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30 Must-See Museums: Los Angeles

The Getty Center

LA's Getty Center features masterworks including van Gogh’s “Irises” and five Cézannes.

The Getty Center
Its isolated position atop the Santa Monica mountain ridge encourages its comparison to an acropolis of culture. Swathed in Italian travertine marble, Richard Meier’s architectural masterwork houses the ever-expanding art and sculpture collection originated by billionaire and oil magnate J. Paul Getty, all displayed within five pavilions bridged by walkways and surrounding a central courtyard.

Highlights: Masterworks include van Gogh’s “Irises” and five Cézannes (including “Still Life with Apples”), offset by esoteric collections, from Renaissance to impressionism to 18th-century European decorative arts.

Insider Info:
The most magical moment is Saturday evening, when the museum stays open late for spectacular views.

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