Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking and standing for up to 1.5 hours on docent-led visit; stairs or elevator between floors. Extent and duration of walking and standing during independent exploration according to personal choice.
We'll enjoy a plentiful buffet featuring a variety of choices including both hot and cold selections, coffee, tea, juice, and water.
At the hotel, an art historian will lead a captivating lecture on the historical background of Los Angeles museums and the art enthusiasts of Los Angeles and their world renowned collections. Personalities including Henry Huntington, J. Paul Getty, Norton Simon, and Charles Lummis made their living in Los Angeles and contributed to its becoming a major city in California. Each of their collections, ranging from Native American photography and prints to European masterpieces, are housed in museums throughout the city. After class, we’ll depart the hotel via motorcoach for the Norton Simon Museum. We'll go on a private docent-led walk of the Norton Simon Museum. We will then have time to explore the collections and the sculpture garden on our own. Like Monet’s Giverny, the garden at the Norton Simon Museum is a living work of art providing tranquil and inspirational surroundings for the Museum and its visitors. Many come to sketch the attractive landscaping and featured sculptures or simply relax and enjoy the atmosphere.
At the Norton Simon Museum Café, we'll have a meal consisting of a healthy wrap, side salad, cookie, and bottled water.
We'll continue our independent exploration of the Norton Simon Museum.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
We’ll wrap up the evening with a video presentation of “Concert of Wills: Making the Getty Center” along with an opportunity for questions and answers afterwards. A massive undertaking that took more than a decade, the Getty Center rises out of the hill top, growing out of the natural geography of the area. The monumental complex required the gathering of creative personalities from numerous fields, which gave way to conflict and tension.