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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 a close look at the life and collections of local art enthusiasts.
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Program No. 1183RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,599
California

Art Collectors and Their Collections

Discover the beauty of Southern California’s best museums, enjoying private showings, lectures, docent-led walks and a close look at the life and collections of local art enthusiasts.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,599
Program No. 1183 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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DATES & starting prices
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May 2 - May 7, 2021
Small group
Starting at
1,749
Sep 12 - Sep 17, 2021
Small group
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1,749
Oct 31 - Nov 5, 2021
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1,599
Nov 28 - Dec 3, 2021
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1,599
Jan 16 - Jan 21, 2022
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1,659
Feb 20 - Feb 25, 2022
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1,659
Mar 13 - Mar 18, 2022
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1,659
Apr 24 - Apr 29, 2022
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1,659
May 1 - May 6, 2022
Small group
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1,799
Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
Small group
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1,799
Oct 9 - Oct 14, 2022
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1,659
Nov 27 - Dec 2, 2022
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1,659
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 2 - May 7, 2021
Small group
Starting at
2,219
Sep 12 - Sep 17, 2021
Small group
Starting at
2,219
Oct 31 - Nov 5, 2021
Starting at
2,059
Nov 28 - Dec 3, 2021
Starting at
2,059
Jan 16 - Jan 21, 2022
Starting at
2,149
Feb 20 - Feb 25, 2022
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2,149
Mar 13 - Mar 18, 2022
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2,149
Apr 24 - Apr 29, 2022
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2,149
May 1 - May 6, 2022
Small group
Starting at
2,299
Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
Small group
Starting at
2,299
Oct 9 - Oct 14, 2022
Starting at
2,149
Nov 27 - Dec 2, 2022
Starting at
2,149

At a Glance

Be treated to several of Southern California’s finest art museums and leave the driving to us! The Los Angeles area’s distinguished collections are on display in several grand museums. Daily in-depth lectures prior to the visits provide an orientation to the museums that enriches your appreciation of their visionary collectors.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Five museum field trips involve several blocks of walking at a time and standing up to one hour on docent tours. Must be able to easily get on/off bus.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Study the life of J. Paul Getty and examine his collections of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present against a backdrop of dramatic architecture, tranquil gardens and breathtaking views of the city.
  • Discover Norton Simon’s collection of art from Europe and Asia on a docent-led walk, and experience the museum of Arabella and Henry Huntington, an oasis of art and culture amid 207 acres of gardens.
  • Enjoy a private docent-led exploration of the highlights of The Broad's architecture and its collection; embark on a self-led exploration of Los Angeles' only artist-founded museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art.

