When people think of Los Angeles, California, museums are probably the last thing that comes to their mind. Although here you can find plenty of beaches and movie premieres, Los Angeles offers outstanding cultural activities as well. Here's a list of five of the museums in Los Angeles to be seen if the visit City of Angels.
J.P. Getty Museum
This wonder Italian stone is on a land area of approximately 500,000 square meters in the Santa Monica Mountains and was donated to the community by J. Paul Getty. The entry is free and has over 1 million visitors annually, making it one of the most visited cultural institutions in the US. The six buildings are home to its permanent collections of paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, decorative arts and many temporary exhibitions. The museum and its surroundings are huge, so get ready to spend the entire day exploring it. If you have some spare time left, do not forget to visit the Getty Villa, a beautiful and imposing Roman style mansion in Malibu.
LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Art Museum of Los Angeles holds 100,000 works and is the largest museum in the western part of the United States. It consists of several buildings and houses hosting artwork belonging to different eras and styles. Do not miss the Japanese art pavilion, a modern art collection of over 2,000 contemporary works. Urban light installation by Chris Burden, consisting of 202 street lights, stands in front of the museum and it represents a landmark for the city of Los Angeles since its inauguration in 2008.
Page Museum in La Brea Tar Pits
A wonderful location for children and young paleontologists, Page Museum is located in Rancho La Brea Tar Pits in the center of Los Angeles. Bones of Ice Age animals such as the woolly mammoth and cat teeth were unearthed and put together in the largest and most diverse collection of fauna and flora belonging to Ice Age era in the world. A window of the Page Museum laboratory allows visitors to see the researchers and technicians at work and another place allows viewing of what was discovered in the current tar pits. The museum is part of the museums of natural history “family”, along with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and William S. Hart Park and Museum.
Huntington Library and Botanical Garden
This former private property is located in San Marino, about 20 kilometers from downtown. This collection of rare books and manuscripts makes up the dream of all literary scholars. The library has a huge collection of works of the American West, with outstanding works in English, such as the Ellesmere Manuscript of the author of the Canterbury Tales and a famous collection of early editions of the works of William Shakespeare. Literature enthusiasts can enjoy four art galleries (one of which hosts regular exhibitions) and delightful garden which covers an area of over 400,000 square meters. Do not forget to make reservations for the Rose Garden Tea Room, to enjoy a snack in the afternoon and delight your eyes with the roses planted in the beautiful garden.
MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art
Located near Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting over 5,000 artworks dating from 1940 to the present. Roy Lichtenstein's works, Piet Mondrian, Jasper Johns, Diane Arbus and David Hockney among many others, they all can be found here. The ticket will offer you free entry and transport benefit from Geffen Contemporary Art Gallery of MOCA in Little Tokyo. During the summer, the museum hosts a few famous events, such as Night Vision: MOCA After Dark, where you have ten Saturdays in a row that offer you late night programs, to which the entry is free, as well.
Pic7 arrestedmotion.comFIVE OF THE MOST POPULAR MUSEUMS IN LOS ANGELES FIVE OF THE MOST POPULAR MUSEUMS IN LOS ANGELES