Great small museum in the heart of Westwood
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I love the Hammer for its size, and because it's always free for UCLA students (it's free for everyone on Thursdays). I got hooked after their Societe Anonyme exhibition and have been going back ever since whenever I need a quick culture fix. The permanent collection houses some surprisingly impressive pieces, and the smaller size of the museum makes it a pleasantly manageable activity. There's always a great installation in the lobby, and one of my favorite parts of the whole place is the gift shop, which has a dazzling array of great books and beautiful gifts. They also play host to great speakers and the Billy Wilder Theatre shows a number of preview screenings and old classics. If parking's got you down, there's a lot about two blocks away on Broxton that allows two free hours of parking if you enter before 6:01 pm.