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Raised Up By Mrs. Manly & Her L’s ($21.95)
Book Signing With Author Sandra Evers-Manly, Sunday 12/16 at 2:00 pm!
 

Written by Sandra Evers-Manly and illustrated by Wendell R. Wiggins, Raised Up By Mrs. Manly & Her L’s ($21.95), is an inspirational book that makes a wonderful gift for families, educators, school libraries, churches, neighbors, youth programs, and community organizations.

ALL PROCEEDS from the sale of this book through our Gift Shop will benefit MAAA. You can pre-pay for your book(s) online here if you plan to attend the book signing Sunday, December 16, 2018, at 2:00 pm. (Please see event details above.)

 
 


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      Skirball Cultural Center is one of The 15 Best History Museums in Los Angeles.

      1. Skirball Cultural Center

      8.9
      2701 N Sepulveda Blvd (off I-405 Exit 61), Los Angeles, CA
      History Museum · Brentwood · 25 tips and reviews

      Victor C. Victor Caballero: Schedule your concerts for next season. Eric Bibb’s is great. $10 for parking and free concert. Great venue and do the buffet which amazing.

      Andrew N. Andrew Nystrom: Coffee cart + cafe don’t open until 11 or 1130a – address your caffeine needs prior to arrival.

      Andrew N. Andrew Nystrom: Reserve Noah’s Ark tickets in advance online. You can visit the rest of the museum prior to your timeslot.

      Autry National Center is one of The 15 Best History Museums in Los Angeles.

      2. Autry National Center

      8.6
      4700 Western Heritage Way (at Zoo Dr), Los Angeles, CA
      History Museum · 37 tips and reviews

      Brian J. Brian JJ: The lawn south of the museum is great place for the kids to decompress after an afternoon at the Autry.

      Los Angeles Los Angeles: Stroll along displays of family altars, watch ceremonial performances by Aztec and folkloric dance groups, and shop for Day of the Dead trinkets and treats at a traditional Mexican mercado on Oct. 26.

      Vanity Fair Agenda Vanity Fair Agenda: This is the cultural institution to visit for cutting-edge exhibitions and great, family friendly programming for kids of all ages.

      Heritage Square Museum is one of The 15 Best History Museums in Los Angeles.

      3. Heritage Square Museum

      8.5
      3800 Homer St (Avenue 43), Los Angeles, CA
      History Museum · Montecito Heights · 13 tips and reviews

      Alexis Alexis: Beautiful homes with lots of history. On your way in or out stop by the fruit stand on the corner, delicious fruit cut with chilli and lime!

      Christie Christie: Going in the middle of the week will usually get you a private tour. Great place for Victorian geeks and L.A. history buffs.

      Los Angeles Los Angeles: A living history museum that explores the settlement and development of Southern California during its first 100 years of statehood.

      Dinosaur Hall is one of The 15 Best History Museums in Los Angeles.

      4. Dinosaur Hall

      8.6
      Natural History Museum of LA County (900 Exposition Blvd.), Los Angeles, CA
      History Museum · South LA · 4 tips and reviews

      Jimmy Z. Jimmy Zendejas: The giant whale on the way to the main entrance is amazing!!!

      Mitzi Y. Mitzi Y.: Don’t forget to check out the giant whale skeleton on your way back to the main entrance.

      Darryl Darryl: Best place to see a Dino bone

      Museum Row on Miracle Mile is one of The 15 Best History Museums in Los Angeles.

      5. Museum Row on Miracle Mile

      8.3
      Los Angeles, CA
      History Museum · Miracle Mile · 7 tips and reviews

      Terry S. Terry Stump: Iconic Landmarks Outside the Museums Include: "Levitated Mass," the street light installation, the largest section of the Berlin Wall outside of Berlin, and the Rodin Sculpture Garden among others.

      Terry S. Terry Stump: The large park which makes up most of Museum Row that isn’t a building or museum is called Hancock Park, not to be confused with a neighborhood of Los Angeles called Hancock Park further East.

      Terry S. Terry Stump: The area is from Fairfax on the West, a little East of Curson Ave on the East, 6th St on the North and 8th St on the South.

      California African American Museum is one of The 15 Best History Museums in Los Angeles.

      6. California African American Museum

      8.5
      600 State Dr, Los Angeles, CA
      History Museum · South LA · 15 tips and reviews

      Lily C. Lily Caraballo: The civil war collection they had was really enlightening. They also feature great artwork artists who greatly deserve the attention.

      BET BET: Treasures of African American art, history and culture in LA! Celebrate Black History by checking out amazing African American contributions: http://bet.us/BHM

      The Grio The Grio: This museum hosts specially mounted exhibitions curated through loans and its own collection. CAAM exhibitions travel throughout California and the nation.

      Valley Relics Museum is one of The 15 Best History Museums in Los Angeles.

      7. Valley Relics Museum

      8.4
      7900 Balboa Blvd (at Stagg), Van Nuys, CA
      History Museum · Chatsworth · 4 tips and reviews

      Offbeat L.A. Offbeat L.A.: Amazing museum full of San Fernando Valley relics.

