The J. Paul Getty Museum Los Angeles, United States

The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center features works of art dating from the eighth through the twenty-first century, showcased against a backdrop of dramatic architecture, tranquil gardens, and breathtaking views of Los Angeles. The collection includes European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and European, Asian, and American photographs.

The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa in Malibu features Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities presented in a setting modeled after a first-century Roman country house, the Villa dei Papiri in Herculaneum, Italy.

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Guide To The Getty Center In Los Angeles: What To See + Tips

Planning a visit to the Getty Center in Los Angeles? This is the ultimate guide to visiting the Getty, which is one of the best art museums in the United States. I identify 20 must see masterpieces and give you must know tips for visiting.

The Getty Center showcases the best art that money can buy. LA’s hilltop acropolis houses the magnificent collection of billionaire oil magnate J. Paul Getty.

Getty wasn’t just wealthy. He was a true connoisseur, a lifelong history buff and art lover. He built a fantastic art collection rich in Greco-Roman works and old master paintings.

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Today, 2 million tourists a year visit the Getty Center, housed in a fabulous Richard Meier designed museum space. They come for the fabulous art, gorgeous city views, water features, and lush gardens.

Overview Of The Getty Center

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J. Paul Getty was an oil tycoon and art enthusiast. He came from money and power. With a loan from his father, he invested in oil wells in the Middle East and became “the richest man in the history of the world.”

But Getty didn’t just have oil fever. Getty started seriously collecting art in the 1930s and was a passionate and lifelong collector. 

Trips to Italy left him with a taste for bronze and marble sculptures from ancient Greece and Rome. He then developed a taste for old masters from the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

Getty believed that art should be displayed in a place of “equal quality.” In 1954, he added a museum wing to his 64 acre Malibu ranch.

central Garden at the Getty Center

But that wasn’t enough space either. So, in 1974, Getty built a replica of an Italian villa from Herculaneum, known today as the Getty Villa , and moved his collection there.

Getty never saw his audacious villa-museum. In 1951, he moved to England for good. Getty didn’t return to the US because of a fear of flying. But he approved every Getty acquisition until his death in 1976.

Overview & History Of The Getty Center

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In his will, Getty left the bulk of his fortune ($700 million) to the J. Paul Getty Trust. Overnight, the Getty became the most richly endowed museum in the world.

In 1984, the trust decided they needed more room to house the ever-burgeoning collection. It commissioned Richard Meier to build a billion dollar campus.

In 1996, the bulk of the museum’s collection was relocated there and the museum opened in 1997. The pieces from antiquity remained at the Getty Villa.

entrance to the Getty Center, with a sculpture by French artist Aristide Maillol

Perched on a hilltop, the Getty Center is a beguiling modern day temple made of rough surfaced travertine stone, aluminum panels, and glass. It’s a place where undulating lines follow the natural terrain of the Santa Monica Mountains.

Terraces offer beautiful views of the city and ocean. In the late afternoon, the buildings looks almost golden.

The Getty Center, moreover, is more than a museum. It’s an art institution and urban laboratory. It houses research and administrative centers, conservations programs, and a grant institution. The original collection that Getty amassed has also been expanded to include photographs, drawings, and sculptures.

Layout Of The Getty Center

You enter the museum up a flight of stairs to reach the large Museum Entrance Hall. There you can pick up a map of the museum and other brochures. You can also sign up for one of the Getty’s free tours.

The permanent collection is housed in four pavilions — North Pavilion, East Pavilion, South Pavilion, and West Pavilion. The galleries are minimalist, with skylights and coved ceilings that show off the art with natural light instead of electric light.

flowers bloom on a terrace at The Getty Center

The Getty’s most famous painting, Van Gogh’s ( Irises ), is in the West Pavilion. Adjacent to that pavilion is the Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Terrace.

In the center of the complex is a museum courtyard and Exhibition Pavilion. When I was there, the Getty had mounted a fascinating Cy Twombly exhibit exploring the artist’s fascination with Greco-Roman art and poetry.

The Central Garden and Lower Terrace Sculpture Garden are to the Far East of the complex.

The separate pavilions and garden complexes allow you to catch your breath and relax in indoor/outdoor spaces as you proceed from pavilion to pavilion. It makes for a better museum experience than endlessly walking through the typical white or gray corridors.

You can check out this online map to help plan your visit.

Guide To The Getty Center: What To See

The Getty collection covers the period from the Middle Age to the early 20th century. There is no modern art save for the outdoor sculptures.

Here are the top 20 masterpieces and things to see on a visit to the Getty.

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1. Van Gogh, Irises

The absolute star of the Getty Center is Vincent Van Gogh’s Irises. In fact, it’s so sought after that the museum employees may point you right to the West pavilion where it’s housed.

Van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionism artist now considered one of the greatest and most influential painters in art history.

Van Gogh’s work is notable for its swirling line, emotional honesty, and bold vivid color. His radical landscapes were like nothing anyone had painted before. 

Irises has Van Gogh’s trademark exuberance. It’s a swirling mass of green and blue flowers with powerful brush strokes. You can almost feel the paintings strong colors and rhythmic vitality.

Van Gogh painted the scene after slicing off his own ear and landing in an insane asylum. The irises were in the asylum garden, and provided a therapeutic outlet for the tortured artist.

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2. Edouard Manet, Spring

Manet is known as the “Father of Impressionism,” though he really preceded and overlapped with the movement.

Manet had a huge impact on the development of modernism. He led a bohemian life and scandalized the official Salon with his utter disregard for academic conventions and his strikingly modern images of urban life.

This late Manet portrait depicts a young actress as the embodiment of spring. The actress wears a floral ensemble and is set against a lush background of rhododendrons.

The painting is one of Manet’s most vibrant works. His color palette was typically darker. It was exhibited at the 1882 Paris Salon to rave reviews.

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3. Claude Monet Works

The Getty has a trio of significant paintings by the ever-popular Impressionist artist Claude Monet.

Sunrise is a painting that kicked off the Impressionism movement. Along with its companion piece Impression Sunrise at Paris’ Musee Marmottan Monet , it exemplifies Monet’s “plein air” (outdoor) approach to painting and his signature informal and spontaneous brushstrokes.

The painting shocked critics. They denigrated it as an unskilled “impression,” rather than a polished art work. That term gave rise to the movement’s name.

Wheatstacks  was Monet’s first series and the first in which he concentrated on a single subject. In each canvas, the light is different depending on the time of day he painted. The painting reveals Monet’s signature ability to capture form and light with small dabs of paint.

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Rouen Cathedral was Monet’s third series, after the poplars and haystacks. Monet loved to paint the lacy western facade of Rouen cathedral in  Normandy . 

Monet painted 30 versions of Rouen Cathedral in Normandy in 1892-93. The Getty’s version was painted with morning light.

The cathedral series was a watershed moment in Monet’s career. The paintings were well-received by critics and found a ready commercial market.

READ : The Impressionism Trail In Normandy

Paul Cézanne, Still Life with Apples, 1893–1894

4. Cezanne, Still Life With Apples

Cezanne was a hugely influential painter of the late 19th century. Monet called Cezanne “the greatest of us all.” For Picasso, he was the father of modern art.

Cezanne threw away the long prevailing convention of single point perspective. He used multiple perspectives in a single canvas, portraying objects as sets of abstract shapes.

Still lifes were an obsessive motif for Cezanne. During the last 30 years of his life, he painted the objects in this painting –the green vase, the rum bottle, the ginger pot, and the apples — over and over again. His interest was not in the objects themselves, but in using them to experiment with shape, color, and lighting. 

Turner, Modern Rome, 1839

5. J.M.W. Turner, Modern Rome

Turner is Britain’s most famous and important Romantic era artist. In the mid 19th century, Turner shocked his colleagues with his loose brush strokes and fiery palette, presaging the later Impressionist movement. 

In this Getty painting, Turner captures the Eternal City of Rome . The city’s ancient ruins are seen through a shimmering veil of paint and light. Amid these monuments, you see citizens carrying on with their day’s work.

The Getty acquired the painting in 2010 at a Sotheby’s auction in London for $44.9 million. Because the painting has always been behind glass, it’s in pristine condition, unusual for a Turner painting.

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6. Goya, Bullfight

In the 19th century, Goya was the most famous painter in Spain, with no rival during his lifetime. He was the official court painter for Charles IV and Ferdinand VII, specializing in portraits and religious paintings.

Goya was known for capturing not only his subjects’ likenesses, but their personal expressiveness and individuality.

Bullfights were a lifelong theme for Goya. In this Getty painting, he depicts the fraught confrontation between a passionate picador, his terrified horse, and the besieged bull.

Goya painted this romantic scene at the end of his career. He had begun experimenting with different techniques and more ominous themes, as seen in the terrifying Black Paintings in the Prado Museum .

David, The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharist, 1818

7. Jacques-Louis David, The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharist

French artist Jacques-Louis David was a master of the grand Neo-Classical style of painting. It was a style and subject matter derived from antiquity. His painting are characterized by firm linear contours, pure colors, polished forms, and frieze-like compositions.

This painting is the very image of ideal love. It was inspired by characters from Homer’s Odyssey .

The son of Odysseus, Telemachus, falls in love with the nymph Eucharist. But he’s forced to end the romance to go off in search of his missing father. The painting conveys their sorrow.

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The Fountain of Love,  1785

8. Jean-Honore Fragonard, The Fountain of Love

Fragonard was an 18th century French painter whose reputation rests on his light-hearted Rococo love scenes. He was renowned for his use of light, color and expressive brushstrokes.

Fragonard’s most famous painting is the iconic Swing in London’s Wallace Collection .

Like that one, this Getty Center painting, Fountain of Love , is set in a verdant and shadowy forest. Two young lovers rush to an ancient fountain to sip its magical waters. One sip and they will fall in love. It’s a dreamy and luminous moonlit image.

The Getty acquired the painting in 1999. X-ray analysis suggests that it was Fragonard’s primary version of the subject, and that a better known and more highly finished painting,  The Fountain of Love in the Wallace Collection, London , was painted afterward. 

Andrea Mantegna, The Adoration of the Magi, 1500

9. Andrea Mantegna, The Adoration of the Magi

Italian artist  Andrea Mantegna  bridged the Early and High Renaissance periods of art history. He was a pioneer of spatial illusionism.

Mantegna used visual distortions to create uncanny effects of 2D and 3D images on flat surfaces. His works reflect a perfectionist love of detail. 

