With a great variety museums, art galleries and public art displays Santa Monica is an ideal getaway for art and culture lovers, offering some of the most prestigious and avant-garde art in Southern California.
Within 8.3 square miles, the walkable seaside city features over 40 unique works of public art adorning Santa Monica streets, parks and beaches, from sculptures to murals to ceramics. There are over 90 art galleries, largely concentrated in Bergamot Station, once the site of a historic trolley depot, perfect for those looking for a souvenir. Alternatively, for home and workplace furnishings, design aficionados can head to the Design District with a diverse mix of showrooms and shops, from modern to classical. To explore the city’s art scene you can even download their very own ‘Art Trek Map’, detailing points of interest citywide.
Santa Monica takes pride in honoring its historical heritage, with many specially preserved architectural landmarks. The Santa Monica History Museum, features stories that have shaped the city, with various collected and preserved items on display. Another must-see is the Santa Monica Museum of Art, founded in 1984, with its legendary annual benefit exhibition and art sale ‘Incognito’ in March time. With hundreds of works by contemporary artists, guests are encouraged to trust their art-instincts – the artists’ identities are only revealed after purchase!
Over half of Santa Monica’s loyal residents are employed by some type of creative organisation, making it a vibrant community of artists, musicians and writers waiting to be explored!
Notes for Editors: About Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau
Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau (SMCVB) is a non-member, non-profit organisation designed to increase visitor expenditures, tourism revenues and local employment opportunities through the promotion of Santa Monicaas a premier travel destination. For travel and accommodation information please call +1 310 319 6263; or email email@example.com; or write Santa Monica Visitor Centre, 1920 Main StreetSuite B, Santa Monica, CA90405. Official Santa Monica Maps, Visitor Guides, Corporate Guides, Art Trek, Design District, Big Blue Bus and Historical Landmark Maps are available at all Santa Monica visitor service locations and can be mailed upon request. To reduce our environmental footprint, some of these materials can also be downloaded or ordered from our website at www.santamonica.com.