About the Museum
Founded in 1977, the California African American Museum has a long and rich history as the first African American museum of art, history, and culture fully supported by a state. Its creation was an early and tangible recognition by the State of California of the critically important role African Americans have played in the American West’s cultural, economic, and political development.
Today, CAAM sits among the many major institutions transforming Exposition Park and South Los Angeles. The Museum’s permanent collection houses 4,000 objects that span landscape painting and portraiture, modern and contemporary art, historical objects and print materials, and mixed-media artworks. Though the collection emphasizes objects pertinent to California and the American West, it also houses a growing collection of artworks from the African diaspora as well as important works by African Americans from across the United States.