First U.S. Flagship Location for Arte Museum Coming to Santa Monica, California

Arte Museum Korea. Photo Credit: © d’strict Korea.

The first U.S. flagship location for Arte Museum, the immersive media art exhibition, is coming to Santa Monica Place in California.

The 48,000-square-foot immersive art destination will replace the former ArcLight Cinemas location on the open-air property’s third level and is set to open in late 2023. Arte Museum is expected to draw one million visitors annually to Santa Monica Place, reports Macerich, the developer of Santa Monica Place.

“We are very pleased to welcome Arte Museum, the internationally lauded media art exhibition space, to Santa Monica Place, which also is the permanent home of Cayton Children’s Museum and has hosted a number of other highly successful experiential attractions, including the first retail property location for Candytopia,” says Cory Scott, executive vice president, asset management, Macerich.

“The immersive, experience-driven Arte Museum is an excellent fit for Santa Monica Place and provides a terrific example of how Macerich consistently works to evolve the retail, dining and entertainment offerings in each of our markets to match consumer preferences,” Scott continues. “This new use represents the first executed lease in our planned repurposing of the former Bloomingdale’s box, and we look forward to announcing details on the other uses – including high-end fitness – for the remainder of this exceptionally well-positioned space.”

Arte Museum, which will also open in Las Vegas in early 2023, is planned and produced by d’strict, a world-class digital design company. Arte Museum is Korea’s most popular media art exhibition space, attracting more than 3.7 million visitors in the 26 months since making its debut in 2020.