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Hammer Museum, Westwood Village

Los Angeles, California, USA


It's worth coming to the Hammer Museum because it's free, it is in a lovely part of LA that you can walk around after, the sunny courtyard is a nice public space with spinning chairs and tables for bagged lunches, and it has a small, good permanent collection. The third floor of the modern building is dedicated to its galleries, all of which are for temporary modern art exhibits except for one. The best gallery, in my opinion, is the one that houses the museum's permanent collection of late 19th century European art. A delight! There is even a Van Gogh!
The second level has a pretty, outdoor cafe in the courtyard. It's quite a clever design because it is sheltered from the wind and sunny. There are also chairs and tables where people come to eat a bagged lunch.
Also on the second level are some interesting chairs that kids like to sway on. Kids will also enjoy the ping pong table on the third floor.
After, walk around Westwood Village, with its beautiful architecture, and trendy cafes and coffee shops filled with students. At night it is even more magical because the trees are lit up.
If you have more energy, walk fifteen minutes more to the UCLA campus and check out its amazing buildings surrounding the quad called Dickson Court.

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The Hammer Museum is an attractive building.

Cafe, in the museum's courtyard.

Neon exhibit, between first and second level of museum.

Special exhibit of works by Jimmie Durham.

Rock that looks like petrified bacon, in Jimmie Durham special exhibit.

Looking down at the cafe from the third level balcony.

Kids playing ping pong on the third level balcony.

Sweet painting "Portrait of Miss Edith Crowe" by Henri Fantin-Latour.

The swaying chairs, and some tables and umbrellas.

A nice place to sit during lunch hour.

The third level balcony.


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Hammer Museum is located at 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90024, call (310) 443-7000. Parking is under the museum and costs $6 for three hours with validation. 
If you walk from Westwood Village, you enter on Lindbrook Dr.
Admission is free!
Open Tues-Fri 11-8, Sat and Sun 11-5. Closed Mondays, Jan 1, July 4, Thanksgiving (fourth Thurs in Nov), and Dec 25.
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