Long Profile of USC Fisher Museum of Art in Los Angeles, CA


The USC Fisher Museum of Art in Los Angeles, California, officially opened on November 14, 1939 at the University of Southern California.

The Museum's permanent collection consists of 1,800 objects ranging from 16th century European painting to 20th century modern and contemporary art.


The USC Fisher Museum of Art in Los Angeles, California was established in 1939 by Elizabeth Holmes Fisher.

Besides founding the Museum, she donated a majority of her art collection which included 74 paintings, drawings, and sculptures.

Fisher's collection focused on "19th century American Hudson River School and French Barbizon landscapes; 17th and 18th century British portraits; and Dutch and Flemish masterworks from the 16th through 18th centuries."


The Museum's mission is to uphold the founder's vision in exhibiting and preserving five centuries worth of American and European art.


The USC Fisher Museum of Art is located on the south side of the USC campus, bordering Exposition Boulevard, between Figueroa and Watt Way in Harris Hall, Los Angeles, California.

It is located near other museums such as the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the California Science Center, and the California African American Museum.

Museum's Conservation Department:

Fine art museums rely on the services of professional art conservators in order to restore and conserve artworks in its collection for future generations.

To learn more about the field of museum art conservation, please read interviews with art conservators.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The USC Fisher Museum of Art's collection includes art by artists such as Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Cole, Winslow Homer, Thomas Gainsborough, Angelica Kauffman, Sir Joshua Reynolds, George Romney, John Russell, Benjamin West, and Johan Zoffany.

The collection also includes art by 16th & 17th century European masters such as Jan Breughel,  Dirk Hals, Bartholomeus van der Helst,  Claude Lorraine, and Jacob van Ruysdael.

The contemporary collection focuses on Californian and international artists, and includes works by artists such as Andy Warhol, Gronk, Sylvia Sharp, Einar and Jamex de la Torre, Albert Contreras, Reverend Ethan Acres, and Fandra Chang.

Noteworthy Facts:

The USC Fisher Museum of Art allows USC faculty and students to have classes in the Museum in order to engage with the works in the permanent collection.

Employment Information:

The USC Fisher Museum of Art does not post job listings on its website. However, internship opportunities for students are posted. Please refer to the Museum's website for further information.

How to Apply for a Job:

Since the Museum does not post job listings, you may want to email or telephone the staff to inquire about any employment possibilities.

Another possibility is to start off as an intern or volunteer, in order to become familiar with the operations of the Museum.

Museum's Contact Info:

The USC Fisher Museum of Art, 823 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90089. Tel.: 213-740-4561.

Email: fmoa@usc.edu

The USC Fisher Museum of Art's website

Museum Hours:

  • Monday closed
  • Tuesday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday closed
  • Closed on holidays