Founded by artists Noah and Karon Davis in 2012, The Underground Museum (The UM) is an arts and culture center operating out of four converted storefronts in the Arlington Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. We bring art experiences traditionally reserved for major institutions to diverse audiences for free. We believe that art is an essential part of a vibrant, just, and healthy society and that increasing access to art will inspire, educate, and transform lives.
The UM is a cultural hub that ensures no one has to travel outside the neighborhood to see world-class art, or learn from leading thinkers, educators, chefs, and artists. With the help of countless collaborators, we have brought art, culture, and wellness directly to our neighborhood while also amplifying the importance of local Black leadership on a global scale. Since our founding, we have exhibited or worked with cultural luminaries such as Angela Davis, Arthur Jafa, Barry Jenkins, Catherine Opie, Deana Lawson, EJ Hill, Fred Moten, Hans Haacke, Jason Moran, Kara Walker, Lorna Simpson, Patrisse Cullors, and others. In addition to our artistic program, we offer free yoga and meditation classes to our neighbors, as well as fresh food distribution and events for adults, kids, and families in our space and garden.
Noah Davis was an artist and curator who founded The Underground Museum in Los Angeles in 2012 with his wife and fellow artist, Karon Davis.
The Underground Museum is located on Washington Blvd. between 5th and 6th Avenues in the Arlington Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Our space is available for rentals on a case-by-case basis. To inquire about hosting a private event at The Underground Museum, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Street parking is available on Washington Blvd. and the residential streets surrounding the museum. Please be mindful of our neighbors by closely following all posted signage.
Wednesday–Sunday: 12 – 6pm
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Admission to all exhibitions and public events is free.
You can order books directly to your doorstep from our online shop. We are not able to offer international shipping at this time.
Service animals are welcome throughout the museum and garden. Pets are not permitted.