Italian American Museum of Los Angeles
About the Italian American Museum
The Italian American Museum is located in the Italian Hall, a historic building in downtown Los Angeles that was constructed in 1908 to serve as a social and cultural center for the Italian community. Located in what was once the core of the city’s Italian enclave, the Italian Hall was the site of countless events such as weddings, meetings and concerts. Today, the Italian Hall is the oldest surviving structure from Los Angeles’ little Italy and is listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places. It is part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument (the birthplace of the city of Los Angeles and its most historic area).
When the historic significance of the Italian Hall became evident in 1988, the Italian community organized a group to secure use of the Hall and raise funds to develop a museum. The Historic Italian Hall Foundation was incorporated in 1993, and in 1998, was granted a 501 (c) 3 exemption as a non-profit organization.
Slated to open in 2013, the Italian American Museum will feature historical and art exhibitions, an oral history and research archive and a multi-media center. The Museum will serve as a mixed-use facility, hosting a variety of community events. It will be cooperatively administered by the Historic Italian Hall Foundation and the City of Los Angeles.
About the Historic Italian Hall Foundation
The Historic Italian Hall Foundation is a charitable, non-profit corporation that acts as a support group and community link for the museum, raising money through grants and contributions from individuals, corporations and organizations. With the museum’s opening slated for 2013, the Historic Italian Hall Foundation focuses its efforts on the development of a 21st century, world-class museum.
The Mission Italian American Museum of Los Angeles
The mission of the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles is to foster a deeper understanding of Southern California and the nation’s heritage through research, historic preservation, exhibitions and educational programs that examine the history and continuing contributions of Italian Americans and Italians.