This painting is a close up composition of half length figures set against a neutral background. It was inspired by ancient Roman reliefs. This private devotional piece was likely created for Mantegna’s patron, the Gonzaga family of Mantua .

Gentile da Fabriano, Coronation of the Virgin, 1420

10. Gentle de Fabriano, The Coronation of the Virgin

This beautiful painting is an early Renaissance work by Italian artist Gentile da Fabriano. In a formal ceremony, Christ crowns his mother, the Virgin Mary.

The painting was once a processional standard.Typical of Fabriano’s worth painting has richly saturated colors ad decorative gold leaf.

The other side of our panel once bore another painting, also by Gentile:  St. Francis Receiving the Stigmata . No one knows why the two pieces were separated.

Bronzino, Virgin and Child with Saint Elizabeth and Saint John the Baptist, 1540-45

11. Bronzino, Virgin and Child

Bronzino was a Mannerist (late Renaissance) painter in the Medici Court in Florence . He’s know as an elegant master of portraiture.

This is an arrestingly beautiful and deeply saturated composition of this common grouping. The gleaming figures are crisply outlined with luminous skin. They almost appear as marble statues.

The painting was only rediscovered. It went on view at the Getty in 2019 for the first time.

The painting shows Bronzino at the height of his career. Characteristic of his style are the enamel-like surface and the lavish use of expensive pigments.

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12. Titian, Penitent Magdalene

The Italian artist Titian was to Venice what Michelangelo was to Florence — a hugely important and defining artist. More than other Renaissance artist, the Venetians celebrated the sensual in art and often used courtesans as models.

Titian painted six versions of the Mary Magdalene, a famous penitent sinner. She’s a woman with a dissolute past who asks Jesus for forgiveness.

Titian portrays Mary with long, almost sensuous, copper brown hair. She tries to cover her breasts with it. She gazes upward at heaven, with a look of love and awe in her eyes.

Artemisia Gentileschi, Lucretia, 1627

13. Artemisia Gentileschi, Lucretia

The Getty owns a rare and striking painting by the Baroque master Artemisia Gentileschi , Lucretia . It’s flanked by paintings by her artist-father Orazio Gentileschi.

In  Lucretia , Gentileschi depicts a female figure on the brink of suicide. Lucretia was a Roman noblewoman. After being raped by the son of an Etruscan king, she killed herself rather than be dishonored as unchaste.

Many other painters have tackled Lucretia’s story. But none in the same way as Artemisia.

Artemisia shows the moment before the suicide, when Lucretia aims a dagger at her chest. She portrays a determined Lucretia, secure in her decision to end her life.

In the Baroque style, Lucretia’s skin and pearls are translucent and contrast with the horror of suicide.

Jan Steen, The Drawing Lesson, 1665

14. Jan Steen, The Drawing Lesson

Jan Steen was the humorist among Dutch Golden Age painters. He created nearly 800 paintings, most with a moral beneath the wit. In fact, moral ambiguity was a central concern of many 17th century Dutch artists.

But in The Drawing Lesson , Steen celebrates the status of the artist’s profession, a rare subject of the time. In it, a painter tutors a young boy and girl who are tasked with drawing a plaster cast of a male nude.

The studio is littered with objects that were the frequent subject of Dutch still lifes. Steen’s technique is especially refined.

Masaccio, Saint Andrew, 1426

15. Masaccio, Saint Andrew

The artist  Masaccio  was a Renaissance wunderkind. Though his life went by in a flash (he died at 27), he was a hugely innovative painter. He was the first painter in art history to experiment with linear point perspective. 

His radical ideas about what could be done on a flat surface helped shape the history of Western art. Some art historians call Masaccio the first truly Renaissance artist.

The Getty owns Masaccio’s painting of Saint Andrew . It’s a panel that was formerly in a private chapel in Pisa Italy .

The saint is shown with his usual attributes, a cross and a book. His features are careworn. His haunted gaze is one of the first steps toward the naturalism that would dominate Italian Renaissance art.

READ : Guide To Masaccio’s Brancacci Chapel In Florence

Workshop of Leonardo, Madonna and Child with Saint Anne, 1508-13

16. Workshop of Leonardo, Madonna and Child with Saint Anne

If you can’t get to the Louvre to see Leonardo da Vinci’s The Virgin and Child With Saint Anne , you can see a faithful copy of it at the Getty Center. It was created by Leonardo’s worship in Milan , possibly by his lover and pupil Salai.

In the painting, the infant Chris turns toward his mother as he mischievously tugs the ears of a lamb. It has the classic background landscape invented by Leonardo — a misty vista of mountains.

READ : Guide To the Paintings of Leonardo da Vinci

Rembrandt, Rembrandt Laughing, 1628

17. Rembrant, Rembrandt Laughing

Rembrandt is considered the greatest painter of the Dutch Golden Age.He was renowned for his ability both to depict very realistic human figures and portray deep human emotion.

His extensive self-portraits (over 80) form a unique visual biography of the artist. He always portrayed himself without vanity and with a vulnerable sincerity.

In 2012, the Getty acquired one of Rembrandt’s self portraits, Rembrandt Laughing . It’s an early self-portrait, depicting the 22 year old artist as a soldier. His features are animated as if captured in a spontaneous moment.

Parmigianino, Virgin and Child with Saint John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene, 1535–1540

18. Parmigianino, Virgin and Child With Saint John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene , 1535-40

With the possible exception of his nemesis Correggio, Parmigianino was the leading painter of Palma Italy. He was technically adept virtuoso who also worked in Rome and Bologna. 

Like Bronzino, he was brilliant exponent of the Mannerist style. The Getty painting has a polished and enamel-like surface, with a lush landscape.

The original function of this painting is unknown, but its scale and subject matter imply that it was perhaps independently commissioned for a private chapel. The unconventional iconography of this painting typifies Parmigianino’s innovative work. 

READ : Best Renaissance Paintings in the United States

Marino Marini, Angel of the Citadel, 1950

19. Modern Outdoor Sculpture

The Getty Center has an impressive collection of outdoor sculpture, consisting mostly of works bequeathed by the late legendary film producer Ray Stark and his wife, Fran.

Most of the sculptures can be found in The Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Garden (near the tram) and The Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Terrace (adjacent to the Museum’s West Pavilion).

I’ll just highlight a few pieces.

Aristide Maillol, Air, design 1938; cast 1962

Aristide Maillol’s  Air is located on the Museum’s grand staircase, You’ll see it as you enter the complex.

Maillol was a French sculptor who specialized in monumental sculptures of nude women. His sculptures were both objects and allegorical.

With a grayish-blue surface, Air seems to float in space. She’s idealized, a personification of air. You’ll also find his Torso of Dina and Torso of Summer on the museum grounds.

Rene Magritte, Delusons of Grandeur, 1967

Marino Marini is known for his equestrian sculptures. Angel of the Citadel depicts a man astride his horse, excited by the pure joy of living. Every part of his body is alert and stretched, even, intentionally, his manhood.

Seated Cardinal is a work by Italian artist Giacomo Manzu on the south terrace. Manzu created sculptures that were not simply representational, but were also symbols of universal meaning. This simplified form was inspired by the stiff looking cardinals he encountered at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City .

The Getty also owns some bronze sculptures by British artist Henry Moore. He was a radical and experimental artist who became the leading sculptor of his generation and a pioneer of modern sculpture.

You can see his intentionally distorted Seated Woman , Draped Reclining Mother and Baby , and his Bronze Form (more than 14 feet high!). The reclining pose was one of Moore’s favorite, as was the mother and child theme.

Henry Moore, Seated Woman, designed 1958–59 and cast 1975

A couple other modern sculptures to looks for are Roy Lichtenstein’s Three Brushstrokes , Alberto Giacometti’s Standing Woman I , and Rene Magritte’s Delusion of Grandeur .

20. Getty Gardens

From its inception, outdoor gardens were pivotal to the Getty’s mission of building a beautiful space to experience art.

Architects wanted the landscape and architecture to interact and reflect the changing seasons, with brilliant pink and red blooms contrasting with the pale travertine. 32 full time gardeners work at the Getty to achieve this sublime effect.

The most beloved space is the Central Garden. Designed by Robert Irwin, you access the garden by a zig zagging path, a stream coursing underneath. The garden culminates in a reflecting pool in which a maze of colorful azaleas seem to float.

Five water gardens also enliven the space at the Getty. The Museum Courtyard has a long reflecting pool with jets and a secluded pool with rocks and a fountain.

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Practical Guide & Tips For Visiting The Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049

The Getty Center is open Tuesday through Friday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. Saturday hours are 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. Closed Mondays.

The Getty Center is completely free, which is amazing for a museum of this caliber. To visit, you just have to book a timed entry ticket online (no fee). You’ll be turned away without a reservation.

Print your ticket out to show the attendants. But they can also look up your ticket by name, if you’re traveling and don’t have access to a printer.

If you’re visiting in the high season (summer), you should book several weeks in advance. Otherwise, it’s probably fine to book several days or a week in advance.

the Getty Center, designed by architect Richard Meier

The Getty offers many free tour. They leave from the Information Desk and include:

  • Architecture Tour : 45 minute outdoor tour at 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm
  • Garden Tour : 45 minute outdoor tour focusing on the Central Garden at 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm
  • Spotlight Tour : Quick 20 minute tour of the special exhibition at the Getty at 11:15 am, 12:15 pm, 1:15 pm, and 2:15 pm
  • Collections Tour : 45 minute tour featuring select masterpieces at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, and 2:30 pm

For a more extensive tour, you may want to book this 90 minute guided tour , which focuses on either the highlights or a particular period of art history.

Parking & Shuttle :

You’ll need to park in the designated parking lot, which costs $20. You get a ticket and pay at the pay station machine on your way out.

From the parking lot, you will need to check in and give your ticket to the attendant. Then, you board a tram that takes you to the Getty Center in 5 minutes or so. On the brief ride, you’ll see the unfolding vistas of the museum.

Cactus Garden at the Getty Center

How Long To Visit The Getty Center?

I think the Getty Center deserves at least 3 hours for a first time visitor. It’s a large complex. There are many pavilions, special exhibitions, the gardens, the outdoor sculptures, etc.

If you are an art lover, you may want to dedicate the better part of the day to the Getty.

