Profile of the Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach, CA

Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach, California. Image courtesy Laguna Art Museum.


The Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach, California was established in 1918 to exhibit California art created by California artists.

The only museum to focus entirely on California art, the Laguna Art Museum collects and exhibits a wide range of styles dating from the nineteenth-century to today, and has over 3,500 works of art in its collection.


The Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach, California was established in "1918 by the early California artists who discovered the town and fostered a vibrant arts community." 

In 1929, Los Angeles architect Myron Hunt designed the gallery, which is still in use today as part of the Museum.

As the permanent collection of donated works grew, the gallery was soon becoming a museum and in 1972, it became the Laguna Beach Museum of Art.

In 1986 with an expansion, it became the Laguna Art Museum. Ten years later, Laguna Art Museum merged with Newport Harbor Art Museum to become the Orange County Museum of Art. However, the merger was short-lived due to condemnation by the public. So in 1997, the Laguna Art Museum reestablished itself as a separate and unique art museum with its own mission and own art collection.


According to the Museum's website:

"Laguna Art Museum believes that the artists of California have created works of the highest quality and significance. An artistic center throughout its history, Laguna Beach is a natural home for the premier museum of California art."


The Laguna Art Museum is located "on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Cliff Drive next door to Las Brisas restaurant" in Laguna Beach, California.

Please refer to the Museum's website for further directions and information.

Museum's Conservation Department:

The Laguna Art Museum has a permanent collection, so from time to time may require the services of an art conservator in order to preserve the works for future generations.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Museum's collection includes artworks by artists such as Robert Arneson, John Baldessari, Billy Al Bengston, Chris Burden, Judy Chicago, Richard Diebenkorn, Jay DeFeo, Ed Moses, Alexis Smith, Robert Williams and Ed Ruscha.

The Museum's website contains searchable online data for each artist in its collection.

Noteworthy Facts:

Laguna Art Museum offers a wide range of programs to the general public such as a summer art camp for children, internships, docent programs, and school tours.

Employment Information:

The Museum regularly posts job listings on its website in the various departments such as administrative, collections,  curatorial, education, library, marketing and public relations, sales, security, etc. when jobs become available.

How to Apply for a Job:

To apply for a position at the Museum, applicants can submit their cover letters and resumes via the Museum's online application form.

Museum's Contact Info:

Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. Tel: 949.494.8971.

Laguna Art Museum's website

Museum Hours:

  • Monday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday closed
  • Thursday 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • Friday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Closed holidays