General Notes

Select dates are designated for small groups and are limited to 24 participants or less.
Featured Expert
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Paul R. Spitzzeri
A California historian and author of numerous works on such topics as railroad development and regulation, overland emigration, and criminal justice, Paul R. Spitzzeri received his bachelor’s and master’s in history from California State University, Fullerton. He is Museum Director of the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum near Los Angeles and an Award of Merit recipient from the American Association for State and Local History for his biography of the Workman and Temple families.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Simon Kenrick View biography
A 23-year veteran of Road Scholar, Simon was previously a political journalist, neighborhood artist and kindergarten teacher. He teaches art history at San Francisco State University and Osher Lifelong Learning in Berkeley. Widely traveled in the U.S. and Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, he brings to life his personal knowledge of works and sites in his Road Scholar talks, museum and architectural tours—from Classical Greece and Rome to medieval Morocco, Impressionist Paris and the cutting-edge arts of the contemporary city.
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Lilit Sadoyan View biography
Lilit Sadoyan graduated with a bachelor’s in fine arts with an emphasis on painting and a bachelors in mathematics from USC. Her passion for museums led to an internship at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, a position at a Beverly Hills art gallery, and back to the J. Paul Getty Museum, where she has been a Gallery Teacher for five years. She recently served as an instructor at UCLA Extension and a curatorial research assistant at The Huntington Art Collections.
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Paul R. Spitzzeri View biography
A California historian and author of numerous works on such topics as railroad development and regulation, overland emigration, and criminal justice, Paul R. Spitzzeri received his bachelor’s and master’s in history from California State University, Fullerton. He is Museum Director of the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum near Los Angeles and an Award of Merit recipient from the American Association for State and Local History for his biography of the Workman and Temple families.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
As I See It: The Autobiography of J. Paul Getty
by J. Paul Getty
The famous L.A. tycoon recounts his life in his own words in this timely autobiography: it was published right before his death in 1976.
Ways of Seeing
by John Berger
Art critic, painter, essayist and Booker Prize-winning novelist Berger concentrates on how we look at art in this eye-opening and influential classic.
William Mulholland and the Rise of Los Angeles
by Catherine Mulholland
A biography of William Mulholland, the man who led the project of bringing water to Los Angeles. Written by his granddaughter, who seeks to dispel what she believes are common misconceptions about him.
Sidewalking, Coming to Terms With Los Angeles
by David L. Ulin
Growing out of a series of strolls, this smart, deeply affectionate portrait peels back the many layers of L.A., revealing a great city that's much more interesting than its sunny beaches, gridlock and movie stars.
Creating the Future: Art and Los Angeles in the 1970s
by Michael Fallon
Fallon contests the standard assumption that art in LA declined after the 1960s through this cultural and social history that highlights the innovative and independent voices and interesting, sometimes bizarre artwork that came out of the 1970s.
L.A. Confidential
by James Ellroy
James Ellroy's modern noir thriller, a densely plotted yarn in the style of Raymond Chandler. Made into a critically acclaimed film.
California the Beautiful
by Galen Rowell (Photographer)
Rowell's exquisite photographs are accompanied by excerpts from Joan Didion, M.F.K. Fisher, Jack London, William Saroyan and many other luminaries in this celebration of the nature and spirit of California.
Ask the Dust
by John Fante, Charles Bukowski (Introduction)
Fante's oft-forgotten classic novel of Arturo Bandini, a confused young man trying to make it as a writer in L.A.
The Art Book, Mini Edition
by Phaidon Press
A mini edition of the Phaidon classic. Marching through all periods and schools, the editors at Phaidon juxtapose salient examples of paintings, photographs, sculptures, video, installations and performance art with brief explanatory text.
Building the Getty
by Richard Meier
An account of the construction of the Getty Center, written by its architect.
California, A History
by Kevin Starr
A lively short history in the excellent Modern Library Chronicles series, written by a renowned historian.
Fodor's Los Angeles
by Maria Burwell (Editor)
A practical guide in the popular series, saturated with valuable information on accommodation, shopping, sights, and dining.
Water to the Angels, William Mulholland, His Monumental Aqueduct, and the Rise of Los Angeles
by Les Standiford
In this powerful, beautifully-told biography, Standiford narrates William Mulholland’s drive to bring water from the Sierra Nevadas to Los Angeles, one of the greatest civil engineering feats in history.
Los Angeles City Center Map
by Berndtson & Berndtson
A map of the center of L.A.
Art in Time, A World History of Styles and Movements
by The Editors of Phaidon Press
In this innovative compendium, art scholars reveal fascinating connections between great works of art, art movements and historical progress. Moving from present to antiquity, they highlight 450 paintings, sculptures, photographs, installations, video and new media from around the world.
Where I Was From
by Joan Didion
Supreme essayist Didion's personal history of California spanning the 18th to 21st centuries. More than a family chronicle, it's also a provocative cultural critique that attacks the myth of the Sunshine State.
The Story of Art
by E. H. Gombrich
Comprehensive and introductory without being elementary, this celebrated work is essential reading for anyone with any interest in art, architecture or aesthetics.
The Getty Center: Richard Meier & Partners
by Richard Meier, Michael Brawn
A photographic tour of the Getty Center.





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