A multimillion-dollar restoration process has breathed new life into the original site of J. Paul Getty's first museum. A trip to this visionary's realm is an educational experience set in an enthralling and awe-inspiring environment. Take in the marvelous architecture as you explore the halls housing Greek, Roman, and Etruscan art collections and antiquities. Over 1,200 works are on display in various galleries devoted to the permanent collection, with additional galleries for rotating exhibitions. The Villa prides itself on its jewelry assortment and coin collection. The iconic, bronze kouros, Victorious Youth is a great crowd drawer.
Endowed by industrialist, financier and philanthropist Norton Simon (1907-1993), the Norton Simon Museum that bears his name is an extraordinary window into art and antiquities. This museum houses the single largest collection of art assembled by one man. Here you will find art spanning seven centuries and exhibited both in the galleries and in the charming gardens. Simon collected 2,000 years worth of Hindu art, as well as works from Tibet, Nepal and Cambodia. In addition, there are works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Goya, Botticelli, Renoir, Van Gogh and many more. The bookstore has an outstanding collection of art books. See their website for further details.
Gene Autry opened this museum in 1988 to showcase western history. The museum features several rotating exhibits as well as a permanent collection. Art and artifacts from the Old West are on display, from the West's prehistoric roots to the 20th Century's Hollywood glamorization of the Wild West. Using film, radio and television clips, and a hands-on discovery center for children, the museum sheds a bright light on this part of the nation's heritage.
The latest addition to LACMA's sprawling grounds, Resnick Pavilion dazzles art lovers with its architectural elegance and brilliant contents alike. Conceived and designed by the renowned Renzo Piano of the Centre Pompidou fame, this building beautifully completes the western wing of the LACMA vast campus and in itself constitutes an ‘acre of arts'. Come here to browse a considerable collection of art and artifacts from all over the world, spanning the time period from the ancient eras to present day. Whether you make a day of it by selectively exploring the treasures of the main LACMA collections and the neighboring BCAM (a.k.a. the Broad) along with your visit to the Resnick, or focus your attentions on the pavilion alone, your experience is bound to be rewarding.
Psychiatry: An Industry of Death is a unique museum in more than a few ways. As the name suggests, it is an Anti-Psychiatry organization that features various documents, video clippings and other such “evidence” against Psychiatry. The intent is to increase awareness about the medical specialty that encourages the use of addictive drugs in the name of therapy. Funded and managed by the Church of Scientology, the museum located in Hollywood is reportedly supported by many celebrities. Psychiatry: An Industry of Death is interesting, makes a few good arguments and gets you questioning a lot of things; another great thing about is that the admission free.
Designed as a replica of an imperial Chinese palace, the Pacific Asia Museum is a veritable treasure trove of artifacts from Pacific Asian countries, such as Japan and China. Established in 1971, the museum's 17,000 pieces have been donated by Pasadena art collector Grace Nicholson, who passed away in 1948. Her love of art has been translated in to this museum that features the best of Asian art, sculptures and ceramics, which date back to the Han and Ming dynasties. Make sure you drop into the courtyard garden, which has been designed to look exactly like a Chinese garden.