Updated digs also include Verdant Café, developed by Ross Panglinan and Nick Weber (popular), with a mainly vegetarian menu that will change weekly, featuring fresh, seasonal produce like koji roasted acorn squash with shelled beans, mushrooms, roasted endives and porcini puree. The indoor-outdoor space is located at terrace level with Scandinavian-inspired light fixtures, velvet and macrame textiles, and light wood. The exteriors are brought indoors with tall trees punctuating the dining area.
For those looking to bring the museum experience home, there is THE MIND, OCMA’s gift shop which is located in the lobby and offers visitors a glimpse of the galleries. Operated by Emmanuel Renoird and Nicolas Libert of LA and OC based concept stores Please do not enter, THE MIND hopes to become a destination within a destination by offering a rotating selection of products designed by artists and artisans. In the center is a sculptural display piece by Los Angeles-based artist Sébastien Léon, which mimics the design of the building with metal plates.
With an expanded new building, eye-catching galleries, a chic store, an innovative cafe, and free entry for all for the next decade, it’s easy to justify OCMA as an interesting cultural excursion, whether you’re a local OC or a road trip from LA or San Diego.
OCMA is open to the public for free admission with no reservations required on Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.