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Art Collectors and Their Collections

Discover the beauty of Southern California’s best museums, enjoying private showings, lectures, docent-led walks and an in-depth look at the life and collections of J. Paul Getty.
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Program No. 1183RJ
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6 days
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1,499
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Barbara
(5)

If you love art, the program called Art Collectors and Their Collections is for you. I wouldn't have missed it for the world!

Patricia
(5)

This was my 75 Road Scholar experience. Always excellent. Be sure to read the information sent by Road Scholar before registering so you won't be disappointed - especially when it comes to "activity level".

Katherine
(5)

Wonderful museums and excellent presentations by scholars. So many single women attended which made for the most comfortable tour I have been on.

Patricia
(5)

Great program. The lectures given before the museum tours, are informative and the stories of the collectors so interesting!

Alice
(5)

What a great way to see museums in LA. Enjoyed the educational componet. Great Hotel location. Did several activities in the area on my own during free time. Easy to get to hotel from LAX.

Leslie
(5)

Definitely art-centered but lots of local history included. I loved the program, and I am not an art scholar by any means - it is very accessible to the average art lover. Bus rides weren't long and were very comfortable, plus we saw lots of local sites going to and from the museums.

Carol
(5)

A great opportunity to enjoy some outstanding museums which are spread out from LA and would not be easy to get to by car. We had a comfortable bus and terrific driver (Donna) and enthusiastic leader, Nadine, who had all the logistics worked out. Excellent accommodations at LA Grand Hotel. Lecturers and docents gave fascinating background information.

Patricia
(5)

great informative fun trip. Our leader Gail was helpful and friendly and knowledgeable.

Madeleine
(5)

I liked this trip. John C. was an excellent group leader, very organized, and usually clear (except when he held up a map he was pointing to and didn't make sure everyone could see where he was pointing). The hotel and its food were a cut about what I have come to expect from RoadScholar, which pleased me. All the lecturers were very good. Their background on the collectors enhanced my visits to the museums. The museums were great, of course, and I appreciated the mixture of free time and docent-led tours. I was happy we were able to visit The Broad in addition. I have a nit to pick about the ear phone symbol on the yellow itinerary sheet. The symbol was placed in the margin next to the description of the morning lecture. I assumed it meant the ear phone was needed for the lecture, and consequently I didn't always have it with me for the museum docents' lectures. John could have been more clear about specifying when it was to be needed.

Susan
(5)

Each of the museums visited had something different to offer. We were well prepared to appreciate all we saw by the knowledgeable lecturers. As a couch potato I was glad to have brought a walker with a seat. The exhaustion at the end of each 5 hour museum visit was well worth the fabulous experience. The hotel was the nicest in all of my 14 Road Scholar trips. We were offered chicken, fish or pasta at every dinner.

Diane
(5)

Fine until end when I couldn’t submit completed survey unless I filled in friend fields so filled in my own.

Alice
(5)

This was a great program with lots of art and art history. Be prepared to stand a long time. Time is limited so you'll want to see as much art as possible, but it's tiring.

David
(5)

An excellent program in every respect, with particularly good speakers.

Lorna
(5)

We loved this program, the speakers were excellent and it was wonderful to see the great LA museums without having to drive to them. The hotel is in a great location downtown for walking to other venues.

Tess
(5)

As a midwesterner, I had never felt that L.A. was an approachable city in terms of public transportation. We saw instances of that improving, but museum websites give directions only in terms of driving. While we aren't luddites, we don't have a smart phone which makes some options off limits to us. This trip seemed like the perfect way of getting into museums we had heard of and others which we had not. We also were able to knock off two destinations which we had wondered about: the city's earliest start as well as La Brea Pits.

Karen
(5)

Great Program but lots and lots of museum walking. You need good feet and good shoes.

Sandra
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

We thoroughly enjoyed this experience. Jill was superb group leader. Teachers were very knowledgeable. They welcomed interaction, even challenges, from participants. Hotel food service was great. Room was deficient in lighting; fixtures near beds but no lighting at wall near desk or luggage storage. Our concern is that there was no Extension on this schedule for us to visit the Broad and MOCA. I understand there is an Extension in December but we are told we cannot participate then.

Mary
(5)

Re: Mar 18-23, 2018 trip. This trip was well organized. The L.A. downtown hotel is currently privately owned and above most standard road scholar hotels by far. The hotel restaurant provides excellent gourmet quality food in a convivial setting. My two complaints would be poorwi fi service and out of date TV service compared to what is being offered at Marriott Residence inns in California that offer access to Apple TV, etc. However, you are kept so busy, the TV hardly matters. I suggest that the itinerary include the Broad and contemporary art museums nearby with an option to attend a symphony at a Disney complex also nearby. I suggest dropping the overcommercialized Huntington museum. Extra night out recommendation: nearby new Michelin Star NYC restaurant, NoMad. Very popular, not sedate, but excellent service and food. I am familiar with most R.S. West Coast Signature City hotel venues...none come close to this one. M.B.

James
(5)

Delightful experience. Well worth the time, effort and money.

Betty
(5)

If you are interested in the stories behind the art museums in this program the instructors presented informative and humorous information. The four sites are all so different. Learning the history of Los Angeles from an instructor and our leader was interesting. I came away intrigued and inspired to go home and work on my own art projects. Betty Van Ryder






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