The museum focuses on collecting and exhibiting works of art that were created by California artists or represent the life and history of the state.

The collection consists of more than 3,500 works of California art, ranging across all periods and styles, nineteenth-century to present-day. 

The museum traces its origins to the Laguna Beach Art Association, formed by local artists in 1918 . A custom-built permanent home was founded in 1929, designed by the well known Los Angeles architect Myron Hunt. This survives as the Steele Gallery within the present museum building. In 1986 a physical expansion completed the building as it now stands. Today the museum showcases works from its collection, special exhibitions, and an array of events, including artist talks, concerts, family days, and more.

Whether you go or not, the museum guide, Collecting California: Selections from Laguna Art Museum, provides an overview of the collection.

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