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April 19, 2010

The best art museums in Los Angeles

Los Angeles has a fantastic selection of Art Museums for any connoisseur to visit. They are diverse and eclectic and all have something wonderful to offer.

Los Angeles County Art Museum- Lacma

5905 Wilshire Blvd

Founded in 1910 as part of the Museum of Science, History and Art the museum now has over 100,000 pieces of art in its collection spanning the years from ancient times to the present. The collection here is so deep that many painting, sculptures and other works of art may not be on display. If there is a particular piece you are interested in seeing the Lacma website will tell you which pieces are on display at any given time. Their collection covers the entire globe from Southeast Asia and Islamic art to American and European. Expect to find sculpture by Degas, Rodin and della Robbia and works of art by Rembrandt, Rubens, Titian, Veronese, Boucher, Cezanne, Holbein, Tintoretto, Sargent, Copley, Homer and Cassatt. They also have a fine collection of California artists represented.

On the second Tuesday of each month, general admission to the permanent galleries and non-ticketed exhibitions is free to all. Most days there is a spotlight tour lasting 15 minutes at 1:30pm. In Focus Tours which last 20-25 minutes are offered most days at 1:30pm. Permanent collection tours are given daily but you need to check the calendar on their website. http://www.lacma.org

The Getty

1200 Getty Center Drive

The Building Housing the Getty Collection is a work of art in itself. Set up on a hill it offers great views and a very open and spacious feeling. This is the collection of Billionaire J.P. Getty and therefore reflects his taste in art. There are a few antiquities here, the majority of them are housed at his Villa. The bulk of the collection is Western Art . There are five pavilions that display this collection. Expect to see works by Chardin, Cezanne, Alma Tadema, Daumier, David, Degas, Durer, Van Gogh , Vigee LeBrun and much more. This is a fantastic not to be missed collection.

All of this is offered free to the public. There is an audio guide to help you find your way through the collection ($). Parking is $8 and no longer needs to be reserved.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino,

Though technically not in LA proper this is one of my favorite museums and is close enough to Los Angles to make it worth adding to the list.

The Huntington Museum is located in San Marino which is just a short

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