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Published on Aug 10, 2010
The Long Beach Museum of Art is located on Ocean Blvd, in the Bluff Park neighborhood of Long Beach. The museum occupies the historic 1912 Elizabeth Milbank Anderson house and carriage house (both attributed to architect Charles Alonzo Rich), and a new two-story pavilion, and includes oceanfront gardens (Wikipedia). Currently featured is an exhibition called A Light in the Shadow - Decades of Art by Women, fascinating works providing insight into the experiences of female artists. It runs thru Jan. 2, 2011.
Surf & Turf The Museum is there for the art, but the views are just spectacular, especially from the patio dining area. Claire's Restaurant features a great Blackened Salmon BLT and their 5-cheese ravioli. For breakfast, try their creative Crème Brulée French Toast. Claire's is also known for its crazy fountain, which they thankfully turn off when the afternoon breezes kick up. It's open Tue-Fri, 11-3, and Sat/Sun from 8-3. Come on the weekend for a great breakfast or brunch. It's a family-oriented place with terrific views. Reservations aren't always needed, but to be safe, call them at 562-439-2119 x-270.
Also, check out the Museum Store. It's small, but has collectables, nice books on art and some intriguing art jewelry.
That Special Feeling The museum grounds and restaurant are available for weddings and other catered gatherings, such as birthday parties (especially those "significant dates"), graduation parties, etc. Los Angeles Magazine recommends it! Consider having your corporate event there, inside or outside. Either way, the views and atmosphere are wonderful!
Location...Location...Location The LB Art Museum is conveniently located at the West end of Bluff Park. There is parking in a small lot next to the museum, and free parking is available 1 block west. There is usually plenty of space on Ocean or Kennebec. You can also get there via The Passport and Water Taxi, or walk or bike if you live nearby.
How Much is That Piggy in the Window? The Museum Galleries and Store are open Tuesday - Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are closed Thanksgiving, December 25, January 1 & July 4. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for students & seniors. Kids under 12 are free, as are Fridays for everyone. Start their artistic education early! www.lbma.org.
The 'Hood Speaking of architecture, I love the skewed brick and thick mortar exterior of the buildings and wall structures. Be sure to walk around the surrounding neighborhood...fascinating architecture and history of Long Beach's elegant Bluff Park District. Enjoy!