California African American Museum
ADMISSION: Free; sponsoring members receive extra benefits
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sun 10a-5p
ADDRESS: 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA MAP
PARKING: $8 in adjacent garage
RAPID TRANSIT: Metro Expo Park-USC Station
California African American Museum Review
DESCRIPTION: Opened in 1981, this 44,000 suare feet structure designed by Vince Proby and Jack Haywood, is a welcome fixture in Exposition Park and near the USC campus. It has evolved with the times with the latest exterior improvements to the museum were made in the 2010s. As LA’s principal museum for renown black artists and sculptors, the venue often hosts large touring exhibits in addition to its large visual arts collections. Among its collections are 19th Century Naturalistic Landscape painting by Edward Bannister, Robert Scott Duncanson and Grafton Tyler Brown, as well as Harlem Renaissance and Contemporary art by Sargent Johnson, Charles White, Beulah Woodard, Noah Purifoy, John Outterbridge, Betye Saar, John T. Riddle and David Hammons. The African, Haitian, Jamaican and Brazilian artwork collections have also expanded in recent years. The Los Angeles Black History artifacts are notable. The museum keeps a very active calendar of touring shows and events. Perhaps the most beloved event is between December 26-January 1, when CAAM hosts one of the largest Kwanzaa festivities in the city.