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
6 days
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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 which enriches your appreciation of their visionary collectors.
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On Your Feet
Four 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 ...

  • Enjoy a private, docent-led exploration of the permanent exhibitions in the Ahmanson Building, the original building of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art complex.
  • 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.
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Jill Swaim
Jill Swaim is a retired elementary/middle school teacher. She taught for 39 years in San Diego, Oceanside, and Santa Paula, all districts in California. She has worked for Elderhostel/Road Scholar for the last ten years as a group leader and has become a volunteer ambassador for this organization. Her hobbies are her grandchildren, travel, and volunteering. She loves Road Scholar!
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