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Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach California is an Absolute Gem!


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MOLAA, 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802  Call: 562/437-1689   www.molaa.org

Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach, California offers a case in point that you simply can't see it all when vacationing. But for gosh sakes, don't miss this gem that's as great as any museum in the United States for the quality and caliber of artists representing the Latin countries.

Located in the Arts district of Long Beach not far from Pine Avenue dining, eclectic shopping, tea houses and even the Metro Rail to Los Angeles, the building in which this spectacular art museum is located once served as the first movie studio in Long Beach. Some remember it later becoming a roller rink and now, it's a wow!  The video shows gallery space and exhibits to give you the look and feel of the museum.



Included in the state-of-the-art facility that was generously funded by a local patron, an M.D. with a love of art and vision, the doctor traveled to south to Mexico and other Latin American parts numerous times to perform surgeries on the needy lacking medical assistance or opportunities. While exposed to a creative, soulful culture, the good doctor wisely recognized the wealth of talent and managed to put together the proper plan for a hugely successful art gallery like no other.


For those unfamiliar with Latin American art or the countries from which it comes, the Long Beach Museum of Latin American Art offers inspirational, world-class sculptures, paintings and geometric installations to send your imagination whirling.


In addition to the art gallery, there's a gift shop filled with unusual carved and painted items and even party props in the form of huge, affordable street pole banners that were custom created for the museum's previous rotating exhibits.  There's also indoor and MOLAA  outdoor meeting space where weddings and banquets are held, and the museum hosts concerts such as Pancho Sanchez on the patio.


The Museum of Latin American Art is one place you'll hope to go back and visit again, once you see it.  While the museum seems to have a lot of traffic and visitors, it's the type of place you hope will be as active as de Young Museum in San Francisco. It's not as large by any means. And it's not located in a beautiful city park. But what it offers to Southern California and nearby Orange County is a cultural wealth not like anything else. While Santa Ana in Orange County is starting to grow as an artist's colony and would benefit from this great museum (over 70% of its population is Hispanic), its artists would enjoy this museum as a model for education, inspiration and good fortune offering one of Southern California's finest international collections.


628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802  Call: 562/437-1689  molaa.org