If you are driving south along the coast for the day from L.A., this gallery is ideally situated near the popular Fashion Island shopping center, not even a mile from the Pacific Coast Highway. The subject of much controversy among Orange County's art crowd over the past few years, the museum expanded to almost double its original size when the Newport Harbor Art Museum (same location) and the Laguna Art Museum consolidated to form this larger complex, scandalizing the art-loving Laguna Beach community. The permanent collection focuses on late 20th-century and California art, but the museum enjoys exhibitions that have included works from artists such as Rico Lebrun and Pablo Picasso. The Plein Air Café serves lunch, and a meal will earn you free admission to the museum.
Laguna Beach has long been a center for art. Creative types flocked here in droves to work their magic along Laguna's pristine shores. The Laguna Art Museum continues this proud heritage with an impressive list of year-round exhibitions and programming. Within these hallowed halls, you'll find classic and contemporary works by artists both fledgling and world renowned. An emphasis is placed on artists hailing from California, but the museum's scope is global nonetheless.
Located on California State University Fullerton, the Campus Sculpture Collection is an outdoor display scattered throughout the campus. From bizarre to artistic, these sculptures often have a whimsical tone and are made from everything from wax to steel to fiberglass. Walk through the campus to take a look at the artwork, including the Sea Bee which was created from a salvaged fuel ship and it looks like a ship is sinking into the lawn. Some other notable works include Fallen David, a replica of Michelangelo’s David that was broken into pieces during an earthquake of 1987, Arise by Eric Goulder and Lloyd Hamrol's Redoubling Wallpath, to name a few.
The Modjeska House is a beautiful residential structure belonging to the acclaimed actress Madame Helena Modjeska. The house was built in 1888 and spreads over an area of 14 acres (5.66 hectares). The building looks elegant in the Queen Anne style of architecture. The white exteriors give it a classy veteran look. Guided tours of the house are conducted four times in each month and prior reservation is recommended.
Located steps away from the Huntington Beach pier, this gallery features the work of local and international artists in a modern space. For more than two decades, the Pierside Gallery has cultivated and curated artists that have a proclivity for fine and contemporary art. In addition to oil on canvas, the gallery sells art books, DVDs, frames and it also provides appraisals for different media. So step inside and absorb a little culture before or after you hit the beach.
The Hathaway Ranch Museum is home to several tools and equipments that were used for farming in ranching back in the 1930's. The large display of tools also includes drilling and mining equipment, that started to be used once oil was found in the region. The Museum is still owned and managed by the Hathaway family, and is an impressive exhibit of the mining history of Los Angeles County. There is also a machine shop within the premises, that displays a range of antique machine tools that ran on flat belts. The property also consists of a Spanish-Mediterranean-style ranch house, where members of the Hathaway family resided.