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Long Beach, California - Arts and Culture in a Seaside City

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While the Queen Mary, the aquarium, and the beaches might be on top of your must-do list, Long Beach also offers a wealth of cultural attractions worth exploring. So, why not step away from the beach for a bit and dip your toes into the city’s lively arts scene?

Art museums and more

 

Perched on a bluff overlooking the ocean, the Long Beach Museum of Art is the city’s most popular art museum. But this ethnically diverse city also offers unexpected attractions like the Museum of Latin American Art and the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum. Tucked away from the urban bustle, Rancho Los Alamitos provides a look into the area’s intriguing past.

 

Long Beach Museum of Art

 

This handsome 1912 building, a former summer home, now houses more than 3,000 works of art. Admission is free several days a month. The museum café features a patio facing the ocean and the Queen Mary.

 

2300 East Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803Tel: +1 562 439 2119

 

Long Beach Museum of Art website
Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch

 

Take a break from the beach crowds and wander through the historic ranch house and the peaceful gardens. Be sure to stop by the stables to meet the friendly horses. Admission is free.

 

6400 East Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach, CA 90815. Tel: +1 562 431 3541

 

Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch website

 

It's showtime!

 

When the sun goes down, Long Beach sets the stage for big-name shows at the Carpenter Performing Arts centre, award-winning performances at the International City Theatre, and both classic and cutting-edge works at the historic Long Beach Playhouse. The Long Beach Convention & Entertainment centre is home to the Terrace theatre, centre theatre, and Arena.

 

Richard & Karen Carpenter Performing Arts centre

 

Located on the campus of California State University - Long Beach, the Richard & Karen Carpenter Performing Arts centre features cabaret, comedy, dance, and Broadway hits.

 

6200 Atherton Street, Long Beach, CA 90815. Tel: +1 562 985 7000

 

Richard & Karen Carpenter Performing Arts centre website

 

Music lovers, take note

 

Snoop Dogg is from Long Beach, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band originated here, too. But, if classical music is more your style, check out the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra or Long Beach Opera.

 

Long Beach Symphony Orchestra

 

The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra presents 6 classical concerts throughout the year, as well as the immensely popular “POPS!” series. The latter includes indoor picnics and themes such as Bond & Beyond and Symphonic Surfin’ Safari.

 

555 East Ocean Blvd #106, Long Beach, CA 90802. Tel: +1 562 436 3203

 

Long Beach Symphony Orchestra website

 

Long Beach Opera

 

The spotlight here is on modern and unconventional works, as well as new interpretations of the classics. Performances take place at the Warner Grand Theatre, an Art Deco gem about 6 miles from downtown Long Beach.

 

507 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach CA 90802. Tel: +1 562 432 5934

 

Long Beach Opera website