      Valley Relics Museum Valley Relics Museum: We are open every Saturday from 10 AM – 3 PM. Admission and parking is free! Don’t forget to bring your camera and the family!

      Justin B. Justin Bonney: The must come to if you grew up and moved away or if you still live here. Treasure for the valley as We Know and remember

      Los Angeles Museum Of The Holocaust is one of The 15 Best History Museums in Los Angeles.

      8. Los Angeles Museum Of The Holocaust

      8.3
      100 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA
      History Museum · Mid-City West · 13 tips and reviews

      Artstuffmatters A. Artstuffmatters Artstuffmatters: Intense experience. Architecture is impressive – especially integration into landscape & sustainable roof.

      Stephanie H. Stephanie Houser: Attendance is free!

      Tracey M. Tracey Maken: Very moving museum. Gives a very early history of the Nazi party and follows through the end of the Second World War. So many first hand accounts and stories of survival.

      Lummis Home is one of The 15 Best History Museums in Los Angeles.

      9. Lummis Home

      7.9
      200 E Avenue 43, Los Angeles, CA
      History Museum · Arroyo Seco · 9 tips and reviews

      Emma G. Emma Goo: very cool, historical gem! the two docents hanging out- had fun knowledge to share. (like how old telephone poles were repurposed to support the roof’s structure)

      Los Angeles Los Angeles: Built entirely of stones from the Arroyo in the early 1900’s, Lummis Home is open to the public for tours Friday-Sunday, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

      L N. L N: Awesome piece of California history!

      Chinese American Museum is one of The 15 Best History Museums in Los Angeles.

      10. Chinese American Museum

      7.6
      425 N Los Angeles St (off Arcadia St.), Los Angeles, CA
      History Museum · Chinatown · 6 tips and reviews

      Meredith Meredith: A small but wonderful museum focusing on the Chinese American experience in Los Angeles. Thoughtfully curated with interesting stories and history.

      Wen Z. Wen Zheng: It’s OK … I think so…

      Romy S. Romy S: Very small, but interesting… It’s a good place to take elementary school kids because it is interactive.

      Southwest Museum Of The American Indian is one of The 15 Best History Museums in Los Angeles.

      11. Southwest Museum Of The American Indian

      7.4
      234 Museum Dr, Los Angeles, CA
      History Museum · Mount Washington · 4 tips and reviews

      Forrest Forrest: Beautiful architecture. Take a walk through the gardens.

      Los Angeles Los Angeles: Houses the second largest collection of Native American objects in the United States, and is widely regarded as one of the finest collections of its kind in the world.

      Nezer K. Nezer Khan: Try souvenir hunting. Traditional Indian Jewelry available…

      Walt Disney Barn Tour is one of The 15 Best History Museums in Los Angeles.

      12. Walt Disney Barn Tour

      7.1
      5202 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA
      History Museum · 4 tips and reviews

      Brett P. Brett Padelford: Interesting for Disney history buffs. Great volunteer staff.

      Lana A. Lana Allen: So worth the Sunday Trip with your kiddies!

      Dave T. Dave Tavres: Open the 3rd Sunday of every month from 11am to 3pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. http://www.WaltsBarn.com

      Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum is one of The 15 Best History Museums in Los Angeles.

      13. Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum

      6.8
      5202 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA
      History Museum · 5 tips and reviews

      Matt R. Matt Rosenberg: The wait was nearly 45 minutes on Sunday at noon but the ride is great fun and about 10 minutes long.

      Andrew N. Andrew Nystrom: $3 ‘suggested donation’ per ride on Sundays. Get here at 10a for shorter lines. Do it.

      Dora Dora: Hey, train lovers, on Sundays from 11am-3pm you can ride the model trains.Powered by ParentsConnect.com Read more.

      Petersen Automotive Museum is one of The 15 Best History Museums in Los Angeles.

      14. Petersen Automotive Museum

      9.3
      6060 Wilshire Blvd (at Fairfax Ave), Los Angeles, CA
      Museum · Miracle Mile · 84 tips and reviews

      Paul T. Paul T.: Cool exhibit of famous cars (Herbie, Little Miss Sunshine, and Walter White’s Aztec). Hear great things of the vault tour. The roof deck is an amazing experience at night.

      LA Weekly LA Weekly: Site of the 5th Annual LA Weekly Food & Wine Event, PLATE! Sample delicious dishes from the best LA restaurants amidst historic cars – including the Bat-Mobile, the DeLorean and the Love Bug! Read more.

      HISTORY HISTORY: Rapper Notorious B.I.G. was leaving the Soul Train Music Awards when he was gunned down in a drive-by shooting on March 9, 1997 at the red light at Wilshire and Fairfax.

      The Eames House (Case Study House #8) is one of The 15 Best History Museums in Los Angeles.

      15. The Eames House (Case Study House #8)

      9.2
      203 Chautauqua Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
      Historic Site · Pacific Palisades · 14 tips and reviews

      Monica T. Monica Trajano: Inspiring architecture and grounds. Very well kept home; staff is accommodating, knowledgeable and pleasant.

