10 Things You May Not Know About the Hammer!
Here's 10 fun facts about the Hammer! Read on to learn how as a part of our free membership program, you can spin around in our courtyard chairs, attend a public program in our on-site theater, and learn a little history behind our vast art collections.
- 1.Admission to the Hammer is FREE! But How?If you’ve ever visited the Hammer but got to keep your wallet in your pocket, you have Erika J. Glazer and Brenda R. Potter to thank, whose generous donation allows the museum to be free for all, free for good!
- 2.Who run the world? Students.Whether checking in visitors at the Welcome Desk or keeping an eye out in the galleries, our student staff from local colleges and universities ensure the Hammer is friendly and accessible for everyone!
- 3.Get with the program!With nearly 300 events a year, including screenings, readings, lectures, tours, symposiums, and more, there's sure to be a program for everyone!
- 4.Catch our programs *virtually* anywhere.Almost all our public programs are streamed live through the Hammer website -- just in case you get stuck in traffic and can't make it on time to the BWT!
- 5.Wait -- what's the BWT?Our beautiful onsite theater, the Billy Wilder Theater, opened in 2006 thanks to a donation from Audrey Wilder, widow of the great cinematic figure Billy Wilder.
- 6.The Hammer is a great place for kids!The Hammer Kids program works to make the museum experience fun and accessible for kids and parents. We have family friendly programming nearly every Sunday for the whole family to enjoy.
- 7.Block Party!Designed by artist Marmol Radziner, these Lego-like wooden blocks are enjoyed by kids and adults alike!
- 8.We Got Five On ItThe Hammer Museum is home to five collections of art: the Hammer Contemporary Collection, the collection of the UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden, the Armand Hammer Collection, and the Armand Hammer Daumier and Contemporaries Collection.
- 9.A Bit of HistoryThe Hammer was founded by Dr. Armand Hammer as a venue to exhibit his impressive art collection. Sadly, Dr. Hammer passed away less than a month after his namesake museum opened to the public in November of 1990.
- 10.Spin Me Right RoundThe Hammer's famous "spin chairs," designed like life-sized spinning tops, were a gift from Herman Miller after an exhibition of the architect Thomas Heatherwick’s work was shown here in 2015.