For example, you could arrive around 10:00-10:30 am, break for lunch at the Garden Terrace Cafe, and then spend a couple more hours admiring the art. You’ll need to make a reservation on Open Table for the restaurant.

sculpture terrace

Food at the Getty Center :

There are four food options at the Getty Center.

The Restaurant on the Plaza level is a sit down space with majestic views. You’ll need to make reservations in advance on Open Table to ensure a a spot, it’s poplar. You can also book afternoon tea on Friday and Saturday from 2:00 to 3:00 pm.

There’s also the Garden Terrace Cafe overlooking the Central Arden and a self service cafe on the lower level with sandwiches, soups, etc.

There’s also a coffee art with food and beverages in the Museum Courtyard. This honestly wasn’t bad. I missed my reservation at the restaurant beccause there is just so much to see, but had a tasty chicken curry wrap instead.

Rock Fountain at the Getty

Is The Getty Center Worth Visiting?

100% yes. The Getty Center is one of the top museums in the United States and it’s magnificent.

Even if you’re not an art lover, it will delight. The buildings and gardens are beautiful and you have stunning views of LA from every terrace.

If you’re an art lover that admires Old Masters, the Getty is a must visit US bucket list destination. Plus, it has one of the most famous Van Gogh paintings in the US.

the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades

What To Visit Near The Getty Center

The best place to visit in conjunction with the Getty Center is the Getty Villa, just 15-25 minutes down the road.

The villa is a pristine recreation of a seaside Roman estate housing billionaire oilman J. Paul Getty’s collection of Greco-Roman antiquities. It’s wonderful and the perfect way to see all of the Getty’s treasures in one day!

Here’s my compete guide to the Getty Villa .

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J. Paul Getty Museum

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The J. Paul Getty Museum started from the oil millionaire's private collection and was housed for many years in a Roman-style villa in Malibu, which is now the  Getty Villa .

How to See the Getty Museum

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Today's Getty Museum occupies 750 acres of land in the Santa Monica Mountain foothills. The Getty Center includes an art collection so large it takes four exhibit pavilions to show just part of it, and the complex includes nine buildings in total.

Getty Museum With Kids

You'll find this place very family-friendly, with a Family Room, Gallery Games, storytelling and weekend family workshops. The GettyGuide also features stops just for children. One-hour children's tours are given daily in the summer and on weekends the rest of the year.

Forget that boring shop in the main building. The Children's Bookstore is on the plaza level of the South Pavilion.

No food is allowed in galleries, but there's an exception for baby bottles.

Getty Museum Review

For my friends and me, the architecture here is a work of art so entrancing that, in more than a dozen visits, we've spent less than an hour inside the galleries. Don't be misled. The collections are impressive and include some fine pieces of art. However, for this architecture-loving writer, the buildings are more interesting than their contents.

We rate the Getty Museum 5 stars out of 5 for Richard Meier's awesome architecture, creating what we think is one of California's greatest outdoor spaces. It's one of our favorite Los Angeles places. We've heard their collections are good, too, but it's so nice outside that we're not sure we'll ever make it inside to find out.

Getty Museum Tips

By artist Martin Puryear, this sculpture looks like a fishnet to some, a face to others. 

If you have limited time to see the Getty Museum, go straight to the information desk in the main lobby for advice.

Start your visit with the orientation film.

Check the daily schedule for tour times to plan your day.

If you plan to spend time inside the galleries, rent a GettyGuide audio tour. It's like having your own personal entourage of art experts along to explain things.

The complex is large enough that it can be difficult to find others, even if you use cell phones to communicate. Pick up a map when you arrive. If your group splits up, pick a meeting place. The entry plaza near the tram stop is a good spot.

Dining options include a full-service dining room (reservations suggested), a cafeteria-style dining room, and an outdoor cafe serving coffee and snacks. There's also a picnic area at the lower tram station.

Leave umbrellas at home. If it's raining, or the sun is too intense, you'll find umbrellas bins at the tram station and outside each building. Pick them up and leave them as you need to, with no worry about losing anything.

Leave big stuff somewhere else. If it's larger than 11 x 17 x 8 inches, you'll have to check it at the entry pavilion.

When the Getty Museum is open late on a clear day, the sunsets are beautiful. Free evening concerts, performances, and lectures are also available.

If you have questions, look for someone wearing a blue vest. They're there to help you.

The facility is fully accessible, and assistive animals are welcome. Wheelchairs are available at the lower tram entrance. Assistive listening devices are provided but arrange ahead for sign language interpreters for public programs.

Getty Museum Architecture

The building at the top of the stairs is the Entrance Hall. The sculpture on the steps is called Air, designed by artist Aristide Maillol.

The fact is that the Getty Center's architect Richard Meier did such an outstanding job of creating a public space that people get surprised. They go to the Getty thinking they're going to a museum with works of art on the inside. What they find instead is a work of art with a museum inside.

It's an interesting concept, the idea that an outdoor space can be a thoroughly satisfying artistic experience. The only way you'll know who's right is to go there yourself. If you want to see the architecture, this is what you need to know.

Designing the Getty Center

Getty Center architect Richard Meier has been called "the ultimate voice of twentieth-century modernism." Meier took a few basic materials: metal, stone, and glass. Working with a billion-dollar budget that has been called “the commission of the century,” he combined them to create a work of architecture that can excite visitors as much as the art collection inside does.

The Getty Center site sits more than 800 feet above sea level, towering above the city of Los Angeles. A 0.75-mile-long tramway whisks visitors to the top of the hill, elevating them from everyday experience. The museum includes four exhibit pavilions and a visitor center, which form the hub of an eleven-building complex.

The entire complex is based on a 30-inch-square whose horizontal lines span every structure and unify them. On some buildings, those shapes bend around curves, and an occasional rectangle or other geometric element mixes in. It all forms a public space that's one of Southern California's most inviting.

The building stone is travertine, imported from Bagni di Tivoli, Italy, the same source as the Coliseum, Trevi Fountain, and St. Peter's Basilica colonnade. A guillotine-like cutting process exposed fossils long buried inside the stone, their delicacy a stark contrast to the violence of the process that revealed them. The best 24 of these are set as "feature" stones scattered about the site, waiting to delight those who find them. One of the most fantastic ones is on the arrival plaza wall, across from the tram station.

You can  learn more about the Getty Center's design on their website . You may also enjoy  reading more about it on Richard Meier & Partners website , where you can see architectural drawings and photographs.

Learning More About the Getty Center Architecture

Docents lead daily architecture tours which make it easy to learn more about Meier's architecture. They also offer tours of the gardens, which are an integral part of the outdoor experience. These tours are a must for anyone who is even remotely interested in architecture, to learn more about the architect's techniques and ideas.

If you miss the tour or want to explore on your own, you can pick up the Architecture and Gardens map and brochure at the information desk.

You may also enjoy the book The Getty Center (Architecture in Detail) written by Michale Brawne and published by Phaidon Press.

Getty Museum Collection

The Getty Museum Los Angeles displays mostly pre-twentieth century works of art by artists such as Rembrandt and Van Gogh. The Getty holdings also include an impressive collection of antiquities, displayed at the  Getty Villa  in Malibu. The most famous holding at the Getty Museum Los Angeles may be Van Gogh's  Irises , which the museum purchased in 1990.

Each gallery has computer-controlled louvers near the ceiling that limit the amount of natural light that comes into the gallery. Coupled with a system of cool and warm artificial light, the system facilitates viewing the paintings in the same natural light in which they were painted.

Seeing the Getty Museum Los Angeles Collections

The extensive collection of the Getty Museum Los Angeles is housed in five separate buildings, named simply by their location (east, west, etc.) and organized chronologically. In each building, the ground floor is dedicated to sculpture, decorative arts and the like, with paintings upstairs.

  • North Building: Items from before 1600 including illuminated manuscripts
  • East and South Buildings: 1600 to 1800
  • West Building: After 1800, including the Van Gogh  Irises  and photography collection
  • Research Institute: Changing exhibitions

To learn more about what you're seeing, check the daily schedule when you arrive for gallery talks and docent tours, or rent a GettyGuide audio tour (highly recommended). In the sculpture garden, you can use your cell phone to get a free audio tour, or just pick up an explanatory brochure at the information desk.

More About the Getty Museum Los Angeles Collections

To read more about the Getty Museum Los Angeles collections, you may want to browse the  online GettyGuide  or buy The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections

Sculpture Terrace

Featuring pieces donated by Fran and Ray Stark, a collection so big that this one space can't hold it all.

Stairwell at Night

Betsy Malloy Photography

Some say the East and North Buildings have open, airy qualities similar to those created by the Bauhaus movement in 1920s. This simple stairwell becomes a work of modern art when lit up at night.

Ancient Urn, Modern Form

The water starts flowing on the plaza above, runs down a long trough and trickles into this recessed area before running down the hill. 

The Gardens

These entwined curves of azaleas are made of 400 individual plants. They form the centerpiece of the Central Garden.

The Getty Center buildings and gardens cover 24 acres and require a crew of full-time gardeners to keep them looking beautiful. Besides the usual landscaping, trees, blooming flowers and the like, the Getty Center also includes a central garden that's almost as much a work of art as it is a garden in the traditional sense.

Getty Museum Landscape Gardens

The formal landscaping, designed by Laurie Olin, complements and enhances Richard Meier's architectural design, providing a balance between human-made and the natural. Its color scheme is primarily lavender and white, perhaps not coincidentally the colors of the museum's prized painting, Van Gogh's  Irises . The purple-flowering jacaranda trees in the small courtyard in front of the auditorium are especially pretty when they bloom in June.

The Getty Center site sits more than 800 feet above the surrounding city, providing panoramic views. To the east are city landscapes; to the south, the cactus garden's architectural shapes and stark silhouettes punctuate the city views of the South Bay and Palos Verdes Peninsula. To the west is the Pacific Ocean, which needs little adornment. At the north promontory, the landscaping blends into the hillside surroundings and the resident herd of mule deer sometimes appear if visitors are quiet enough.

Getty Museum Central Garden

The  piece de resistance  of the Getty Museum's gardens is the 134,000-square-foot Central Garden, conceived by artist Robert Irwin, who calls it "a sculpture in the form of a garden aspiring to be art."

Gardeners work year-round to tend more than 300 plants in Irwin's ever-changing creation. The garden's design is precise in every detail. Rocks are placed to change water's sound as you walk down the zigzagging path. Colors blend so subtly that red and orange transform into white and pink within a few steps, leaving no memory of the transition.

