workshop: Still Life with Oil Pastels
  • Artist Panel Discussion: Contemporary Narrative in Textile
  • Plein Air Workshop: Adam Harrison

The LBMA also has a Docent Program for those members of the community interested in leading tours or workshops.

Offerings for Children at the LBMA

Children are welcome at the Long Beach Museum of Art with a range of free and low-cost educational programs for kids and adults.

Fine Dining at the LBMA

On the LBMA’s gorgeously landscaped campus sites Claire’s at the Museum, with oceanfront dining and stunning views of Catalina Island and the Queen Mary while you enjoy an ever-changing brunch menu designed by esteemed Chef Michael Ryan.

Awards and Accolades for the LBMA

The Long Beach Museum of Art has been honored with several awards and accolades, including the Charity Navigator Four Star Charity rating and membership in the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Visit the LBMA

Visit the Long Beach Museum of Art at 2300 E Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, California, or call to plan your visit at (562) 439-2119.

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