Admission to all exhibitions and public programs is free and open to the public.
Free admission to the Hammer Museum is made possible through the generosity of Erika J. Glazer and Brenda R. Potter.
The museum is open every day, except Mondays, July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
Visitor Information During Mandala of Compassion
From September 27 – October 12, the public is invited to watch the Lamas create the mandala during the museum hours.
The public is invited to watch the Lamas create the mandala during the museum hours.
Please note: While the mandala will be on view during museum hours, the Lamas take occasional breaks during the day including an extended lunch break from approximately 1-2PM. In addition, every day will begin and end with puja (meditation and prayer) lasting approximately 45 minutes, the public is welcome to participate in puja but the lamas will not be working on the mandala during this time.
October 11: The Mandala will close early, at 3PM, evening puja will begin at 2PM.
Mandala Dissolution, October 12: Please note that the lamas will be done with the Mandala on Sunday and will not be actively adding to the work. On this final day we will offer visitors timed-tickets for 10 minute windows to view the mandala between 11AM and 3PM. There will be an extended puja from 11AM-1PM and the lamas will take a break before they begin the dissolution ceremony at 3PM.
Visitors are invited to follow the lamas in their own cars to Santa Monica Beach Parking Lot 8 to participate in the distribution of sands into the ocean. If you wish to meet the lamas at the ocean, please find the map to the ceremony location here.
We encourage those interested in spending more time with the mandala to visit during the week when the museum is quieter. Tuesday through Friday, visitors will be welcomed into the space as capacity allows. Please be advised that at times visitors may be asked to wait in line if the gallery is already at capacity.
Because of the fragility of the sand mandala and in order to accommodate expected high visitor turnout on the weekends, a same-day timed ticketing procedure will be in place on Saturdays and Sundays. When you arrive at the museum, please proceed directly to the welcome desk to receive a timed-ticket (one ticket per visitor, tickets are available on-site only and may not be pre-reserved). With this ticket, you are guaranteed a quarter-hour window to experience the mandala up-close. A stand-by line will also be available for visitors who are unable to reserve tickets, please be advised entry cannot be guaranteed for stand-by visitors.
While you wait for your guaranteed entry time, please feel free to dine at AMMO, shop at the Hammer Store, or visit our exhibitions on the gallery levels.
The Hammer is located at the corner of Westwood and Wilshire boulevards in Westwood Village, three blocks east of the 405 freeway's Wilshire exit.
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10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Convenient parking is available under the Museum. Rates are $3 for the first three hours with validation at the Welcome Desk, and $1.50 for each additional 15 minutes. There is a $3 flat rate after 6PM on weekdays, and all day on Saturdays and Sundays. Parking for visitors with disabilities is provided on levels P1 and P3.
In the event that the Museum parking garage is full, use this map for additional parking options.
Bicycles park free.
Metro provides bus and rail transportation to the Hammer until 2AM on Fridays and Saturdays. For your best route, visit the Metro Trip Planner or call (323) GO-METRO or (323) 466-3876.
Attending a Public Program
Public Programs are free. Tickets for assigned seating in the Billy Wilder Theater are required and available at the Box Office one hour before each program. Early arrival is recommended. Tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis.
As a benefit for their support, members enjoy priority ticketing and seat selection, subject to availability.