Fowler Museum at UCLA

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The Fowler Museum

The Fowler Museum at UCLA or more commonly, The Fowler is a museum on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) which explores art and material culture primarily from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and the Americas, past and present.

The Fowler is generally home to three to six art exhibitions and also acts as a venue for lectures on cultural topics, musical performances, art workshops, family programs, festivals and more. The museum was established in 1963, and moved into a new facility on September 30, 1992. The Fowler is located in the northern part of UCLA's Westwood Campus, adjacent to Royce Hall and Glorya Kaufman Hall. Admission to the museum is free.

The museum, which has free admission, is operated under the jurisdiction of UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture (UCLA Arts).


The museum was established in 1963 by then UCLA Chancellor Franklin D. Murphy as the Museum and Laboratories of Ethnic Arts and Technology. Its first home was in the basement of Haines Hall on the UCLA campus. The goal of this new museum was to consolidate the various collections of non-Western art and artifacts on campus. In addition to active collecting, the museum initiated research projects, fieldwork, exhibitions and publications.

In 1971 the name was changed to the Museum of Cultural History and by 1975 its collections, in numbers and in quality, ranked it among the top four university museums in the country, a stature it retains to the present day.

A large facility called the Fowler Museum of Cultural History opened on September 30, 1992, named in recognition of lead support by the Fowler Foundation and the family of collector and inventor Francis E. Fowler Jr. In 2006 the name of the Museum was formally changed to the Fowler Museum at UCLA.


  • Reflecting Culture: The Francis E. Fowler, Jr. Collection of Silver
  • Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives
  • Fowler in Focus: Art and the Unbreakable Spirit of Haiti
  • Jam Session: America's Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the World
  • Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley
  • His Masters' Tools: Recent Work by Allan deSouza

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Coordinates: 34°4′22″N 118°26′35″W / 34.07278°N 118.44306°W / 34.07278; -118.44306