Museum

MOLAA - Museum of Latin American Art

Long Beach, United States

Address

  • MOLAA
  • 628 Alamitos Avenue
  • Long Beach
  • California
  • 90802
  • United States

Opening times

Wed, Friday, Sat and Sun
11:00am–5:00pm
Thursday (extended hours) 11:00 AM–9:00 PM

The Museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Travel Information

Tube / Metro: Take the Metro Blue Line to 5th Street Station. From the train platform, walk east on 6th street towards Alamitos Avenue. Arrive at the Museum, located between 6th and 7th Street. For your best route, use the Metro Trip Planner.

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The Museum of Latin American Art expands knowledge and appreciation of modern and contemporary Latin American art through its Collection, ground-breaking Exhibitions, stimulating Educational Programs, and engaging Cultural Events.

The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) was founded in 1996 in Long Beach, California and serves the greater Los Angeles area. MOLAA is the only museum in the United States dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American and Latino art. Since its inception, MOLAA has doubled its size and added a 15,000 sq. ft. sculpture garden. Its permanent collection now numbers over 1,600 works of art.

The Museum is located in the city’s rapidly developing East Village Arts District. Between 1913 and 1918 the site that the Museum now occupies was home to the Balboa Amusement Producing Company, then the World’s most productive and innovative silent film studio. Before there was a Hollywood, Balboa was the king of the silver screen, producing as much as 20,000 feet of negative film a week.

The building that was renovated and became MOLAA’s Balboa Events Center may have been part of the old Balboa film studios. MOLAA’s exhibition galleries, administrative offices and store are housed in what was once a roller skating rink known as the Hippodrome. Built in the late 1920s, after the film studios were gone, the Hippodrome was a haven for skaters for four decades. The building then served as a senior health center for fifteen years. The high vaulted ceilings and beautiful wooden floors were perfectly suited for the Hippodrome's final metamorphosis into the Museum of Latin American Art.

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