California African American Museum

California African American Museum

California African American Museum
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The California African American Museum explores the art, history, and culture of African Americans, with an emphasis on California and the West. Located in Los Angeles' beautiful Exposition Park, CAAM features a range of dynamic, changing exhibitions and public programs for all ages and interest. Admission is free.
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Neighbourhood: Exposition Park
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  • Expo Park/USC • 4 min walk
  • Expo/Vermont • 10 min walk
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Meisha W
Hyattsville, MD74 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
What a disappointment! I came here on the last day of my first trip to LA, and after paying$15 to park, discovered that only the lobby exhibit was available to view. I was in and out in 15 minutes. 😟 I was told that they won't open back up fully until the summer. I'd wait until then to visit. It's located in Exposition Park, so it's within walking distance of the Science Center & Natural History Museum
Written February 18, 2023
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thisgirl_Gray
Los Angeles, CA2,490 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
Visited here with my mom and my niece because they were visiting from out of town and I heard they had an exhibit on black women. The exhibit was mostly about blacks in society and featured the Cotillion. I could easily relate since I eas a member of Jack & Jill and participated in the Debutante ball. It would have been nice if they had kept the exhibit on black men there at the same time since there wasn't a lot of other interesting exhibits. All in all we enjoyed the time and was happy that the guy at the front let us in 15 minutes earlier thsn our timed tickets.
Written August 12, 2021
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deegirl66
Bridgeport, CT11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
I didn't know what to expect. The three (3) exhibits currently featured were interesting and different. Just enough information provided for explanation.
Written July 17, 2021
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Cassidy
141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
Originally we visited only as a way to kill a few hours between timed tickets, but this was definitely worth it. It’s free, impactful and has rotating exhibits. Although only three were open as of May 2021 (and one being flashing lights in a room) I would say it’s worth the few steps from the California Science Center.
Written May 21, 2021
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Fran T.
Knoxville, TN3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Visited the CAAM in April 2019. They had a few very interesting exhibits from African American artists. What I enjoyed most was "The Liberator: Chronicling Black Los Angeles, 1900-1914. Had the old newspaper press, and reports of accomplishments, etc. of Black Los Angeles. Also the history from slavery 1848-1865.
Well put together, very nice staff.
Written April 16, 2020
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permia
Ireland61,423 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
LA Blacksmith was the first art works we viewed and very impressive they are. Depicting figures in various undertakings, including one carrying a load on his head, they illustrate many aspects of life. High Frequency Apparatus by Kendell Carter shows a golden sowing machine.

Roy Ferdinand's Coloured Waiting portrays a forlorn looking man waiting at a bus station. Numerous pieces depict modern life. New York by Jimmy Lee Sudduth and Sam Doyle's St. Helena's Black Merry Go Rond are engaging, as are a selection of other paintings.

Critter by Robert Howell and Dominique Moody's Ancestral Praise House are great mixed media creations.

Hip Hop Commercialisation was a further exhibit. Apropos the same, a video of some presentations was being recorded.
Written December 16, 2019
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KG O
Los Angeles, CA143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
We went to the Adia Millet Exhibit this weekend. Met the artist and my son participated in the children’s workshop. Beautiful Exhibit.
Written March 25, 2019
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Thank you for visiting and sharing your experience. We hope to see you again soon at CAAM.
Written March 26, 2019
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Ryan K
Camarillo, CA70 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Solo
I was in the area and thought it would be a good place to visit to look at the exhibits... Was not impressed by the people working there, was treated rudely and different to the other people at the front desk... I am not of American African heritage but didn't feel welcome and left shortly after... Shame as the point of the museum is lost on the people that work there... 2 stars for the exhibits and building otherwise it would of been 0...
Written February 24, 2019
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Dear Ryan, I'm sorry and surprised to hear that this was your experience visiting CAAM and will share your note with the Museum's visitor services staff. CAAM is a state museum that welcomes EVERYONE and presents a changing suite of exhibitions that examine many facets of African American art, history, and culture in California and the West. I invite you to return after March 20 when a new group of exhibitions will be on display.
Written February 25, 2019
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GiantsFanLosAngeles
West Covina, CA288 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Family
Came to visit the the museum at 11am on Martin Luther King Holiday. There was extra activity, with guest speakers, a DJ outside, and food trucks. There were some art activities for children.

Of the regular exhibits, I enjoyed the sections on MLK's rally at Wrigley field in Los Angeles, and the one on California and slavery. I was less interested in the art exhibits.

If this was a regular museum day, I would not bring my child, as there was little of interest to him.
Written January 23, 2019
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Janie C
Chicago, IL240 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
A great museum is one that gives you a new perspective or teaches you things you didn’t know. This was the case in my visit to this museum.

Great exhibit on Dr King and his visit to LA. Didn’t know the significance of this chapter until this visit. I learned how he leveraged the relationships he had with famous celebrities such as Sammy Davis Jr. and so many others. He was brilliant in getting support from those who might not be as obvious a supporter.

Amazing exhibit on slavery in California. Being admitted as a free state, it didn’t seem that California was very impacted by slavery. The exhibit showed the intersection of the new state of CA with the passing of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act. There was a huge impact on CA.

One of the most imperative sections was where visitors woul mark down their thoughts. A lot of key insights about the view of the world.

Definitely visit if you are able.
Written December 31, 2018
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Thanks for visiting and sharing your experiences, Janie! We appreciate the feedback and hope to see you again soon at CAAM.
Written January 2, 2019
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