      The Standard The Standard: Original home and studio of Charles and Ray Eames

      Kayvon T. Kayvon Tehranian: Declared a National Historic Landmark on 9/20/2006

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      600 State Dr
      Los Angeles, CA 90037


      (213) 744-7432

      A small museum but has great CA gospel roots history, they also feature different exhibits (I’m assuming).

      It’s a free and great way to view African Americans migration to CA.

      Not to be missed…

      This was a nice museum with several different exhibits. I enjoyed the gospel exhibit the most because it had videos, audios, photographs, etc. The exhibit with the topography/recycled paintings was really cool too.

      Overall, nice museum – and free!

      Loved it…hoping for more exhibits and things to purchase for showing off that you actually visited the museum but overall I can’t wait until there’s more background stories displayed.

      Great contemporary museum! Loved the welcome, the space and the galleries.

      Admission was FREE and they weren’t even taking donations (which was a bummer because we wanted to support the museum).

      The black feminism pieces were beautiful and I loved the paintings and portraits- discovered some new artists here that I had never heard of. We also really enjoyed the exhibit on Chinese immigrants in Trinidad and how they influenced the art scene.

      Although admission is free, only viable parking is in a lot and $12 (cash only!). If we weren’t in a hurry we would have tried to find street parking and walked over instead. We got through the entire museum in a little over an hour. Definitely worth a visit when in LA!

      Small rotating museum. Staff is friendly and Non aggressive. It’s free. It can take you 10 minutes or two hours to visit the 4-5 different exhibits. It’s all depending on what you take from it.

      My granddaughter loves stopping in here on out way to the Science Museum and Natural History Museum.

      I’m glad I can expose her to different cultures at such a young age and that she enjoys it!

      Her favorite to date is the hair weave art and the little house with a heart in the entrance.

      Extraordinary exhibit of the African American life in California. Beautiful exhibits of visual, video and audio. Though the galleries are small they still have quite a bit to see, learn and experience.

      History.. history. Never enough.
      Information on the start of gospel music and the beginning of African American churches.
      Different art from the area and a room on surviving on the streets, packing and carry garments of meaning and a donation center
      Another room with use of a projector describing social issues within the African American culture.
      Ohh and it’s free, learn something besides fake news

      My visit to the California African American museum was surely a pleasant and insightful visit. I love every second of it.

      First of all, entry is free and it’s located right next to the science center. The staff is very welcoming and helpful and the museum is full of space and well lit. Each room has a different exhibit and some are even interactive. From portraits, paintings sculptures, videos and music you’re really sucked into the history and the beauty of African American history. I like how the exhibits change every so often. It’s a really cool experience.

      UNNNghhhh! With yo’ bad self!

      SAY IT LOUD: I’M BLACK AND I’M PROUD!

      Some people say we’ve got a lot of malice,…. Some say it’s a lot of nerve –

      But I say we won’t quit moving until we get what we deserve!

      We have been bucked …..and we have been scorned.

      We have been treated bad, …..talked about as just bones.

      But just as it takes two eyes to make a pair, haaa!,
      …..Brother we can’t quit until we get our share –

      SAY IT LOUD: I’M BLACK AND I’M PROUD!

      One more time!

      SAY IT LOUD: I’M BLACK AND I’M PROUD!!!!!!
      _____________

      In the day and age of the “Black Lives Matter” Movement, words from the late but great James Brown resonate all the more close to home when referencing Los Angeles’s – African American Museum (not to be confused with the Museum of Tolerance).

      Frankly,…… I’d seriously like to view the arising of an “All Lives Matter” Movement, but I suppose that’s neither here nor there.

      Vaulting on State Street adjacent the Science Center within “Exposition Park” – a stone’s throw from USC, while the venue itself affords a plethora of parking for $12 or so, my humble recommendation is ditching your wheels on Flower Street a block or so away, as the museum within it’s entirety can be viewed in less than 45 minutes.

      While I’ve stopped here within the past, my friends and I had the pleasure of doing so again just yesterday and as always, I’m nonetheless taken aback.

      Taken aback ….by the very fact that gems like this – rest within our very back yard(s) and are readily accessible to provide a beacon of “culture”, “education” and “flare” to those simply motivated enough to perform a Yelp search OR ……get their butts off of the couch!

      #GET-UP-OFFA’-THAT-THANG’!

      Providing seasonal exhibits, sculptures and noteworthy artwork this 44K square foot building encompassing 3 galleries is open to the public for “FREE NINETY NINE”; this season’s theme focusing on the LA Riots and/or how this great city of ours has somehow managed to progress thereafter.

      We lucked out at the time of our visit.

      In addition to conversing for no less than an hour with Denise, the museum’s wise beyond years librarian – we were not only made aware of the library’s encompassing well over 20K books dating back centuries, but more so, of the fact that within the next few weeks, a “Sunday Book Club” will commence within the early afternoon.

      Ugh oh!!!

      Look out Oprah!

      Of course, I signed up. I mean,….. I’ve gotta promote my Yelp reviews somehow, right?

      (…….. joking)

      #Living-In-America!

