The Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art
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11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Neighbourhood: Downtown
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How to get there
  • East LA Civic Center • 7 min walk
  • Civic Center/Grand Park • 7 min walk
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  • CasandraTP
    Sydney, Australia3,233 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely modern art museum
    Popped in after visiting The Broad and we were impressed with the calibre of artwork that is displayed here. It is free to enter, but you have to book times tickets, luckily we were able to do this on the day, but it may be different in visiting on the weekend. It is not a large gallery and can be done in under 2 hours but definitely worth a visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Daniel M
    Middletown, Pennsylvania73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Great Free Experience in LA
    This is a fantastic stop if you are in LA. It is free and the art display is impressive. Got to see my first real deal Jackson Pollock. I would recommend getting free tix online before showing up. It was not as busy as the Broad, but would still be worth planning ahead.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 2 September 2023
  • Lori M
    California1,888 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    did not enjoy, too esoteric and "arty" for us
    adult son and I did not enjoy the art on display. too esoteric for us. they probably switch out exhibits and these two didn't resonate with us. for example, there were a bunch of different sized mirrors lined up near the bottom of a wall, there were 2 panels with nothing inside but a painted border, there was a large work made of mostly whitish squares. it's a very nice facility and the price is amazing (free) but we did not enjoy it.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 September 2023
  • phvi2617
    Anaheim, California585 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting collection of modern art
    MOCA is a small, free museum nearby Disney Hall, the Broad, and the Colburn School. As it's name suggests, its collection is all contemporary art. Its current exhibition, "Long Story Short," features a wide variety of interesting pieces that make you think. I only wish there was a little more context for some of the works without a description. Tickets can be reserved online or obtained from the box office at street level.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 April 2024
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phvi2617
Anaheim, CA585 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
MOCA is a small, free museum nearby Disney Hall, the Broad, and the Colburn School. As it's name suggests, its collection is all contemporary art. Its current exhibition, "Long Story Short," features a wide variety of interesting pieces that make you think. I only wish there was a little more context for some of the works without a description. Tickets can be reserved online or obtained from the box office at street level.
Written 2 April 2024
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Marblehead750
Dayton, OH678 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Not a huge museum and some of the art didn't appeal to me. It's nicely displayed, but there were only a few pieces that stood out to me. Thankfully, admission is free or I would have been disappointed.
Written 30 September 2023
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Lori M
California1,888 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
adult son and I did not enjoy the art on display. too esoteric for us. they probably switch out exhibits and these two didn't resonate with us. for example, there were a bunch of different sized mirrors lined up near the bottom of a wall, there were 2 panels with nothing inside but a painted border, there was a large work made of mostly whitish squares. it's a very nice facility and the price is amazing (free) but we did not enjoy it.
Written 13 September 2023
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Daniel M
Middletown, PA73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Business
This is a fantastic stop if you are in LA. It is free and the art display is impressive. Got to see my first real deal Jackson Pollock. I would recommend getting free tix online before showing up. It was not as busy as the Broad, but would still be worth planning ahead.
Written 2 September 2023
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CasandraTP
Sydney, Australia3,233 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Popped in after visiting The Broad and we were impressed with the calibre of artwork that is displayed here. It is free to enter, but you have to book times tickets, luckily we were able to do this on the day, but it may be different in visiting on the weekend. It is not a large gallery and can be done in under 2 hours but definitely worth a visit.
Written 6 August 2023
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel41,102 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This is a rather small (and free) museum for contemporary art.
We spent less than 30 minutes in the museum, as nothing really impressed us too much.
Still, it's worth a quick look, if you have some time.
Written 24 June 2023
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jadeannbyrne
Los Angeles, CA7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Hey there, art enthusiasts! Let's dive into the enchanting world of The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in LA, shall we? As Jade Ann Byrne, I stepped into this creative haven and instantly felt a surge of inspiration coursing through my veins. It's like being embraced by an explosion of artistic brilliance!

During my visit, I had the pleasure of immersing myself in captivating exhibitions that spanned various mediums and styles. Each artwork spoke to me in its unique language, inviting me to explore its depths and unravel its secrets. From bold paintings to thought-provoking installations, every corner held the promise of a new artistic adventure.

The Geffen Contemporary is more than just a museum; it's a sanctuary of creativity and self-expression. Every step revealed a new discovery - from the fascinating concepts explored by the artists to the way the space itself was transformed into a vessel of imagination. It felt like stepping into a portal that transported me to a realm where art and life merge seamlessly.

The staff at The Geffen Contemporary deserves special mention for their warmth and knowledge. Their passion for art and dedication to sharing it with visitors was evident in every interaction. They graciously answered my questions, providing insights into the artistic process and expanding my understanding of the pieces on display.

And let's not forget the ambiance! The industrial-chic setting of The Geffen Contemporary adds a touch of urban charm to the entire experience. It's the perfect backdrop for these innovative works of art, creating a harmonious blend of creativity and aesthetics.

So, fellow art lovers, I urge you to embark on your own journey through The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Let its walls envelop you in a symphony of artistic expression, allowing your senses to dance to the rhythm of creativity. Open your mind, open your heart, and let the art guide you to new realms of inspiration and self-discovery.
Written 28 May 2023
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iparker5611
Doylestown, OH456 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
You have to make a reservation before entering the museum. It's a small museum with a circle route so even taking your time you can walk through it all in about an hour to 1.5 hours. The gift shop is outside in another building and it's kinda small but you can still find something probably as a souvenir. It's free but make sure you plan other things around this area cause it's not worth a special trip/parking structure expense.
Written 1 March 2023
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Toria ⭐️
San Francisco, CA323 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
There was only one artist on display when i visited but the pieces were beautiful. Nice little museum, would recommend. They also offer a free shuttle to their second location.
Written 18 November 2022
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LadyN516
Atlanta, GA95 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022
I think they were being very generous with some of these pieces by calling them art (no offense to the artists)...i wouldn't call a blank framed canvas or a gold plated vacuum "art", but to each his/her own i suppose. There were several cool pieces though and admission is free so there's that. It is across the street from the Broad museum, which i visited a few years ago and can confirm has a much better collection.
Written 4 August 2022
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