The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the largest art museum in the western United States.
The San Diego Museum of Art opened its doors in 1926 under a different name: The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego. After mergers, expansions, and contributions from generous visionaries, the Museum has undergone several transformations. During World War II, the facility was commandeered for several years by the United States military to serve as a hospital – so the Museum was relocated to a gallery in Mission Hills. Decades later, after numerous expansions, its name was changed to the San Diego Museum of Art to better reflect its diverse collection of both fine arts and decorative arts masterpieces. Today, the Museum also offers film screenings and musical performances, workshops, and opportunities for families, teens, and students to become involved. Each element of its robust programming is carefully designed to provoke curiosity, thoughtfulness, and an appreciation for art in all forms.
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