The Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center, more commonly known as the Hammer Museum, was founded in 1990 by Armand Hammer, the late chief executive of Occidental Petroleum Corporation. Besides showcasing historic and contemporary art, the museum has programs that include lectures, film screenings and musical performances. The center, managed by UCLA, interprets visual art and shows the work of artists often underrepresented. In 1994, Bill Gates bought Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester, a collection of scientific writings, for $30.8 million.
Take the I-405 north. Stay on the I-405 north for about 45 miles. Take the Wilshire Boulevard exit and merge onto Wilshire Boulevard, driving toward Westwood. Continue on Wilshire Boulevard for about one mile until you reach the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center, on the left. Parking is available under the museum. For the first three hours with a museum stamp, parking is $3. Another $1.50 is added for every 20-minute period beyond the first three hours. Disabled parking is provided on levels P1 and P3.