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California African American Museum

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Address: 600 State Dr, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90037-1267
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+1 213-744-7432
10:00 - 17:00
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The California African American Museum explores the art, history, and...

The California African American Museum explores the art, history, and culture of African Americans, with an emphasis on California and the West. Located in Los Angeles' beautiful Exposition Park, CAAM features a range of dynamic, changing exhibitions and public programs for all ages and interest. Admission is free.

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Lovely Exhibition Space

I'd never been, so decided to traipse down to Exposition Park to visit this museum. The staff was lovely and greeted me so nicely as I entered. Only two galleries were open with... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2017
Nancy D
Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

I'd never been, so decided to traipse down to Exposition Park to visit this museum. The staff was lovely and greeted me so nicely as I entered. Only two galleries were open with two contemporary artist's work. I enjoyed checking them out. Nice high ceilings. Entrance is free, but parking is $12.00. On a nice day it is pleasant to... More 

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Seattle, WA
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

We made a special effort to take the time and visit the African American Museum. The structure is beautiful, however the exhibits were small and lacking. It would be beneficial to improve the exhibits to maintain this museum. It has the space to be wonderful. It was a disappointment and waste of our time to attend.

Thank kzecb40
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Reviewed 28 January 2017

There was 5 seperate exhibits on that we walked through. They were all very interesting and while we had thought the museum would offer more historical information what we found was thought provoking and inspiring. Note that there is no gift shop which was disappointing as some of the exhibits had pieces that if prints were available we would have... More 

Thank Juliet L
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 November 2016

We visited the CAAM specifically to see the Genevieve Gaignard exhibit. We were given a warm welcome and information brochures at the main desk. There was an informative guide who explained the exhibit and showed people around. Loved it! We also looked around the permanent exhibits and viewed the (chilling) "Politics, Race, and Propaganda: The Nazi Olympics" exhibit. This is... More 

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Los Angeles
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Reviewed 24 October 2016

I was in DC earlier this month and I was fortunate enough to be able to visit the National African American Museum of History and Culture. When I returned to L.A. that got me to thinking about CAAM, a museum I haven't visited in years. Much, much smaller in scope it is still well worth checking out. Admission is free... More 

Thank 492HappyTraveler
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

I expected something different, maybe a bit of history or something, but what I saw were exhibits by different, I believe California artists. The Artist's exhibits were really awesome and the cellphone interactive experience is a very nice touch. I would definitely recommend attending the exhibitions that are there currently and hope to see more when I get back out... More 

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Wahiawa, Hawaii
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Reviewed 23 March 2016

My family and I stopped by the Museum not knowing what to expect really. I found myself engulfed in the exhibits. The Evolution of Revolution and especially Overton Loyd's exhibit. I found myself examining each and everyone of his works of art. Simply amazing.

1 Thank Cassie P
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Reviewed 6 February 2016

I expected to like this museum & learn within it, but more happened. I was deeply moved by being here. Absolutely terrific.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 17 January 2016 via mobile

We headed to Expo Park for our museum day in L.A. This is a little boutique more a gallery then museum in the traditional sense of the word. There were 5 exhibitions, the most interesting range of material. We got to see the story of African Jewish people who move to Iran. We got to look at the history of... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 28 December 2015

Visiting this museum was a learning experience. I got plenty of information and it also inspired my creativity. My favorite part of the trip was going into the archives and reading old newspapers from the civil rights era. Interesting to see how much has changed and how much has remained the same.

1 Thank Essence M

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