      The perfect cherry on top of our Sunday sundae was our having joined in on a multicultural rally held by young activist, original “Black Lives Matter” member and soon-to-be doctor Shamell Bell (whose barely 23 years of age), whereas visitors of different races, sex, age and creeds communed to participate in an “Anti-Hate” rally while doing interpretive dances (#teach-me-how-to-dougie) to better fight for freedom and against hate.

      * One gentleman even drove up from Laguna simply to escape the drama going on within OC.

      This ENTIRE experience was not only uplifting but unheard of and for what it’s worth, Kenny G. DOES NOT DANCE!!!

      #Cold-Sweat

      Sure, we all exited, …….. funky, sweaty, certifiably hot messes but darned if music and dance don’t continue to unite people in a method unparalleled.

      (sighs…) There’s nothing like the wavy eyebrows derived by way of melted hair gel.

      In summary, you’d be crazy not to add this place to your list of Bookmarks, Yelp. PERFECT for adults as well as anklebiters…..

      #Please-Please-PleaZZZZe!

      #Try-Me!

      This ^ was a WONDERFUL occasion within a duly WONDERFUL setting, all geared towards proving my lifelong theory to be correct:

      That theory being that, it’s not just “A Man’s World” any longer James ……AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY is EVERYONE’S HISTORY and as always, “I got you”!

      I visited and loved reading and visiting each exhibit. I leaned so much. The personal at the desk were very friendly and helpful. There are so many events and stories in history that are not written in textbooks.

      Came here last night for the Cant Stop Won’t Stop Event. This event was a blast. As soon as you walk up there were lights and music playing very inviting. They had four food trucks Harold and Belles, BurgerBoyz, Comfort and TheGrille? This particular art exhibit dealt with Chinese Caribbean and African American Art……They were also informing of a soon to come exhibit on African American women in hip hop I’ll be looking forward to that…..The exhibits were colorful and unique.

      There were about four or five different exhibits on display, including one which made up the entire rear lobby wall. Each exhibit was unique. I loved the “Charting the Terrain” exhibit for its display of bold textures. You wanted to run your finger over each painting, while refraining. I was pleased to meet Kevin Burkhardt of the Burkhardt Collection and one of the curators of the “How Sweet the Sound” exhibit. Not only is he in possession of several items which are connected to several historical figures, but he has had the pleasure of knowing some of them as well. I thank him for his time and contributions.

      I had the privilege of attending an open panel discussion recently hosted by CAAMA. The event was entitled “A Historical Perspective on Silent Films.” It was quite informative and enlightening. Prior to the start of the event, a few friends and I explored the exhibits which were nothing short of amazing. I will soon be returning for another event and look forward to many more trips to the CAAMA. The building is beautiful and it contains so much knowledge. The exhibits are constantly rotating and is definitely gem filled. I have seen some of the most beautiful and breath taking art work within the walls of the CAAMA. The staff is absolutely amazing and so nice and helpful. I encourage all to come check it out especially African Americans.

      Alright so let me add a little extra to my review now that I have been to CAAM a dozen plus times. I absolutely love making visits to CAAM. They have some of the best exhibits and screenings. The Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop events are my favorite. I look forward to the opening of new exhibits and the party atmosphere in addition to the food trucks. If you also enjoy Comfort LA, they typically have their food truck on site for the event.

      CAAM never lets me down. Stop missing all the fun and check out their upcoming events and plan a trip. You will not be disappointed.

      I was here on a Saturday for the Consolidated Board of Realtists annual Installation Banquet , it was Gorgeous facility decorations were fabulous,
      the caterer was great, the Realtist that serve Los Angeles were really Proud and Happy to have there event at this Historic site, very convenient, and a Happy event.

      Not much to see.. I honestly wish they offered more exhibitions or historical content. A bunch of it was music, or paintings made by modern African American painters.

      The California African American Museum is a marvelous free museum in Exposition Park, right by the California Science Center. It was founded in 1977, and has been in its current home since 1984. It was apparently the first museum of African American art, history, and culture fully supported by a state, a direct result of years of community activism. Well worth a visit if you’re traveling through Los Angeles; worth several visits if you happen to live here.

      I’m an L.A. native but am always somehow the last to know about cool shit like museums that have existed since before my birth. I visited the CAAM for the first time this March, for one of their numerous evening programs. It was an event called Black Girls Matter, a panel discussion on the 1991 murder of Latasha Harlins and the role of black girls and women in the black community and the social justice movement. The program was excellent, with interesting panelists speaking on both the Latasha Harlins murder and its reverberations in present day. It was also very well attended, with the audience taking over the large central lobby space in rows of folding chairs. The CAAM does a lot of events, both during and after opening hours. In the next month alone, there’s a movie screening, a lecture/book signing, and opening receptions for an upcoming exhibit. Worth signing up for their mailing list, as they always have stuff going on. (Side note: If you watch Insecure, Issa and friends go to CAAM for one of these receptions.)

