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New Museum of Art and History prepares to open in Lancaster

May 2, 2012 |  5:24 pm

The city of Lancaster is scheduled to welcome a new museum to its main boulevard this weekend and city officials boast that it will be the artistic pride of the Antelope Valley.

The Museum of Art and History, or MOAH, will open to the public on The BLVD on Saturday with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by tours, musical performances, and hands-on art activities.

“Every region needs an epicenter for the arts,” Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris said in prepared remarks. The museum “will quickly become the epicenter of the artistic community for all of north Los Angeles County.”

According to information released about the museum, the nearly 20,000-square-foot facility will feature five galleries, a store, and a rooftop patio and classroom to host events. It is expected to house first-class works of art borrowed from institutions such as the J. Paul Getty Museum. Other highlights include climate controls, security and lighting suitable for delicate artwork and documents.

The three main art exhibitions showcased at the grand opening will be: “Smooth Operations: Substance and Surface in Southern California Art,” which looks at the use of new and nontraditional material in the fabrication of art; “Indians, Gold Miners and Gunslingers: A Look Back at Lancaster in the Old West,” which presents a visual timeline of the history of Lancaster utilizing artifacts and historic photographs; and “The Painted Desert,” an exhibit which celebrates the local desert landscape in traditional and nontraditional painting styles.

The museum will operate between 11 a.m.  to 6 p.m every day, except for Thursdays, when it will remain open to 8 p.m. to coincide with the weekly Farmers Market on The BLVD. General admission will be $5 for visitors over the age of 6, and $3 for students and seniors. Free admission will be offered every Sunday, as well as during Saturday’s grand opening celebration, which will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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