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2015 Travel Guide to California

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30 2 0 1 5 T R A V E L G U I D E T O C A L I F O R N I A CA.MUSEUMS & ART Infinite Creativity California's museums celebrate the human spirit BY JEFF GREENWALD Few places in the United States—few countries in the world, in fact—offer the astonishing variety of California's museums. From the famous Tactile Dome in San Francisco's Exploratorium to the sensuous Asian gods and goddesses at Pasadena's Norton Simon Museum, there's a gallery for every interest and obsession. California has provided fertile ground for artists of every stripe, whether their medium is oil paint or HD video displays. And because it's such a diverse state, California's museums promote and cele- brate a broad spectrum of cultures. Whether you're inspired by Diego Rivera's murals, Rodin's Thinker or the moons of Saturn, California has a museum that will enlighten and inspire you. The Arts Visiting Los Angeles? It's easy to spend hours gleefully lost in the galleries at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The museum always features some great temporary exhibitions, but don't miss their permanent collections of Asian, African and Japanese art. Deeper down- town, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) and Geffen Contemporary show- case the best in 20 th - and 21 st -century painting, sculpture and conceptual artwork. But the biggest art event of 2015 will cer- SAN FRANCISCO FINE ARTS The Legion of Honor, above, commands a dramatic seXing atop Lincoln Park with views of the grand Pacific Ocean. Combined with the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, they form the largest public arts institution in San Francisco. STEVE WHITTAKER, FINE ARTS MUSEUMS OF SF. OPPOSITE: JORG HACKEMANN/SHUTTERSTOCK; ORHAN CAM/SHUTTERSTOCK

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