Monday, August 24, 2015

Places to Visit - Getty Museum

I've been meaning to write about this for a long time - in fact check the date stamps on these pics - but seriously one of the best museums ever to visit is the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.  For those of you who have never been there, or even heard of it, it's specifically an art museum. Not just modern art either, but they carry original art from the old masters like Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, and Rembrandt to name a few.

I'm a museum freak for sure.  I've been to a lot of them.  When I go on trips I go find museums to visit and the Getty does not disappoint.

A lot of people avoid museums thinking that its a costly visit but its actually not depending on the museum you are going to.  In the case of the Getty Museum you pay $15 (at least the last time I was there) per vehicle for parking and that's it.  There's no admission cost.  For a large family this is actually a great, inexpensive and educational day trip. 

When you arrive you are directed to a vast underground parking structure.  Its deep and cave-like and kinda scary but worth it to get to the museum.

Once you park you take an elevator to the surface - see how scary - and from there you actually get to take a little train/tram whatever you want to call it up a steep hill to the actual museum itself.  The tram runs all day.  Here's a shot of the waiting area:

The tram drops you off right at the entrance of the museum.  You'll want to wear comfortable shoes by the way.  You can see the entire museum in one day - it will take you 6 to 8 hours and its a lot of walking.  Here's the entrance:

The buildings are modern which seems odd considering all the old artwork they have.  One building will be set aside for their current art display.  These displays include things like modern art and photography.  The rest of the buildings are dedicated to traditional and classic art.

The courtyard area is very large and has food stands and eating areas so no need to leave for lunch.  The main building (see next picture) has the largest of the gift shops.  You'll see little gift booths in random areas but the main gift shop is in the very first building.

And then comes the art.  Each type of art is separated by section.  Some is by country, so there's a section for Italian art.  Others are by time period so there's even Baroque rooms which are actual rooms you would see in a Baroque style home.  They'll even tell you where each piece in the room originally came from.

There's an impressionist's room which houses Van Gogh's Irises as well as a variety of Monet, Degas and Renoir paintings:

There's also areas for specific artists and their contemporaries like Goya and his circle and Rembrandt and other Dutch masters:

And through out the whole museum there's very impressive statues:

For art lovers out there this is one place that should be on your list to visit.  Most of us will never get to see the Louvre in Paris so the Getty Museum is an accessible way to be able to study and see classic art up close and personal.  Also, since it is in Los Angeles you'll be able to also visit and experience plenty of other things as well.

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