      Of course, if you’d like to see all the museum has to offer, it’s best to come during opening hours. I went with Matt B. and our friends Mari and Gary L-S. last month, to catch the No Justice, No Peace: LA 1992 exhibit before it wrapped at the end of August. We drove, intending to save time, but if you have reasonable access to public transit, that’s definitely the way to go. The Expo Line comes right here, and the parking situation is supremely annoying. It costs $12, and it’s cash only. We had $9 in cash, and getting that last $3 delayed us about half an hour.

      It was all worth it, though, especially with the free admission, which guarantees that anyone can walk in and appreciate the CAAM’s brilliantly curated exhibits. I was particularly interested in the No Justice, No Peace exhibit (I’m a Korean-American L.A. native, so the ’92 Uprising is prominent in my understanding of the city), but I was also excited about the Face to Face: Los Angeles Collects Portraiture exhibit. Both of these were fantastic, and they balanced each other out a bit. The LA 1992 exhibit was heavy on history, sobering and informative, while the portraiture was joyful and visually stimulating, offering the satisfactions of a visit to an art museum. The CAAM isn’t huge, so we were able to go through the whole museum in about an hour and a half, and I enjoyed the other exhibits, too. Trouble Every Day: LA 1965/1992 was a sort of companion piece to No Justice, No Peace (also since ended, unfortunately), a mock-up of an early ’90s bedroom surrounded by a mural of police in riot gear. Going back a number of decades, there was Center Stage: African American Women in Silent Race Films, a screening room devoted to extremely rare old silent movies starring black women actors. There was also Intersections: Caribbean and Brazilian Art from the Permanent Collection, a fascinating look at art from the African diaspora.

      Some of these exhibits are still running, and I’d suggest catching them if you can, the portraiture one in particular. I never get to museums as often as I should, but I’m keeping an eye on upcoming exhibits at the CAAM. It’s a wonderful place that celebrates black artistry, culture, and history, a major asset to L.A.

      I went for a KCRW event and it was such a small but powerful experience. They had really interesting exhibits about the African American Experience in LA over the decades.

      Great museum w/ a contemporary, post modern touch that is well designed & somehow feels luxurious in a minimalist fashion. The front foyer was impress, vast & large w/ walls & floor showing of giant pieces of art. It felt like a great cathedral to the glories & triumph of art w/ the reception desk centered like some table of worship. An appropriate object there would have been a statue of an African Aphrodite & Apollo.

      We could only visit 3 of their rather large rooms & had to miss the more purely historical section due to time restraints, but I was impressed w/ the quality & variety of art produced by talented, creative African Americans.

      Some of the art pieces show the African American social struggle past & present to counter racism & classism, others honor people, music, poetry, writing, history, inventions of, by, & possibly initially for African Americans.

      Of course, many African American innovations were copied by non-blacks through cultural diffusion. A good example would be Elvis Presley from the Delta area copying African American musical styles. Good things generally leak out & flow throughout the world no matter who invents it.

      The rooms are intelligently organized so that there is a nice thematic approach when viewing the various objets d’art. When we entered the room featuring over 40 contemporary African American Artists, a genial man w/ a charming Gallic/French accent magically appeared & took us around the room pointing out his favorite objects in the room & giving us his explanations & interpretations. It was like having a personal docent tour by a most knowledgeable, enthusiastic guide.

      He proudly pointed out a “cannon” made of a crutch on wheels & perhaps a cannonball or a globe surrounded by a wire halo, and said that it was his art piece. His name is KARL PÉTION, & he also happens to work at the museum. Come to the African American Museum to see his rather whimsical looking, but rather dark view of weapons of war. .

      Perhaps he is a practitioner of a form of benevolent Voodoo since he seems like a friendly, happy apparition. Maybe he will appear magically for you. In order to carry on the theme of African American, we went to Chef Kim’s Soul Food Kitchen on Crenshaw near 30th Street to have some tasty Friday Gumbo to put into our famished stomachs.

      4 Yelp stars for the Museum, but Mr. Pétion’s willingness to go out of his way & present us w/ his unique hospitality is a gift that I will remember of the California African American Museum for a long, long time.

      Monsieur Pétion, Merci Beaucoup pour votre bonté et hospitalité. Bon Chance avec votre entreprise.

      I came here on MLK Day to celebrate…while the artwork was okay, I honestly was not impressed at all. I expected a lot more from this museum and a lot of the artwork and exhibits featured white people lol. My friend and I were very confused by all this and unfortunately I would not take family and friends here for a visit.

      Friendly staff very interesting exhibits. Free entry and live performance when I went.

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      • Eneka C.

        “There were about four or five different exhibits on display, including one which made up the entire rear lobby wall.” in 4 reviews

      • Keith H.

        “The only minor downside was that there was no gift shop in order to commemorate the experience; however, this museum is definitely worth visiting !” in 2 reviews

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        “I think this is a place you should take your family to learn the real story about Black History .” in 3 reviews

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      • B G.

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        7/16/2018


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        A small museum but has great CA gospel roots history, they also feature different exhibits (I’m assuming).

        It’s a free and great way to view African Americans migration to CA.

        Not to be missed…

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        5/27/2018

        This was a nice museum with several different exhibits. I enjoyed the gospel exhibit the most because it had videos, audios, photographs, etc. The exhibit with the topography/recycled paintings was really cool too.

