Founded in 1996, the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) is “the only museum in the United States dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art.” This forward-thinking institution aims to give people a better understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary Latin American art through collections, exhibitions, programs and special events. In their permanent collection, you can find more than 1,000 paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos and works on paper created by over 250 Latin American artists from 20 Latin American countries. While their rotating exhibitions often spotlight particular artists, you can also find themed showings focusing on nature, digital art, culture, heritage stories and other interesting topics.
Outside, their sculpture garden showcases more than 30 works of abstract and figurative sculptures from Latin American artists. Sculptures are crafted in a variety of mediums, like bronze, stainless-steel, metal, wood and polychrome metal, giving visitors a glimpse into how diverse their culture of art truly is.
Their Museum Store has much to offer, selling items like Latin American handicrafts, toys, memorabilia and jewelry. Feel good about your purchase as proceeds support the institution’s exhibitions and programs.
Don’t leave without having a meal in their Viva Café, which serves up Latin American-inspired dishes like Media Noches (Cuban sandwiches), Argentinian chopped salad and Spanish chorizo. Pair your meal with a beer, wine, soda or hot beverage.
MOLAA is located at 628 Alamitos Avenue. Hours are Wednesday and Thursday 11am to 5pm, Friday 11am to 9pm, and Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm. General admission is $9, seniors and students are $6, and children 12 and under are free.