Masonic Temple art museum will open in late May

Bianca Barragan

The Marciano Art Foundation is set to open May 25, but tickets are available now

The art museum showcasing the private collection of jeans moguls Maurice and Paul Marciano is set to open this month in the former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple on Wilshire Boulevard.

The Marciano Art Foundation’s website says the museum will open May 25. And, the Larchmont Buzz reports there will be two exhibits: one, a display of items from the Marciano brothers’ collection, and the other, “the first West Coast institutional solo show of Jim Shaw entitled ‘The Wig Museum.’”

The Buzz notes that most neighborhood residents who have had the chance preview the museum seem impressed with the building’s dramatic transformation, specifically in the former temple theater, which has been “gutted” and is now a very large and raw space.

The Marciano brothers bought the temple, which is located near Rossmore, in 2013.It was built in 1961 and designed by architectural designer and artist Millard Sheets.

Not long after it was purchased by the Marcianos, wHY Architecture signed on to renovate the 100,000-square-foot space so that it could be used to display art from the brothers’ private collection. In 2014, renderings of the planned minimalist interiors were released. The new museum will be called the Marciano Art Foundation.

The one and only #JimShaw in the Theater Gallery preparing for the opening of his solo exhibition, Jim Shaw: The Wig Museum. | #TheWigMuseum

Tickets to the museum are free and available now, but reservations are required. Parking is also free.

For those who can’t wait until May 25, here’s a short video tour of the interior:

Coming soon ✨ 🎥 by @barronnessvonwachsberger
🔎 We found a treasure trove of objects left behind by the original Scottish Rite Masonic Temple inhabitants. You can see them all in #RelicRoom, an inaugural exhibition in the renovated Masonic Library.