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California
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
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,499
Getting There
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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.
Activity Level
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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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.
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Paul R. Spitzzeri
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Jill Swaim
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