Touring the Getty Museum Gardens

Docents lead daily  tours  of the gardens.

If you want to tour on your own, pick up the Architecture and Gardens brochure in the visitor center. The suggested route for a self-guided tour of the Central Garden starts to the right as you approach the main building and proceeds along its side, down the zigzag path to the Central Garden and up the hill toward the West Pavilion.

Resting on the Lawn

Resting on the lawns is common sight in the gardens - and the grass doesn't seem to mind.

View from South Promontory

From here, you can see what displaced all the original native plants. While you can sometimes see downtown Los Angeles from here, the more prominent area of taller buildings is Century City.

What You Need to Know About Visiting the Getty Museum

Everyone arrives at the Getty Center on the tram, from the parking structure at the bottom of the hill.

The museum is open most days, except some holidays. It's also sometimes open late, and concerts and other events may be held in the evening.  Check current hours .

There is no entry fee, but there is a parking charge, which is lower for evening events.

Allow two hours to half a day - or more for a visit. Anytime is fine to go, but it's especially beautiful on a clear evening.

Where Is the Getty Museum Located?

J. Paul Getty Museum 1200 Getty Center Drive Los Angeles, CA Getty Museum website

The Getty Museum is located just off I-405 north of I-10 and the Sunset Boulevard exit. If you're driving, exit I-405 at the Getty Center exit and follow the signs. If the freeway is jammed (which it frequently is), Sepulveda Blvd. parallels it and it may be faster.

Automobiles pay to park but bicycles park for free. Motorcycle parking is free for individuals, but groups of more than 15 have to pay for each space they use. Vehicles up to 12'6" can fit in the parking structure, but there is no parking for RVs, motor homes or limousines.

If you want to go by public transportation,  Metro Bus 761  stops at the center's main gate on Sepulveda Boulevard.

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Smart News | March 20, 2020

Ten Museums You Can Virtually Visit

Museums are closing their doors amid the coronavirus crisis, but many offer digital exhibitions visitors can browse from the comfort of home

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Nadine Daher

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, museums and cultural institutions across the globe are closing their doors to the public. But while visitors can no longer roam the halls of these institutions, virtual tools and online experiences mean anyone with an internet connection can browse world-class collections from home.

The Smithsonian Institution , of course, has its own array of virtual tours, experiences and educational resources . Among the other experiences on offer: Scroll through an extensive trove of 3-D photographs from the Minneapolis Institute of Art , explore online exhibits from the National Women’s History Museum in Virginia, or admire artistic masterpieces from the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Spain. Additionally, around 2,500 museums and galleries, including the Uffizi Galleries in Florence and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, are offering virtual tours and presenting online collections via the Google Arts and Culture portal.

For those in search of armchair travel inspiration, Smithsonian magazine has compiled a list of ten museums that have found new ways to fulfill their critical mission of cultivating creativity and spreading knowledge.

The Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

Home to the world’s second largest private collection of art, the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza owns masterpieces by giants of virtually every art movement—to name just a few, Jan van Eyck, Titian, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Picasso and Dalí. To spotlight these artistic treasures, the Madrid museum offers an array of multimedia resources . Users can take a virtual tour of the entire building (or a thematic tour covering such topics as food, sustainability, fashion and even “inclusive love”); browse current and closed exhibits ; and watch behind-the-scenes videos featuring interviews, lectures and technical studies.

The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea

Committed to offering a culturally rewarding experience since opening its doors in 2013, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul (MMCA) has established itself as a prominent cultural platform and leader in Korean art. In collaboration with Google Arts and Culture, the MMCA is now offering a virtual tour of its collections. This experience takes visitors through six floors of modern and contemporary art from Korea and around the world. Those seeking an educational walkthrough can follow along by tuning into curator-led recorded tours.

The Anne Frank House

Anne Frank House

The Anne Frank House , established in cooperation with the famed diarist’s father, Otto, in 1957, strives to inform the public through educational programs and tours of the building where the teenager and her family hid during World War II. To delve deeper into the story detailed in Frank’s diary, online visitors can watch videos about her life; virtually explore the Secret Annex ; look around the house where she lived before going into hiding; and view the Google Arts and Culture exhibition “ Anne Frank: Her Life, Her Diary, Her Legacy .”

The Vatican Museums

Vatican (social)

Home to some 70,000 artworks and artifacts spanning centuries, continents and mediums, the 5.5-hectare Vatican Museums are among Italy’s finest cultural institutions. Virtual visitors can tour seven different sections of the sprawling complex, enjoying 360-degree views of the Sistine Chapel , perhaps best known for Michelangelo’s ceiling and Last Judgment fresco; Raphael’s Rooms , where the Renaissance artist’s School of Athens resides; and lesser-known but equally sumptuous locations such as the Pio Clementino Museum, the Niccoline Chapel and the Room of the Chiaroscuri.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum


“Since its founding, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has maintained a belief in the transformative powers of art,” reads the Manhattan museum’s website . “In uncertain times such as these, art can provide both solace and inspiration.”

In a nod to this mission, the Guggenheim , a cultural center and educational institution devoted to modern and contemporary art, has opened up its collections to online visitors. The building itself, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is an architectural masterpiece; audiences can listen to an audio guide of its history or journey up its spiral halls via a Google Arts and Culture virtual tour . For those who want to take a deeper dive into the museum’s collections, the Guggenheim’s online database features some 1,700 artworks by more than 625 artists.

The London National Gallery

The National Gallery

Take a virtual tour of 18 gallery rooms, enjoy a panoramic view of the museum’s halls and click through a wide collection of artistic masterpieces using the National Gallery ’s virtual tools . Based in London, this museum houses more than 2,300 works reflecting the Western European tradition between the 13th and 19th centuries. Collection highlights include Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers and J.M.W Turner’s The Fighting Temeraire .

NASA Research Centers

Katherine Johnson at Langley Research Center

For those fascinated by space exploration, NASA offers online visitors the chance to take a behind-the-scenes look inside its facilities. Visitors can take virtual tours of the organization’s research centers, where aeronautic technology is developed and tested, and learn more about the functions of different facilities. The online tour of Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, covers 16 locations, including the Flight Research Hangar and the Katherine Johnson Computational Research Facility. The virtual tour of the Glenn Research Center in Ohio, meanwhile, takes visitors inside facilities such as the Supersonic Wind Tunnel, where high speed flight is researched, and the Zero Gravity Research Facility, where microgravity research is conducted.

The National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City

National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City

Home to the world’s largest ancient Mexican art collection, in addition to an extensive collection of ethnographic objects, the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City preserves the country’s indigenous legacy and celebrates its cultural heritage. In collaboration with Google Arts and Culture, the museum has made some 140 items available for online visitors to explore from their homes. Among the objects available for viewing are the famous Aztec calendar sun stone and the striking jade death mask of ancient Mayan king Pakal the Great.

San Francisco’s De Young Museum

de Young Museum

One of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco , the de Young Museum ’s new copper-clad building in Golden Gate Park combines art with architecture. The collection features a priceless array of American art dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, as well as artifacts from Africa and Oceania, modern and contemporary art, costumes, and textiles. Through Google Arts and Culture, the de Young offers 11 exhibits, including “ Cult of the Machine ” and “ Ruth Asawa: A Working Life .”

The Louvre

Housed in a large fortress along the banks of Paris’ Seine River, the Louvre regularly tops rankings of the most-visited museums in the world, with millions of visitors flocking to its halls in search of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa , the Venus de Milo and other instantly recognizable artworks. Virtual tours offered by the Louvre include a walkthrough of the Egyptian antiquities wing and a view of the museum’s moat, which was built in 1190 to protect Paris from invaders.

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Nadine Daher is a digital intern at Smithsonian magazine. She is a senior at Northwestern, where she studies journalism and international studies.

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Michelangelo: Mind of the Master

How much do you know about Michaelangelo? No, he’s not a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle who loves pizza. Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet born in the Republic of Florence during the High Renaissance times. You might know some of his works of art, including The Sistine Chapel Ceiling, The Last Judgment, and many more. Learn about his life, inspirations, and revolutionary achievements that grant him his place within The Getty gallery.

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A virtual tour of an art and history museum may not be the first choice to view these items, but there is a bright side to the online portal. You get to see many more works of art along with additional resources of information for each collection you choose to see. So when viewing works in antiquities, drawings, manuscripts, paintings, photographs, or sculptures – you’ll also be able to read more about the history than you would have inside the museum.

Resources for the Classroom

School is still in session! If your children are in grades Kindergarten to their Senior year of high school, there are many educational resources to explore on The Getty Center’s website. The Getty resources for the classroom include multiple lesson plans for guiding students through The Getty collections. Depending on the display, subject, time, or other focus the students may be studying – there is a worksheet just for them. Anyone wanting to learn more about everything inside The Getty will have a selection of interactive experiences and creative lessons available at their fingertips.

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Getty Podcasts

Podcasts are a valuable resource for anyone wanting to learn more about anything. We hear them for criminal cases, for the beautify industry, and overall entertainment. With the various Getty podcasts featured on their website, you’ll be able to listen to experts speaking about their favorite subjects featured at The Getty Museum. Choose to listen to an art podcast hosted by an art professor or Ancient Greece’s history hosted by a Greece Historian. The experienced hosts feature multiples guests and scholarly examples, so you can learn as much as you want about every collection.

Getty Search Gateway

Sometimes your searches for educational materials might be more specific. If you’re a college student, professor, or curious about the history of somewhere in particular – here is the best place to look. The Getty Search Gateway lets you choose the filter parameters for every work in The Getty collection. Filter your search with time periods, work type, names, locations, and more. Find your way to precisely the time period or artist you want to learn more about. A virtual tour through The Getty Center is a much deeper dive into history than you could ever imagine.

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Virtual Tour: J. Paul Getty Museum

As we keep lists of the cultural nourishment we’d like to consume in the months following the lift of quarantine, heading overseas may still be off limits. It would be wise, therefore, to consider some of the U.S.-based destinations replete with amazing examples of art from all over the world.

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has one of the best collections in the United States, including this online exhibit of 18 th century pastel portraits full of exquisite details and soothing colors.

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More portable and easier to work with than oil painting, pastels were popular for portraits, including this self-portrait from a young Charles-Antoine Coypel, created as a gift for his brother Phillippe.

