Santa Monica Museum of Art


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  • One-of-a-kind exhibitions
  • Admission to members-only events, museum shop discounts
  • Educational workshops, lectures, concerts, and more

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Sight, the workhorse of the five senses, puts in too many hours keeping man from falling in manholes. Reward the most overworked sense with today's Groupon for the following membership options to Santa Monica Museum of Art:

•$40 for a partner membership (a $100 value)
•$22 for an individual membership (a $55 value)

Housed in the largest gallery and cultural complex in Southern California, the Santa Monica Museum of Art showcases a wide range of local, national, and international contemporary artists. With an expansive and diverse set of exhibitions, patrons can wander through the surreal showcase of Al Taylor's wire-framed sculptures, or over stimulate ocular orifices with the intricate video pastiches of Marco Brambilla. Amplify adventures in art with the more advanced Partner Membership, building on the Individual counterpart with admission for two to museum events, private tours with curators, and a reciprocal membership to more than 270 other museums across the country. Along with one admission to members-only previews, an individual membership includes free and discounted workshops for children and adults, a monthly e-newsletter, and a 10% discount on items at GRACIE, the museum's quirky, art-laden gift shop.


Frommer's gives Bergamot Station, the home of the Santa Monica Museum of Art, its highest rating. Six Yelpers give the Santa Monica Museum of Art an average rating of four stars. More than 5,200 Facebookers like the museum.

  • SMMOA's curatorial staff seems to have applied elements of this philosophy to consistently provide the art world with interesting and exciting exhibits. – Aaron T., Yelp
  • You turn the corner and wow - you're in an airline hangar sized museum/gallery with two separate smaller spaces exhibiting other works and showing videos from featured artists. – dawson s., Yelp

Santa Monica Museum of Art

Santa Monica Museum of Art started big: upon its founding in 1984, it moved right into a space designed by famed architect Frank Gehry. And it only got bigger. 14 years later, it relocated to expanded digs in the Bergamot Station Arts Center. That's remarkable in part because the museum has no permanent archive—instead of amassing a collection, it fills its schedule with rotating exhibits and the fruit of partnerships with with some of the world's most innovative modern artists.

A main gallery and two project rooms have showcased work including landscape and portrait paintings, mixed media, video sculpture, and creative installations from local and international artists. Programs ranging from modern crafting workshops to book-club meetings led by a guest artist or scholar also fill the space with creativity. To immerse guests deeper in the world of modern art, SMMoA also offers guided private-group tours and special members-only tours led by executive director Elsa Longhauser.

Customer Reviews

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Holly K March 14, 2015
"Not My Flavor This Month"
FREE to the public (suggested donation $5) two current exhibits showing at any given time. The museum is at Bergamot Station, not far from the beach and plenty of free parking. After you are done in the museum peruse the galleries that line the parking lot, could take hours and varies in t... Read More
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TammySue88 December 23, 2014
"Emerging and Established"
Sometimes they show emerging artists' work. Other times they show established artists' work. Find them on the internet or give them a call to see what they're currently showing. It is at the center of Bergamot Station, a thriving art gallery scene. It will take you some time to cover both,... Read More
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Andrea J October 25, 2014
"Great cafe"
A little way out - I walked there from Santa Monica pier, which was ok, but it's not a place designed for pedestrians. The cafe was well worth it though - a lovely place to sit and relax; free refills on fizzy drinks.
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