        Overall, nice museum – and free!

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        10/17/2018

        Loved it…hoping for more exhibits and things to purchase for showing off that you actually visited the museum but overall I can’t wait until there’s more background stories displayed.

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        1/17/2018

        Great contemporary museum! Loved the welcome, the space and the galleries.

        Admission was FREE and they weren’t even taking donations (which was a bummer because we wanted to support the museum).

        The black feminism pieces were beautiful and I loved the paintings and portraits- discovered some new artists here that I had never heard of. We also really enjoyed the exhibit on Chinese immigrants in Trinidad and how they influenced the art scene.

        Although admission is free, only viable parking is in a lot and $12 (cash only!). If we weren’t in a hurry we would have tried to find street parking and walked over instead. We got through the entire museum in a little over an hour. Definitely worth a visit when in LA!

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        11/11/2017


        • 5 check-ins

        Small rotating museum. Staff is friendly and Non aggressive.  It’s free. It can take you 10 minutes or two hours to visit the 4-5 different exhibits. It’s all depending on what you take from it.  

        My granddaughter loves stopping in here on out way to the Science Museum and Natural History Museum.

        I’m glad I can expose her to different cultures at such a young age and that she enjoys it!

        Her favorite to date is the hair weave art and the little house with a heart in the entrance.

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        4/5/2018


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        Extraordinary exhibit of the African American life in California. Beautiful exhibits of visual, video and audio. Though the galleries are small they still have quite a bit to see, learn and experience.

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        5/1/2018


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        History.. history.  Never enough.
        Information on the start of gospel music and the beginning of African American churches.
        Different art from the area and a room on surviving on the streets, packing and carry garments of meaning and a donation center
        Another room with use of a projector describing social issues within the African American culture.
        Ohh and it’s free,  learn something besides fake news

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        8/3/2017

        My visit to the California African American museum was surely a pleasant and insightful visit. I love every second of it.

        First of all, entry is free and it’s located right next to the science center. The staff is very welcoming and helpful and the museum is full of space and well lit. Each room has a different exhibit and some are even interactive. From portraits, paintings sculptures, videos and music you’re really sucked into the history and the beauty of African American history. I like how the exhibits change every so often. It’s a really cool experience.

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          My favorite part of the visit. It was really cool to see what others wrote as well as share my thoughts.

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        8/21/2017


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        UNNNghhhh! With yo’ bad self!

        SAY IT LOUD: I’M BLACK AND I’M PROUD!

        Some people say we’ve got a lot of malice,…. Some say it’s a lot of nerve –

        But I say we won’t quit moving until we get what we deserve!

        We have been bucked …..and we have been scorned.

        We have been treated bad, …..talked about as just bones.

        But just as it takes two eyes to make a pair, haaa!,
        …..Brother we can’t quit until we get our share –

        SAY IT LOUD: I’M BLACK AND I’M PROUD!

        One more time!

        SAY IT LOUD: I’M BLACK AND I’M PROUD!!!!!!
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        In the day and age of the “Black Lives Matter” Movement, words from the late but great James Brown resonate all the more close to home when referencing Los Angeles’s – African American Museum (not to be confused with the Museum of Tolerance).

        Frankly,…… I’d seriously like to view the arising of an “All Lives Matter” Movement, but I suppose that’s neither here nor there.

        Vaulting on State Street adjacent the Science Center within “Exposition Park” – a stone’s throw from USC, while the venue itself affords a plethora of parking for $12 or so, my humble recommendation is ditching your wheels on Flower Street a block or so away, as the museum within it’s entirety can be viewed in less than 45 minutes.

        While I’ve stopped here within the past, my friends and I had the pleasure of doing so again just yesterday and as always, I’m nonetheless taken aback.

        Taken aback ….by the very fact that gems like this – rest within our very back yard(s) and are readily accessible to provide a beacon of “culture”, “education” and “flare” to those simply motivated enough to perform a Yelp search OR ……get their butts off of the couch!

        #GET-UP-OFFA’-THAT-THANG’!

        Providing seasonal exhibits, sculptures and noteworthy artwork this 44K square foot building encompassing 3 galleries is open to the public for “FREE NINETY NINE”; this season’s theme focusing on the LA Riots and/or how this great city of ours has somehow managed to progress thereafter.

        We lucked out at the time of our visit.

        In addition to conversing for no less than an hour with Denise, the museum’s wise beyond years librarian – we were not only made aware of the library’s encompassing well over 20K books dating back centuries, but more so, of the fact that within the next few weeks, a “Sunday Book Club” will commence within the early afternoon.

        Ugh oh!!!

        Look out Oprah!

        Of course, I signed up. I mean,….. I’ve gotta promote my Yelp reviews somehow, right?

        (…….. joking)

        #Living-In-America!

        The perfect cherry on top of our Sunday sundae was our having joined in on a multicultural rally held by young activist, original “Black Lives Matter” member and soon-to-be doctor Shamell Bell (whose barely 23 years of age), whereas visitors of different races, sex, age and creeds communed to participate in an “Anti-Hate” rally while doing interpretive dances (#teach-me-how-to-dougie) to better fight for freedom and against hate.