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Pastels were an excellent medium for creating convincing likenesses, making them popular with prominent figures in 18 th century France. Jean Baptiste-Perroneau portrays this wealthy French textile scion, and even with some of the more brilliant hues fading over the centuries the details are striking.

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20 World Online Museums You Can Visit For Free, Without Leaving your Place

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From the MoMa to the Louvre, here are the 20 most beautiful online museums in the world that you can discover for free, without leaving your home. All you need is an internet connection

Museums online? What a great idea! Would you like to travel the world, visit museums and discover works of art, but never have the time to do it? This list is perfect for you. Read on to enter the 20 most spectacular museums in the world for free without leaving your home. All you need is an internet connection to spend your free time between artistic masterpieces and pieces of history, relaxing but without forgetting to continue learning new things every day.

1. The British Museum, London

The British Museum boasts one of the largest online museums in the world. The website gives you access to a huge collection of more than 8 million objects but also how they have been documented over the centuries. For instance, you could see the Phoenician panel of a sphinx in ivory.

british museum london

2. The Louvre, Paris

This museum offers free online access to its important exhibits . For instance, some works from Michelangelo or the famous Egyptian Antiquities . What’s more, you can take a 360-degree tour and click what you find attractive to discover some additional information .

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3. Vatican Museums, Rome

A collection of classical sculptures curated by the Popes over the centuries is available at the Vatican Museums . Don’t miss the chance to take a virtual tour of Michelangelo’s ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and of the other iconic exhibits.

vatican museum rome

4. The National Gallery of Art, Washington

If you can’t visit Washington D.C . and you’re really curious to discover this museum, use its virtual tours of galleries and exhibits . Moreover, you can also listen to audio and watch some video of past lectures .

National Gallery of Art, Washington, United States.

5. Uffizi Gallery, Florence

High-quality pictures of some of the most attractive artistic works. You’ll have the chance to see the works of some famous italian artists such as Cimabue or Botticelli .

Uffizi Florence

6. The Dalì Theatre Museum, Florida

The Dali Museum, Saint Petersburg, United States

This museum is located in  Saint Petersburg , Florida, and it is completely dedicated to the artwork of Salvador Dalí . It boasts several rooms and exhibits following each step of Dalí’s career .

7. Nasa Museum, Virginia

You can visit the Langley Research Center in Virginia . There’s also an app for virtual tours, videos, reality experiences and stories to discover.

Nasa Museum

8. Prado Museum, Madrid

The artificial intelligence supplied by this website will offer you a huge collection divided following a specific timeline .

Prado Museum

9. MoMa, New York

Discover the beautiful collection of this famous museum in New York by looking at their website. It will seem like you’re looking at some pics from your smartphone gallery .


10. The National Women’s History Museum, Virginia

This well-curated online exhibits, with its oral histories, is perfect if you want to discover women’s distinctive culture and history in the United States . As a matter of fact, its aim is to empower and inspire women.


11. South Tyrol Museum of Archeology, Bozen

The “ Iceman Database ” is now also available online! Whether you’re a little curious kid or someone who’s into archeology, discover every detail about the Iceman thanks to this website.

Otzi Iceman

12. Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

Take a closer look of the beautiful exhibits in Milan , at the Pinacoteca di Brera . As a matter of fact, their HD pics will give you the chance to discover their interesting online collection made of 669 objects .

Pinacoteca di Brera

13. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Thank to  The Met 360° Project , the virtual tour supplied by their website makes the experience so real that it will seem like you are there.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, United States

14. Hermitage St Petersburg

More than three million works  of the world culture are available at the online collection of the State Hermitage . For example, you can take a look of  The Winter Palace of Peter the Great, a unique monument from the 18th century.


15. Egyptian Museum, Turin

Christian Greco , the executive director, streams video tours  on Facebook where he explains the majestic collection of this museum.  Don’t miss this chance.

Egyptian Museum

16. Guggenheim, Bilbao

Near the Nerviòn River , there’s a unique building made of steel and titanium . This is one of the world’s most distinctive museums. Thanks to a virtual tour you can discover a collection of postwar European and American painting and sculpture.

Bilbao images

 17.  Rijks Museum, Amsterdam

80 galleries are available on the website of this museum. While exploring the Great Hall and beyond, you’ll get the chance to discover the most beautiful works by Dutch masters such as Vermeer , Rembrandt and others.

Amsterdam Museum

18. Musée d’Orsay, Paris

In the Gare d’Orsay , a hotel and railway in Paris , there’s this distinctive museum which is home to some of the most important French artists such as Monet and Cézanne . If you’re passionate about Impressionist works, here you’ll find a huge collection of masterpieces . Also, the virtual tour includes the history of the building .

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19. Natural History Museum, London

The Natural History Museum’s collection is one of the most important ones in UK , since it’s always really attractive both for Londoners and tourists. Get lost in gallery spaces and in its long corridors, thanks to its virtual tour. In the entrance hall, tou’ll see the famous Dippy the dino .

London Museum

20. J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

The Getty is one of the most famous art places on the west coast , with its long history of creative treasures . From Van Gogh’s Irises to neolithic clay figure . The virtual tour provides of very beautiful artworks . So, take a look on the internal gallery and discover all the information about the exhibition .

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Don’t miss this chance of exploring the best online museums in the world, and learning directly from your couch. Stay comfortable, and don’t ever stop being curious about discovering new things!

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 “Installation” by UGallery artist Michael Wedge

We stopped by the National Gallery of Art in DC this morning to check out the work of some master painters. An hour or so later, we globe trotted over for a quick stop at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, followed by a very enjoyable visit to the Guggenheim (the one in Spain, that is), and wrapped up our morning at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

I know what you're thinking. How is such a thing logistically possible?

Unless you have one of those magical spaceships like the one that transports the characters on the Disney show Little Einsteins to art and history hotspots worldwide in a matter of minutes, it isn't possible. The good news is that your physical presence is no longer required in order to enjoy great cultural venues from throughout the world.

Fortunately for us all, the places we visited on our internet tours and thousands of other world-renowned museums and cultural institutions have expanded their online offerings so that more and more people can experience their grandeur. Prompted in part by the recent pandemic, there is a newfound recognition by these institutions that the world is a better place when people have greater access and exposure to arts and culture. A collaboration with Google has allowed art enthusiasts, history buffs, and curious researchers to easily experience the thousands of arts and culture venues that have opened their virtual doors to the internet masses.

The benefits are many, including but not limited to:

  • No lines:  You can start your tour instantly and save time without waiting in long queue
  • You can't get lost:  Virtual museums provide easy navigation with user-friendly interfaces and maps
  • It's free of charge:  You don't have to spend money on gas, plane tickets, or the cost of admission

With all these phenomenal resources available at your fingertips, how does the curious pseudo-space and time traveler know where to begin? Funny you should ask. As part of our foray into the incredible wealth of online resources relating to art, we're sharing a few tips.

Whether you're a fan of architecture, modern and contemporary art, or a natural history museum buff, there is something for everyone utilizing these digital tools. While you could spend endless hours searching the net for the thousands of museums and cultural institutions that offer interactive engagement, the good news is that you don't have to, thanks to a simple online application we discovered. The Google Arts and Culture platform consolidates most all of these extraordinary opportunities into one easy-to-use dashboard. It's like your own personal ticket to culture.

Perhaps "passport" is a better word, given the unique ability afforded by Google Arts and Culture to facilitate a globe-trot from country to country to view the finest museums and galleries each location has to offer. You can view art collections, be a student of art education, peruse online exhibits, and take virtual tours, just to name a few. 

Here’s a snapshot of our recent internet adventures:

A Lesson in Genre Painting at the National Gallery of Art

We started our day at the National Gallery of Art, physically located in Washington DC but just a couple of mouse clicks away on the desktop. We explored the "stories" function offered as part of the Getty’s virtual experiences, plunging into the topic of "Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting."

Stories are somewhat lower tech as compared to the Google street view style tours we participated in later in the morning, however, they are a user-friendly way to learn more about a specific subject. The Vermeer compilation, for example, takes a deep dive into the works of Vermeer and his fellow genre painters whose works were an elegant portrayal of people and scenes associated with the Dutch Golden Age. Stories feature relevant visuals, informative content, and fascinating facts as a snapshot of artists, genres, mediums, movements, and a never-ending list of additional categories.

A Virtual Walk Around the J. Paul Getty Museum

After the National Gallery, we popped over to the J. Paul Getty Museum. Thanks to virtual tours, the opportunities to explore museums on the arts and culture app are simply phenomenal. We started our online tour of the Getty utilizing the "pocket gallery" feature of the app and it's as close as you can get to being there without actually being there. As you move from room to room you can view each artwork as though you are standing in front of it. We particularly enjoyed Room 2 which features works that are a reflection of the Baroque style born of the Renaissance. 

To use the "Pocket Gallery," feature, you'll need to download the app on your phone through either the apple or google play store. The experience is accessed by going to the camera function within the phone app. This gives you some additional options that aren't available on the webpage version and the added bonus of fun elements such as an “art selfie” feature which allows you to see which subjects from famous paintings you most resemble.

A Virtual Tour of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao

Virtual tours are easy utilizing the Google Arts and Culture platform on our desktop, so we decided to check out the Guggenheim Museum's fascinating art displays and exhibits. After pulling up the main page, the Google dashboard gives you a variety of options, for which we went directly to the "Museum Explorer" icon and headed for the Guggenheim using the search by alpha feature.

Navigating the options on our desktop, we noted that the Guggenheim can be explored from three different vantage points, or “views” as the site calls them. These included an interior perspective as well as two different angles from the roof, thanks to the virtual tour functionality. While not all museums offer this feature, the option is indicated by an icon which is a small orange figure of a person encircled in white, that allows you to view the exhibits by room, with a variety of clickable links delineated as a gallery at the bottom of each page. Click on each individual gallery to explore them in greater detail.

Accessing the Entire Van Gogh Museum

We couldn't pass up the opportunity to access the entire museum thanks to the virtual museum tours available on the Google website and app. The Museum which is physically located in Amsterdam draws big crowds, both in "real life" and virtually, as fans of Vincent Van Gogh clamor to witness the collection of over 200 paintings by the famous painter as well as hundreds of drawings and personal letters in the collection.

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While not all popular art museums have chosen to be part of the Google Arts and Culture collection, that doesn't necessarily mean that they don't have online exhibits and tours. If you don't find what you are looking for on the Google arts dashboard, seek out the museums directly to determine what they offer in a virtual format.

