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PRINT Summer 1964

The Long Beach Museum of Art

HOUSED IN A CONVERTED 1912 MANSION, which was initially opened as a municipal art center in 1951, the Long Beach Museum of Art has rapidly developed into one of the most active art museums in southern California. Classified in terms of annual budget and physical plant, the Long Beach Museum of Art must be designated a small museum. Quite fortunately, however, its programmatic rate of growth and its increasing regional reputation have successfully exceeded a number of the inherent and obvious restrictions of any small, new center.

The museum’s primary policy is broadly educational in nature: to provide cultural experience and exposure in the field of the visual fine arts for the widest possible audience living in the city of Long Beach and a number of neighboring communities in both Los Angeles and Orange counties. This primary aim is implemented by means of a regularly changing program of

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