Travel Guide to California

2017 Travel Guide to California

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62 2 0 1 7 T R A V E L G U I D E T O C A L I F O R N I A Celebrating the Human Spirit Art, science and culture flourish on the Left Coast BY JEFF GREENWALD & LAURIE WEED The Golden State is rich in museums, sci- ence centers and thriving arts scenes, all in astonishing variety. From the San Francisco Bay Area to San Diego, you are never far from a world-class art collection. In addi- tion, there are museums highlighting natural and cultural history, science and technology, and many that celebrate the diverse cultures of the state's more than 39 million residents. Whether you prefer to ogle modern art or antiquities, space shut- tles or steam engines, you're sure to find at least one museum to dazzle you. The Arts Visiting LA? It's easy to spend hours glee- fully lost in the galleries at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) and Geffen Contemporary showcase the best in 20 th - and 21 st -century painting, sculpture and conceptual artwork. The renowned Getty Museum includes both the Getty Center, a modern architec- tural wonder perched atop a hill in the Brentwood district, and the Getty Villa in Malibu, which focuses on classical Greek and Roman art and is styled after an ancient Roman villa. Pasadena's Norton Simon dis- plays a spectrum of European and Modern artists amid a serene sculpture garden. In nearby San Marino, The Huntington fea- tures an impressive library, art collections and 120 acres of botanical gardens. The Santa Barbara Museum of Art deserves recognition for its ambitious and imaginative exhibitions. San Diego's Museum of Contemporary Art features a variety of exhibits in two locations, the his- toric Jacob building downtown and their NORTON SIMON MUSEUM The Norton Simon Museum began as the Pasadena Art Institute in 1922 and was renamed in 1975 for art collector and museum director Norton Simon. The museum comprises a collection of about 12,000 objects that include paintings by Raphael, Rembrandt, van Gogh and Degas, and a significant collection of Indian and Southeast Asian sculpture that spans more than 2500 years. Above, an art student traces the lines of a sculpture in one of the museum's galleries. NORTON SIMON ART FOUNDATION. OPPOSITE: MATT MARRIOTT/LA CVB; IWAN BAAN, COURTESY SFMOMA MUSEUMS & ART

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