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Lily Allen Shares She Sometimes Turns Down David Harbour's Requests in Bed

Lily allen shared details about her sex life with husband david harbour, and how her sobriety has changed her relationship with sex..

For Lily Allen , there's just some requests that are never gonna happen.

The "Smile" singer recently gave insight into her and David Harbour 's marriage and what does and doesn't go on behind closed doors.

"I wonder if I kink shame my husband," Lily joked on the June 17 episode of her Miss Me? podcast with cohost Miquita Oliver . "He often asks for things, and I'm like, 'No, babe. It's not happening."

But she also emphasized that she doesn't try to make the Stranger Things star feel bad for asking, either. 

"Not like, ‘You piece of s--t! How dare you ask me to do that!'" she added. "I'm just like, headache, little headache. I have a bit of a headache, maybe not tonight."

Lily also noted that she isn't judgmental when it comes to people's sexual preferences, adding, "I'm quite into normalizing everything that people are ashamed about in themselves."

But the 39-year-old, who was previously married to Sam Cooper from 2011 until 2018, has also had a complicated past when it comes to her sexual history and her relationship with alcohol.

"I think alcohol had quite a lot to do with the kink for me," she shared. "Before I got with David, I don't think I'd ever had sex not drunk."

For Lily, who wed David, 49, in 2020 , being inebriated was how she coped with situations she felt unable to decline.

"It was quite a lot of times when I was doing things I didn't necessarily want to be doing," she recalled. "But I'm a people-pleaser, and I have a deep-rooted fear of abandonment. So, I felt like if I don't play the game, then I'm going to be abandoned and rejected."

Five years into her sobriety journey, Lily—who shares kids Ethel , 12, and Marnie , 11, with Sam—revealed how much her life has transformed.

"I don't think I'd be married to my husband," she told Glamour UK last April. "I don't think that my kids would be thriving in the way that they are. I don't think that I'd have gone into finding acting and how much I enjoy that."

"Pretty much every aspect of my life has changed as a result of my sobriety," she continued. "I actually don't even know if I'd be alive if I'm honest if I hadn't got sober. At the top of my gratitude list when I go to bed every night is my sobriety."

Keep reading to see other stars who've been candid about their sobriety journey.

The Spider-Man: No Way Home  star stopped drinking alcohol in 2022  after feeling "enslaved" to the drink. "I was definitely addicted to alcohol, not shying away from that at all," Holland recalled on the  On Purpose with Jay Shetty podcast. "I think that anyone that has a beer everyday has probably got a little bit of a problem."

"And then you would just reach that moment where you're like 'Wow, I shouldn't have had that last beer,'" the actor continued. "And you wake up the next day and you have a terrible headache."

Since making the lifestyle change, Holland noticed he "could sleep better" and "handle problems better."

"Things that would go wrong on set that would normally set me off, I could take in my stride," he shared. "I had so much such better mental clarity. I felt healthier. I felt fitter."

Alec Baldwin

The star of  Hunt for Red October  does not often speak to his sobriety journey, which began almost forty years ago. 

"I don't discuss this a lot," he said during a May 2024 podcast appearance . "I discuss it every now and then when it makes sense. I'm 39 years sober. I got sober Feb. 23, 1985."

Speaking about his life after moving from New York City to Los Angeles in 1983, Alec explained, "I had a white-hot problem every day for two years. I think I snorted a line of cocaine from here to Saturn. We took it back home. I mean, cocaine was like coffee back then. Everybody was doing it all day long."

And after quitting the drug, he soon turned to alcohol—only to also quit that dependency. 

Today, he relies on the city around him. 

"New York relaxes me," he shared of his home. "I walk around and I see aspects of it that I've never seen before. I'll look at a building and I'll go, 'My God, I never noticed that about that building, those doors.' I have lunches and coffee and my friends."

Anne Hathaway

The Princess Diaries alum shared in April 2024 that she is more than five years sober . As she told the New York Times , "That feels like a milestone to me."

Her reasoning was clear. "I knew deep down it wasn't for me," she shared. "And it just felt so extreme to have to say, 'But none?' But none. If you're allergic to something or have an anaphylactic reaction to something, you don't argue with it. So I stopped arguing with it."

And she's happy she made that decision. "My personal experience with it is that everything is better," she continued. "For me, it was wallowing fuel. And I don't like to wallow."

In May 2023, the One Direction alum celebrated being 100 days sober . "I feel amazing," he said at the time. "I feel really, really good, and support from the fans and everything has been really, really good."

His battle began during the height of 1D mania. "The problem we had in the band—and I don't blame anybody for this...But it feels to me like, when we were in the band, the best way to secure us, because of how big it got, was to just lock us in a room. And, of course, what is in the room? A minibar," Liam shared. "So at a certain point, I thought, 'Well, I'm going to have a party for one,' and that just seemed to carry on throughout many years of my life."

Throughuot, he's been candid about his sobriety. "It was only until I saw myself after that I was like, 'All right, I need to fix myself,'" he recalled in June 2021 when  he said he was more than one month sober at the time. "It was like a few pictures of me on a boat and I'm all, like, bloated out, and I call it pills-and-booze face….My face was just like 10 times more than it is now. And I just didn't like myself very much, so then I made a change."

While accepting the 2018 Woman of the Year Award by the Peggy Albrecht Friendly House, a residential program for women recovering from substance and alcohol abuse, Moore spoke about the "self-destructive path" that nearly derailed her career. 

"I feel like there's a defining moments in our lives that shape who we are and the direction we go and early in my career, I was spiraling down a path of real self-destruction and no matter what successes I had, I just never felt good enough," the star recalled. "I had absolutely no value for myself and this self-destructive path, it very quickly brought me to a real crisis point and it wasn't clear at the time the reason. Maybe it was divine intervention." 

Moore, who sought treatment in 2012, thanked two unnamed people she "barely knew" for delivering something of an ultimatum to her to turn her life around. "Unless I was dead, I better show up," she quipped, adding that she was given "a chance to redirect the course of my life before I destroyed everything."

"Clearly they saw more of me than I saw of myself," Moore noted. "And I'm so grateful because without that opportunity, without their believing me, I wouldn't be standing here today."

The late Friends star revealed in 2022 that he had spent about $9 million trying to get sober after getting hooked on alcohol and drugs at a young age. His addiction struggles began at age 14, when he started drinking Budweiser and Andrès Baby Duck, before he started dabbling in drugs like Vicodin, Xanax and OxyContin.

"I would fake back injuries. I would fake migraine headaches. I had eight doctors going at the same time," Perry said in a 2022 profile in  The New York Times , marking 18 months of sobriety. "I would wake up and have to get 55 Vicodin that day, and figure out how to do it. When you're a drug addict, it's all math. I go to this place, and I need to take three. And then I go to this place, and I'm going to take five because I'm going to be there longer. It's exhausting but you have to do it or you get very, very sick."

He noted, "I wasn't doing it to feel high or to feel good. I certainly wasn't a partyer; I just wanted to sit on my couch, take five Vicodin and watch a movie. That was heaven for me. It no longer is."

Cyrus shared in 2022 that she's been in recovery for her Xanax addiction since 2020. "It gave me so much structure in the time that I really needed structure, because I didn't want to just be sitting around and stirring in my brain," she told Rolling Stone . "It gave me hope." 

The singer added, "Once I felt that it was possible to silence things out for a second and numb your pain, it was over."

She said her friends at the time "kind of cosigned" her drug use and "it just kind of becomes this dark pit, bottomless pit." But, during the pandemic, Cyrus said she was noticing challenges and felt she wasn't emotionally present. "I was completely nodding off and falling asleep," she recalled. "And unable to keep my head up or keep my eyes open, because I was so far gone."

She eventually sought help and noted that "it took some time to get on my own two feet."

The Parenthood alum was sober for 16 years before relapsing in 2020 by taking Vicodin after a motorcycle accident. 

"For the last eight weeks maybe, I don't really know…I'm on them all day," he said on his Armchair Expert podcast. "And I'm allowed to be on them at some dosage because I have a prescription and then I'm also augmenting that."

"And I hate it," he continued. "And I'm lying to other people. And I know I have to quit. But my tolerance is going up so quickly that I'm now in a situation where I'm taking, you know, eight 30s a day, and I know that's an amount that's going to result in a pretty bad withdrawal. And I start getting really scared, and I'm starting to feel really lonely. And I just have this enormous secret." 

Jamie Lee Curtis

In 2018, the Halloween star got very candid about her 10-year addiction to opiates, which began in the late '80s after a minor plastic surgery "for my hereditary puffy eyes." The reslt was a prescription that changed her life. "I had a 10-year run, stealing, conniving," she told People . "No one knew. No one."

When her sister visited her in the summer of 1998 and brought along prescribed painkillers for a rib injury, Curtis said she hit her rock bottom. "I knew she had them in her suitcase in our guest room closet," she told the publication , crying at the memory. "I basically took all her opiates. When she was leaving I knew she would pack her suitcase and find her pills missing. I knew I had to acknowledge to her what I had done, and so I wrote her a note and left it on her suitcase. I came home that day, and she put her arms around me and told me she loved me and she was concerned about me and she was unwilling to watch me kill myself."

She attended her first meeting on Feb. 3, 1999, the same day she revealed her struggle to her filmmaker husband  Christopher Guest . "He was incredulous that he'd never noticed," Curtis said, adding that she's been sober ever since.

Barrymore, who previously went to rehab for alcohol and drug addiction, shared in 2021 that she was marking a big milestone in her journey. "I'm just going to say something for the first time in a long time: I have not had a drink of alcohol in two and a half years," she said on CBS Mornings . "And it was something that I realized just did not serve me in my life."

She added, "It's so funny. When we reveal ourselves and our truths and the things we've worked so hard for, it's so liberating and vulnerable all at the same time." 

Barrymore later explained to the  Los Angeles Times that she doesn't use the "sober" label because she doesn't want people to think she's "some perfect Puritan."

"I kept thinking, ‘I'll master this. I'll figure it out,'" she said in 2023. "And finally, I just realized: ‘You've never mastered this, and you never will.'"

The A Star Is Born actor struggled with a cocaine addiction during the early aughts before friend Will Arnett stepped in and confronted him out about his behavior.

