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Happy 45th Birthday, LACMA!

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It was 45 years ago today that the Los Angeles County Museum of Art was dedicated, and then opened to the public the following day, which means we can wish LACMA a very happy birthday this week.

Mind you, as LACMA's blog points out, when the facility opened in 1965 it was called the Los Angeles County Art Museum:

Truth be told it took a while before the museum settled on the acronym LACMA. In the beginning most people seemed to refer to it as the County Museum of Art—as differentiated from the Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science and Art, which opened back in 1913 and from which this museum would secede (leaving its original institution to become the Natural History Museum).

LACMA's blog also has some great images from the time of LACMA's debut, and we've got some of our favorite shots of LACMA from the past few years thanks to the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr.Happy 45th Birthday, LACMA!

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