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Courtesy of Laguna Art Museum

Key Info

307 Cliff Dr.

Price & Hours

$7 for adults; $5 for seniors and students; free for youths 17 and younger
Mon-Tues, Thurs-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

California's oldest museum is unique in that it only showcases California artists or pieces of art that depict the state and its history. The museum originally opened in 1929 after the city's resident art colony, later dubbed the Laguna Beach Art Association, fundraised to create an official space for art in the community. Today, the Laguna Art Museum boasts a collection of 3,000 works from present day all the way back to the 19th century.

The museum features an eclectic mix of paintings, sculptures and photographs as well as modern, abstract art, landscape works and classic oil paintings, to name a few. Visitors recommended this museum for its diverse range of art, while others noted that they enjoyed the extensive information provided about the work and artists featured. Others found the museum to be rather small, so they said there's no need to plan an entire afternoon to see it all. Travelers also enjoyed the museum's close proximity to Heisler Park (it's right across the street) as well as the various amenities within walking distance (you'll find restaurants, shops and other galleries a short stroll away).

Laguna Art Museum is open Thursday to Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; it's closed on Wednesdays. General admission is $7 while students and seniors pay $5. The museum is free to visit for anyone 17 and younger. There's metered parking available on-site and street parking nearby as well. For more information about the Laguna Art Museum, visit the website.

 

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