So this past Saturday my family and I decided to check out the Getty Center. They were having an exhibition on photography and Queen Victoria, and my sister had never been so of course we had to go!
The Getty is right off the 405 in Los Angeles. It does cost about $15 to park, but it is free entrance to the museum and their special exhibitions.
After parking the car, you'll take the famous Getty tram up the hill and to one of the best museums in Los Angeles.
One of the best things about the Getty is the fantastic view of Los Angeles. On a good day (LA language for no smog in the area) you can see right to the ocean, and with the beautiful Getty gardens, it creates some perfect picnic spots.
One of the reasons why we went to the Getty was because there is an exhibition right now on Queen Victoria and her use of early photography. Vicky is one of my favorite British monarchs and us sharing a birthday may or may not contribute to my favoritism...
Not only does the Getty have a fantastic collection of works and a gorgeous view, but the view within the Getty is pretty spectacular. The architecture, fountains, and garden makes this one of the prettiest museums I have seen especially in the United States.
Everywhere you go there is another view or another art work!
There are works by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck, Georges de la Tour, Orazio Gentileschi, Titian, Renoir, Monet, and Vincent von Gough. Just to name a few of my favorites! They also have a great collection of Medieval works, and they always seem to have a special exhibition on Illuminated Manuscripts.
When you arrive at the Getty Center don't forget to pick up your iPod touch/audio guide to use for free! It gives an unique perspective on some of the more important or significant works within the Getty collection or the current exhibitions.
I would highly recommend checking out the Queen Victoria photography exhibition while it is at the Getty.
I could spend all day at the Getty looking at the gardens and the massive collection of artwork.