"That was the first time I ever realized I had a problem with drugs and alcohol⁠," Cooper recalled during a 2022 appearance on the Smartless podcast. "I'll just never forget it."

Crediting Arnett as "the reason" he went sober, Cooper added, "He took that risk of having a hard conversation with me that put me on a path of deciding to change my life."

The  Fight Club star spent years struggling with alcohol before   Cooper helped him get sober. "I got sober because of this guy," he told the audience at the 2020 National Board of Review Annual Awards after Cooper presented him with a trophy. "And every day's been happier ever since."

In September 2023, the Cruel Intentions alum shared on Instagram that this was " the longest I've gone since I was a teen without some kind of nicotine or marijuana in my system (among other things)."

"Feeling thankful for the freedom that comes with breaking addictions and dependency on substance," he added. "Sobriety, clarity, and spiritual connectedness feels real good."

After publicly celebrating six years of sobriety on tour in 2018, the singer stunned fans later that same year with the release of the confessional single "Sober," which revealed that she had relapsed.

"Mama, I'm so sorry I'm not sober anymore / And Daddy please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor / To the ones who never left me / We've been down this road before I'm so sorry, I'm not sober anymore," she sang.

A month later, Lovato was hospitalized for a near-fatal overdose .

"I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction," she wrote on Instagram two weeks later. "What I've learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet...I now need time to heal and focus on my sobriety and road to recovery. The love you have all shown me will never be forgotten and I look forward to the day where I can say I came out on the other side. I will keep fighting." 

In 2018, she recalled battling her addiction s  to sex and alcohol. "My sort of addictions jump. They jump around. When I was younger, I definitely think I had a sex addiction of some kind, yes, that everything could be fixed by sex," she said, before sharing about the time she realized she'd developed a troubling drinking problem.

"I remember reaching a rock bottom that time I was in the house by myself and I had those two bottles of wine and was going for the third bottle," she said. "And I was like, ‘Now hold up. You're in the this house by yourself going onto your third bottle of wine? You might have a problem.'"

"So I went cold turkey. That's the thing about me: I can go cold turkey. I am a binger, and I always have to watch myself and I can just get obsessed with things," she continued. "It's not what you're doing but how you're with it. Why you're doing it. It's the behavior that's attached to it because if you want to have a lot of sex, that's great, but why are you having all that sex? That's what you've got to look at."

The Backstreet Boys member tried drugs for the first time before filming the music video for 2000's "The Call," telling Good Morning America years later that he "was off the walls" during the shoot. He got sober in 2021 and saw numerous positive benefits just one year later , including losing 32 pounds in seven months by cutting out alcohol and fast food.

"Drinking caused weight gain," he told  Today in September 2022, "but it also weighed down my mental state."

After the sudden death of Mac Miller , the rapper—born Shad Moss —took to Twitter to let his fans know that he'd once struggled with a cough syrup addiction .  "To the youth- Stop with these dumb ass drugs," he began his series of tweets. "Im going to let something out. When me and  Omarion  worked on FACE OFF album. I was high off lean everyday! When yall saw me on BET going off on  Torae  i was high off lean. My attitude everything changed. My fans started to...Turn on me my family too. I never promoted lean in my songs. The whole time i was on the UCP tour with  Chris  [ Brown ] I WAS SIPPING 4's atleast 7 times a day. I was addicted until our show in Cincinnati.. i came off stg and passed out woke up in the hospital i was having withdraws." "I never felt a pain like that ever," Bow Wow continued. "It was summer but i was walking round with 3 hoodies on because i was so cold. I missed the chicago show of that tour baltimore show BECAUSE I WAS F--KING HIGH AND SICK!!!! that s--t is not cool and i was doing it to be cool! Kick that s--t! Be a good son or daughter. Be the best you. Ima start being more vocal. We gotta save the youth from going out early. Parents watch your kids. Explain to them. We want yall to live man. I almost died f--king with syrup." "To this day im affected my stomach will...Never be the same and it hasnt been. DRUG FREE IS THE WAY TO BE! smarten up tighten up out here," he told his fans. "We cant lose no more of you. Not one! I love all yall. The young artist all the kids around the world.. dont follow a trend. Break the cycle. PEACE."

With the dual releases of her fourth studio album  No Shame  and memoir  My Thoughts Exactly , the singer spent much of 2018 getting brutally honest about the height of her addition problems. According to Allen, she was abusing cocaine and drinking to the point of being "parisitically drunk. Ultimately, Gwyneth Paltrow  and  Chris Martin   staged an intervention  after  she accidentally headbutted   Orlando Bloom  at  Kate Hudson 's Halloween party and knocked herself out.

She told The Guardian , "Nothing seemed to reach or satisfy me. I remember waking up one morning in those dark days thinking, ‘Maybe it's time for heroin, because nothing else is working.'"

The Parent Trap actor battled a cocaine addiction throughout the '80s that sent him to rehab in 1990. As he later explained on Today , he grew up in the '60s and '70s when "there was a completely different attitude" towards the drug. 

"It was even in some movie budgets. I was basically doing cocaine pretty much on a daily basis during the '80s," he admitted in 2018. "I spent many, many a night screaming at God to 'Please take this away from me and I'll never do it again, cause I've only got an hour before I have to be at work.' Then at 4 o'clock in the afternoon I'd go, 'Oh it's not so bad.'"

"I had what I call a white light experience where I saw myself either dead or losing everything that meant anything to me," he continued. He had to sit down then-fiancée Meg Ryan and explain what was going on. Then, he sought help. "That was the end of the love affair with me and cocaine."

After an incident in Newport Beach where the Olympic swimmer tried to kick in his own hotel room door, Lochte made the decision to seek treatment  in 2018. "Ryan has been battling from alcohol addiction for many years and unfortunately it has become a destructive pattern for him," his rep told E! News in a statement. "He has acknowledged that he needs professional assistance to overcome his problem and will be getting help immediately."

"Ryan knows that conquering this disease now is a must for him to avoid making future poor decisions, to be the best husband and father he can be, and if he wants to achieve his goal to return to dominance in the pool in his 5th Olympics in Tokyo in 2020," the statement concluded.

Jason Ritter

Although the Parenthood alum knows that "one of the things that you're not supposed to do is get sober for somebody else," his relationship with now-wife Melanie Lynskey was a major reason that led him to swearing off alcohol.

"At a point, I knew how amazing she was and I thought she would be incredible for someone who deserved her," he explained during a March 2023 appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show , "and I didn't feel like I was that person. I felt a little bit too crazy."

However, as Ritter noted to E! News, he now sees that sobriety is ultimately a personal choice .

"It was easier for me to say that I'm doing it for her because, at that time, I didn't feel like I was sort of worth much," he recalled of the early days of their relationship. "I didn't care as much about hurting myself as I did about hurting her. So, initially it was easier for me to say, 'I'm doing this for her.' And now, I'm doing it for myself."

Brantley Gilbert

The country star has been sober for nearly a decade, but it was a hard-fought road getting there. His addiction to alcohol and pain pills began soon after graduating from high school and didn't abate when his career began to take off. He kept a black leather laptop bag filled with bottles of Jagermeister or vodka "at arm's reach at all times," he told previously revealed to People , adding that throughout the day, "every hour and a half to two hours it'd be time to get two or three good pulls on the bottle. And every three or four hours it's time for a pill or two." 

And it had no effect on his success. "It wasn't like I was stumbling around all day," he admitted. "I was fully functioning — I wrote more songs then than I do now. That was the scary part."

In late 2011, he was hospitalized with pancreatitis and was told that if he didn't stop drinking, he wouldn't see his next birthday. "I still put it off and was trying to slow down on my own, like, 'All right I'm only gonna let myself take two pills today. I'm only gonna drink this much of my bottle and make a mark on the bottle,'" he recalled. "And it would work a couple days—and then somebody throws a party."

He eventually sought help, entering rehab on Dec. 18, 2011. "I got to the point where I knew it was something I couldn't do on my own," Gilbert said. "Pissed me off to no end and embarrassed me. I'm a pretty strong-willed person but that was the one thing in my life that I couldn't get to stick."

Negro Leagues legends tell stories of Mays and more at Museum brunch

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Ahead of MLB’s Tribute to the Negro Leagues at Rickwood Field on Thursday night, there was one final get together aimed at giving those who battled and balled in the Negro Leagues the shine and adoration that they deserve. And in the name of stacking history upon history, the numerous former Negro Leaguers on hand to watch the Giants take on the Cardinals met at the Negro Southern League Museum in downtown Birmingham. Of the 157 Negro Leaguers invited by MLB, close to 60 were present.

“We wanted to ensure that we would have as many former Negro League players with us today as possible,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said before the luncheon began. “Honestly, to those players, we are honored to have you here to celebrate the Negro Leagues. This will be the largest gathering of former Negro League players in nearly 30 years. We really do believe that Rickwood Field is that ideal setting for a celebration whose time has come.”

Whether they played for the Negro American League, the Negro National League, or the Negro Southern League, brilliant barnstormers filled into the museum, witnessing how the history that they created was on display for residents and visitors to learn about. The Birmingham Black Barons and Indianapolis Clowns jerseys that they donned, the Homestead Grays and Kansas City Monarchs hats that sat like loose crowns upon their heads.

Even more, they were able to meet each other and trade stories. To put names to faces that may have only been whispers and figures in the past.

“I’m just so delighted,” said Eddie Banks, who played for the Newark Eagles from 1958-60. “Because I’m in the presence of all the players that are still here, we’ve lost so many guys. And these guys that are still here get a chance to mingle with each other. … So we are hoping that they are ready at this point in time to accept the fact the Negro Leagues were a real, major baseball operation. And that it was competitive with anybody that wanted to play the game. This is a culmination of a lot of work.

“We talk about standing on the shoulders of folks who have made you who you are now. … That terminology can very well be used in honor of the Negro Leagues. Because some of the younger guys -- and I’m one of them, I’m 82 years old -- we stood on the shoulders of these guys who made this what it is today.”

It’s quite the parallel to be perusing the exhibits at the NSLM on Thursday, then turn your head to the left and see generations of Black baseball history and royalty laughing like old friends. And while the invaluable work that the museum has done to archive and preserve the pieces of Negro Leagues memorabilia and record books cannot be overstated, nothing can match the opportunity to hear the history straight from their mouths. The stories that didn’t make it into the newspapers, that didn’t get cemented in the box scores. The history that can’t be left behind if we want to honor these players’ lives.