        * One gentleman even drove up from Laguna simply to escape the drama going on within OC.

        This ENTIRE experience was not only uplifting but unheard of and for what it’s worth, Kenny G. DOES NOT DANCE!!!

        #Cold-Sweat

        Sure, we all exited, …….. funky, sweaty, certifiably hot messes but darned if music and dance don’t continue to unite people in a method unparalleled.

        (sighs…) There’s nothing like the wavy eyebrows derived by way of melted hair gel.

        In summary, you’d be crazy not to add this place to your list of Bookmarks, Yelp. PERFECT for adults as well as anklebiters…..

        #Please-Please-PleaZZZZe!

        #Try-Me!

        This ^ was a WONDERFUL occasion within a duly WONDERFUL setting, all geared towards proving my lifelong theory to be correct:

        That theory being that, it’s not just “A Man’s World” any longer James ……AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY is EVERYONE’S HISTORY and as always, “I got you”!

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        5/22/2018

        I visited and loved reading and visiting each exhibit. I leaned so much. The personal at the desk were very friendly and helpful. There are so many events and stories in history that are not written in textbooks.

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        10/26/2017


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        Came here last night for the Cant Stop Won’t Stop Event. This event was a blast. As soon as you walk up there were lights and music playing very inviting. They had four food trucks Harold and Belles, BurgerBoyz, Comfort and TheGrille? This particular art exhibit dealt with Chinese Caribbean and African American Art……They were also informing of a soon to come exhibit on African American women in hip hop I’ll be looking forward to that…..The exhibits were colorful and unique.

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        4/24/2018

        There were about four or five different exhibits on display, including one which made up the entire rear lobby wall. Each exhibit was unique. I loved the “Charting the Terrain” exhibit for its display of bold textures. You wanted to run your finger over each painting, while refraining. I was pleased to meet Kevin Burkhardt of the Burkhardt Collection and one of the curators of the “How Sweet the Sound” exhibit. Not only is he in possession of several items which are connected to several historical figures, but he has had the pleasure of knowing some of them as well. I thank him for his time and contributions.

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        9/21/2017


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        I had the privilege of attending an open panel discussion recently hosted by CAAMA. The event was entitled “A Historical Perspective on Silent Films.” It was quite informative and enlightening. Prior to the start of the event, a few friends and I explored the exhibits which were nothing short of amazing. I will soon be returning for another event and look forward to many more trips to the CAAMA. The building is beautiful and it contains so much knowledge. The exhibits are constantly rotating and is definitely gem filled. I have seen some of the most beautiful and breath taking art work within the walls of the CAAMA. The staff is absolutely amazing and so nice and helpful. I encourage all to come check it out especially African Americans.

        Alright so let me add a little extra to my review now that I have been to CAAM a dozen plus times. I absolutely love  making visits to CAAM. They have some of the best exhibits and screenings. The Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop events are my favorite. I look forward to the opening of new exhibits and the party atmosphere in addition to the food trucks. If you also enjoy Comfort LA, they typically have their food truck on site for the event.

        CAAM never lets me down. Stop missing all the fun and check out their upcoming events and plan a trip. You will not be disappointed.

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        2/21/2018

        I was here on a Saturday for the Consolidated Board of Realtists annual Installation Banquet , it was Gorgeous facility decorations were fabulous,
        the caterer was great, the Realtist that serve Los Angeles were really Proud and Happy to have there event at this Historic site, very convenient, and a Happy event.

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        6/4/2018

        Not much to see.. I honestly wish they offered more exhibitions or historical content. A bunch of it was music, or paintings made by modern African American painters.

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        9/12/2017

        The California African American Museum is a marvelous free museum in Exposition Park, right by the California Science Center. It was founded in 1977, and has been in its current home since 1984. It was apparently the first museum of African American art, history, and culture fully supported by a state, a direct result of years of community activism. Well worth a visit if you’re traveling through Los Angeles; worth several visits if you happen to live here.

        I’m an L.A. native but am always somehow the last to know about cool shit like museums that have existed since before my birth. I visited the CAAM for the first time this March, for one of their numerous evening programs. It was an event called Black Girls Matter, a panel discussion on the 1991 murder of Latasha Harlins and the role of black girls and women in the black community and the social justice movement. The program was excellent, with interesting panelists speaking on both the Latasha Harlins murder and its reverberations in present day. It was also very well attended, with the audience taking over the large central lobby space in rows of folding chairs. The CAAM does a lot of events, both during and after opening hours. In the next month alone, there’s a movie screening, a lecture/book signing, and opening receptions for an upcoming exhibit. Worth signing up for their mailing list, as they always have stuff going on. (Side note: If you watch Insecure, Issa and friends go to CAAM for one of these receptions.)

        Of course, if you’d like to see all the museum has to offer, it’s best to come during opening hours. I went with Matt B. and our friends Mari and Gary L-S. last month, to catch the No Justice, No Peace: LA 1992 exhibit before it wrapped at the end of August. We drove, intending to save time, but if you have reasonable access to public transit, that’s definitely the way to go. The Expo Line comes right here, and the parking situation is supremely annoying. It costs $12, and it’s cash only. We had $9 in cash, and getting that last $3 delayed us about half an hour.

