Know Before You Go

Update, November 4, 2021: To ensure safety of all visitors, proof of COVID-19 full vaccination and valid photo ID are required upon entry to the museum. Learn more about our COVID-19 safety guidelines.

We want to help you make the most of your visit. We encourage you to call Visitor Experience at 310-443-7020 during museum hours for assistance.

Coat and Bag Check

The Hammer requires visitors to check items larger than 12” x 6” x 12” (including purses, bags, and backpacks) at the welcome desk. The Hammer may refuse to accept other items at its discretion and is not responsible for items held at coat check. Please remember to retrieve any checked items before you leave the museum.


The Hammer Museum welcomes visitors to take non‐flash, personal‐use photography except where noted. Share your images with us @hammer_museum / #hammermuseum on Twitter and Instagram.

Food and Drink

Enjoy a meal in the Hammer's courtyard at Lulu, a visionary new restaurant led chef David Tanis and legendary chef and food activist Alice WatersLearn more.

Food and drink is not permitted in the galleries or the Billy Wilder Theater.


For the safety of the art, pens and markers are not permitted within the galleries. Pencils are available at the welcome desk. 

As a courtesy to other museumgoers, cell phone conversations should be conducted outside of the galleries. 

Attending a Public Program

During the coronavirus pandemic, Hammer public programs may be presented at the museum or online. Exhibition tours and Lunchtime Art Talks are held in-person at the museum. UCLA Film & Television Archive screenings are held in-person in the Hammer's Billy Wilder Theater.

Learn about upcoming programs.

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Service Animals

Trained service animals are welcome in all spaces throughout the museum. We welcome other supervised and leashed domesticated animals only in the museum’s courtyard.