General FAQs

What is the museum's mission?

The mission of Laguna Art Museum is to be the premier museum of California art, financially stable and managed according to the highest professional standards—both an artistic destination and a relevant, respected center of culture for Laguna Beach.

Is there a place to park my car?

Metered parking is available surrounding the museum on Cliff Drive and Coast Highway. The museum does not have a parking lot. There is a free trolley service available for visitors on weekends in the spring and daily during the summer months. Click here for more information.

Is photography permitted?

Photography of Laguna Art Museum’s permanent collection for personal use is allowed. More than that, we encourage it! Share your photos with us online and we’ll repost our favorites: @LagunaArtMuseum #LagunaArtMuseum. Please, no flash photography or tripods inside the museum.

Photography for special and visiting exhibitions may be subject to different rules. Please check with the front desk for information.

The use of photography and videography for commercial purposes is not permitted. If you are a member of the press and would like to request images, please contact the Communications Department by email or at 949.494.8971 x211.

Does the museum have a restaurant?

The museum does not have a restaurant, however there are a number of restaurants within walking distance. Please visit our restaurant partner next door, Las Brisas, or go to Visit Laguna Beach for a dining guide.

Is the museum wheelchair accessible?

The museum is wheelchair accessible with an elevator between each floor. Please note that the museum does not have its own parking, but there are handicap spaces at the meters nearby on Cliff Drive.

Collections and Curatorial FAQs

Outside Works of Art

No outside works of art of any kind may be brought into the museum. If unsolicited materials are dropped off or sent to the museum without an appointment or agreement made with a staff member, we are not responsible for such materials nor obligated to return them, and they will be disposed of promptly.

Art Donations

If you are interested in donating a work of art, first review the museum’s mission statement and collections policy. If you believe the work of art meets those criteria, please email the museum’s registrar, Dawn Minegar. Please include the following information:
+ Artist Name
+ Title
+ Date
+ Medium
+ Dimensions
+ Digital image (*absolutely required; image should be shown completely and clearly)

If the museum is interested in the work, a staff member will contact you. Although the work may be valuable or significant, it may not be appropriate for the museum to accept at the present time under the more complex criteria defined in the collections policy.

Please note, the museum does not take walk-in appointments and will not accept any donations at the Visitor Services desk.

Art Sales

Laguna Art Museum is a private, nonprofit institution and has extremely limited funds for purchasing works of art for the collection; purchases are not typically considered. In exceptional circumstances, in order to be considered, please carefully review the museum’s mission statement and collections policy. If you believe that the work is significant, and the opportunity for the museum to acquire similar work through donation to the museum is rare based on these references, you may email the museum’s registrar, Dawn Minegar, with detailed information regarding the work (see “Art Donations” above).

Exhibition Proposals

Laguna Art Museum does not accept proposals for exhibitions. The time necessary to review proposals and other related materials is beyond the museum’s capacity. For this reason we also do not arrange appointments with artists to review work at their request.

Appraisal, Conservation, and Authentication

Laguna Art Museum is unable to provide appraisal and authentication services. We also cannot provide conservation services. Please see the list of references below.

For appraisals and authentication:
+ American Society of Appraisers
+ International Society of Appraisers
+ Art Dealers Association of America
+ Bonhams

For conservation:
+ Balboa Art Conservation Center
+ American Institute for Conservation