        It was all worth it, though, especially with the free admission, which guarantees that anyone can walk in and appreciate the CAAM’s brilliantly curated exhibits. I was particularly interested in the No Justice, No Peace exhibit (I’m a Korean-American L.A. native, so the ’92 Uprising is prominent in my understanding of the city), but I was also excited about the Face to Face: Los Angeles Collects Portraiture exhibit. Both of these were fantastic, and they balanced each other out a bit. The LA 1992 exhibit was heavy on history, sobering and informative, while the portraiture was joyful and visually stimulating, offering the satisfactions of a visit to an art museum. The CAAM isn’t huge, so we were able to go through the whole museum in about an hour and a half, and I enjoyed the other exhibits, too. Trouble Every Day: LA 1965/1992 was a sort of companion piece to No Justice, No Peace (also since ended, unfortunately), a mock-up of an early ’90s bedroom surrounded by a mural of police in riot gear. Going back a number of decades, there was Center Stage: African American Women in Silent Race Films, a screening room devoted to extremely rare old silent movies starring black women actors. There was also Intersections: Caribbean and Brazilian Art from the Permanent Collection, a fascinating look at art from the African diaspora.

        Some of these exhibits are still running, and I’d suggest catching them if you can, the portraiture one in particular. I never get to museums as often as I should, but I’m keeping an eye on upcoming exhibits at the CAAM. It’s a wonderful place that celebrates black artistry, culture, and history, a major asset to L.A.

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        I went for a KCRW event and it was such a small but powerful experience. They had really interesting exhibits about the African American Experience in LA over the decades.

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        3/26/2016

        Great museum w/ a contemporary, post modern touch that is well designed & somehow feels luxurious in a minimalist fashion.  The front foyer was impress, vast & large w/ walls & floor showing of giant pieces of art.  It felt like a great cathedral to the glories & triumph of art w/ the reception desk centered like some table of worship.  An appropriate object there would have been a statue of an African Aphrodite & Apollo.

        We could only visit 3 of their rather large rooms & had to miss the more purely historical section due to time restraints, but I was impressed w/ the quality & variety of art produced by talented, creative African Americans.  

        Some of the art pieces show the African American social struggle past & present to counter racism & classism, others honor people, music, poetry, writing, history, inventions of, by, & possibly initially for African Americans.  

        Of course, many African American innovations were copied by non-blacks through cultural diffusion.  A good example would be Elvis Presley from the Delta area copying African American musical styles.  Good things generally leak out & flow throughout the world no matter who invents it.  

        The rooms are intelligently organized so that there is a nice thematic approach when viewing the various objets d’art.  When we entered the room featuring over 40 contemporary African American Artists, a genial man w/ a charming Gallic/French accent magically appeared & took us around the room pointing out his favorite objects in the room & giving us his explanations & interpretations. It was like having a personal docent tour by a most knowledgeable, enthusiastic guide.  

        He proudly pointed out a “cannon” made of a crutch on wheels & perhaps a cannonball or a globe surrounded by a wire halo, and said that it was his art piece.  His name is KARL PÉTION, & he also happens to work at the museum.  Come to the African American Museum to see his rather whimsical looking, but rather dark view of weapons of war. .  

        Perhaps he is a practitioner of a form of benevolent Voodoo since he seems like a friendly, happy apparition. Maybe he will appear magically for you.  In order to carry on the theme of African American, we went to Chef Kim’s Soul Food Kitchen on Crenshaw near 30th Street to have some tasty Friday Gumbo to put into our famished stomachs.

        4 Yelp stars for the Museum, but Mr. Pétion’s willingness to go out of his way & present us w/ his unique hospitality is a gift that I will remember of the California African American Museum for a long, long time.  

        Monsieur Pétion, Merci Beaucoup pour votre bonté et hospitalité.  Bon Chance avec votre entreprise.

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        2/1/2017

        I came here on MLK Day to celebrate…while the artwork was okay, I honestly was not impressed at all. I expected a lot more from this museum and a lot of the artwork and exhibits featured white people lol. My friend and I were very confused by all this and unfortunately I would not take family and friends here for a visit.

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        4/16/2018

        Friendly staff very interesting exhibits. Free entry and live performance when I went.

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      Explore the art, history, and culture of African Americans-with an emphasis on California and the West–at the California African American Museum (CAAM). Five spacious galleries offer a wide range of exhibitions, featuring dynamic works by some of America’s most acclaimed visual artists, insightful examinations of important figures and historic moments, and contemporary works by local artists who are integral to Los Angeles’ vibrant cultural landscape of today.

      Located in Los Angeles’ beautiful Exposition Park, CAAM houses a permanent collection of more than four thousand works of art, artifacts, and historical documents, and a publicly accessible research library containing more than twenty thousand volumes. Performances, conversations, art workshops, film screenings, family programs, and other public events enhance your visit, and admission is free!

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