“I do remember the time in high school -- because Willie [Mays] was a little ahead of me, and he was in the army at the time -- and I was in the 11th grade,” said Bill “Fast Ball” Hopson, who played for the Philadelphia Stars from 1960-62. “And [Willie] came to see ‘Fast Ball’ Bill Hopson. And when he came, we were having practice. And he said, ‘Well let me see if you can throw the ball.’ I said, ‘You want me to strike you out?’

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“[Willie] said, ‘Well, if you can.’ And guess what -- I did.’”

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People watching a movie in a Pioner 24-hour open-air cinema in Gorky Park.

People watching a movie in a Pioner 24-hour open-air cinema in Gorky Park.

Temporary cinemas will be popping up across Moscow very soon, starting from July 16. All of the spots are brilliant examples of either constructivist or avant-garde architecture, so expect striking settings. A selection of classic Soviet films will be aired using cinematic equipment from the last century. All the screenings are free although online registration is required beforehand, while there will also be guided tours of the spaces, organized by the “Moscow through the Engineer's Eyes” company.

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Following the success of former factories transformed into art spaces (VinZavod, Arma, Trekhgornaya manufacture), Khlebzavod (“bread factory”) No 9 is one newly opened joint that is attracting creative types from all over the city. The movie Time! Forward! will be screened in the building’s boiler room on July 16. It follows workers from the Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works, one of the largest steel companies in Russia, and is based on a novel by Soviet writer Valentin Kataev.

What’s more, Khlebzavod is a monument to constructivist architecture. Where better to watch such a film?

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Roof of the Narkomfin Building

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The Narkomfin Building was originally designed to house high ranking employees at the Commissariat of Finance. It was built by architects Moisei Ginsburg and Ignaty Milinis. Also a fine example of constructivism, it’s currently in a state of disrepair, locked down, and fairly difficult to get into - which is like a red flag to a bull for more adventurous types.

However, on July 30 the place will be opened up and people will be welcomed onto the roof to watch the film Faith and Truth.

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Khrushchyovka courtyard

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A courtyard located in the 9th experimental block of the Novye Cheremushki district will turn into an outdoor cinema this summer. Cheremushki is the first district where Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchyov decided to build the iconic Khrushchyovka apartment blocks in the 1950s. As a result, thousands of Russians were given their own pads after decades living huddled together in communal apartments known as kommunalka .

Cheremushki is the adapted film-version of Dmitry Shostakovich’s operetta and will be shown here on Aug. 6. The organizers of the multiple screenings - the Moskino cinema chain - say they will revive the Soviet tradition of neighbors meeting in courtyards for a good old tongue wag. There will also be a guided tour of the block.

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Pioneers Palace

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If you want a slice of the postwar Soviet avant-garde style, head to the Pioneers Palace at Vorobyevy Gory. Pioneers Palaces were youth centers for sport, creativity, and hobbies for Young Pioneers (a communist organization for children) during the Soviet Union. There were dance classes, martial arts, drawing, and many other activities.

To Love a Man , a movie about two young architects building a new town in Siberia, will be shown here on Aug. 22. There will also be a lecture about building experiments in the 20th century.

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The last cinema venue remains a secret. On Aug. 27 there will be a screening, but at the moment no one knows where. Information will appear on but those who attend all four screenings above will be able to guess the last location.

A talk about architecture and Soviet history also will be hosted here.

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Leslie jordan to receive posthumous life achievement award at hollywood museum.

The honor, accepted by longtime Jordan pal Del Shores, will be presented during an event to mark the debut of the museum's Real to Reel: Portrayals and Perceptions of LGBTQs in Hollywood exhibit.

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Expected attendees also include Hollywood Museum founder and president Donelle Dadigan, Young & the Restless star Kate Linder, Lee Purcell, Jeremy Miller, Alice Amter, Kathy Kolla, Rico E. Anderson, Tyrone DuBose, Eve Richards, Melissa Niece Smith, Gary Lane, Larry Lane, Geoffrey Mark, Paul L. Hart, Peter Szeliga, Brooke St. John, Darren Deng, Guillermo Diaz, Bobby Trendy, Jason Stuart, Shawn Pelofsky, John Tucker, Megan Davis, Jackette Knightley, Alan Rich, Sherry Vine, Ingenue, Glen Alen and others.

The Real to Reel exhibit is designed to shine a spotlight on 100+ years of content, costumes, props and memorabilia from films, TV shows and digital offerings. The exhibit will also feature special costumes worn by Jordan during his long career.

“The museum welcomes the opportunity to create and showcase this important exhibition, sharing with the public the artistic expression and extraordinary significance of the LGBTQ+ culture and its effect and impact on the world through the medium of entertainment,” Dadigan said of the works, houses in the Hollywood Museum that is located in the historic Max Factor Building.

It’s not the first honor Jordan has received after his death. He was previously honored with a Leslie Jordan Award for Excellence in the Arts at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s gala on April 22, 2023.

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Here's a look at what's happening leading up to the NYC Pride March on Sunday.

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The scene at the World Pride Parade in New York.

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The Unique Burial of a Child of Early Scythian Time at the Cemetery of Saryg-Bulun (Tuva)

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In 1988, the Tuvan Archaeological Expedition (led by M. E. Kilunovskaya and V. A. Semenov) discovered a unique burial of the early Iron Age at Saryg-Bulun in Central Tuva. There are two burial mounds of the Aldy-Bel culture dated by 7th century BC. Within the barrows, which adjoined one another, forming a figure-of-eight, there were discovered 7 burials, from which a representative collection of artifacts was recovered. Burial 5 was the most unique, it was found in a coffin made of a larch trunk, with a tightly closed lid. Due to the preservative properties of larch and lack of air access, the coffin contained a well-preserved mummy of a child with an accompanying set of grave goods. The interred individual retained the skin on his face and had a leather headdress painted with red pigment and a coat, sewn from jerboa fur. The coat was belted with a leather belt with bronze ornaments and buckles. Besides that, a leather quiver with arrows with the shafts decorated with painted ornaments, fully preserved battle pick and a bow were buried in the coffin. Unexpectedly, the full-genomic analysis, showed that the individual was female. This fact opens a new aspect in the study of the social history of the Scythian society and perhaps brings us back to the myth of the Amazons, discussed by Herodotus. Of course, this discovery is unique in its preservation for the Scythian culture of Tuva and requires careful study and conservation.

Keywords: Tuva, Early Iron Age, early Scythian period, Aldy-Bel culture, barrow, burial in the coffin, mummy, full genome sequencing, aDNA

Information about authors: Marina Kilunovskaya (Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation). Candidate of Historical Sciences. Institute for the History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Dvortsovaya Emb., 18, Saint Petersburg, 191186, Russian Federation E-mail: [email protected] Vladimir Semenov (Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation). Candidate of Historical Sciences. Institute for the History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Dvortsovaya Emb., 18, Saint Petersburg, 191186, Russian Federation E-mail: [email protected] Varvara Busova  (Moscow, Russian Federation).  (Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation). Institute for the History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  Dvortsovaya Emb., 18, Saint Petersburg, 191186, Russian Federation E-mail:  [email protected] Kharis Mustafin  (Moscow, Russian Federation). Candidate of Technical Sciences. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.  Institutsky Lane, 9, Dolgoprudny, 141701, Moscow Oblast, Russian Federation E-mail:  [email protected] Irina Alborova  (Moscow, Russian Federation). Candidate of Biological Sciences. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.  Institutsky Lane, 9, Dolgoprudny, 141701, Moscow Oblast, Russian Federation E-mail:  [email protected] Alina Matzvai  (Moscow, Russian Federation). Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.  Institutsky Lane, 9, Dolgoprudny, 141701, Moscow Oblast, Russian Federation E-mail:  [email protected]

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Zvenigorod's most famous sight is the Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery, which was founded in 1398 by the monk Savva from the Troitse-Sergieva Lavra, at the invitation and with the support of Prince Yury Dmitrievich of Zvenigorod. Savva was later canonised as St Sabbas (Savva) of Storozhev. The monastery late flourished under the reign of Tsar Alexis, who chose the monastery as his family church and often went on pilgrimage there and made lots of donations to it. Most of the monastery’s buildings date from this time. The monastery is heavily fortified with thick walls and six towers, the most impressive of which is the Krasny Tower which also serves as the eastern entrance. The monastery was closed in 1918 and only reopened in 1995. In 1998 Patriarch Alexius II took part in a service to return the relics of St Sabbas to the monastery. Today the monastery has the status of a stauropegic monastery, which is second in status to a lavra. In addition to being a working monastery, it also holds the Zvenigorod Historical, Architectural and Art Museum.

Belfry and Neighbouring Churches

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Located near the main entrance is the monastery's belfry which is perhaps the calling card of the monastery due to its uniqueness. It was built in the 1650s and the St Sergius of Radonezh’s Church was opened on the middle tier in the mid-17th century, although it was originally dedicated to the Trinity. The belfry's 35-tonne Great Bladgovestny Bell fell in 1941 and was only restored and returned in 2003. Attached to the belfry is a large refectory and the Transfiguration Church, both of which were built on the orders of Tsar Alexis in the 1650s.  

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To the left of the belfry is another, smaller, refectory which is attached to the Trinity Gate-Church, which was also constructed in the 1650s on the orders of Tsar Alexis who made it his own family church. The church is elaborately decorated with colourful trims and underneath the archway is a beautiful 19th century fresco.

Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral

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The Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral is the oldest building in the monastery and among the oldest buildings in the Moscow Region. It was built between 1404 and 1405 during the lifetime of St Sabbas and using the funds of Prince Yury of Zvenigorod. The white-stone cathedral is a standard four-pillar design with a single golden dome. After the death of St Sabbas he was interred in the cathedral and a new altar dedicated to him was added.

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Under the reign of Tsar Alexis the cathedral was decorated with frescoes by Stepan Ryazanets, some of which remain today. Tsar Alexis also presented the cathedral with a five-tier iconostasis, the top row of icons have been preserved.

Tsaritsa's Chambers

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The Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral is located between the Tsaritsa's Chambers of the left and the Palace of Tsar Alexis on the right. The Tsaritsa's Chambers were built in the mid-17th century for the wife of Tsar Alexey - Tsaritsa Maria Ilinichna Miloskavskaya. The design of the building is influenced by the ancient Russian architectural style. Is prettier than the Tsar's chambers opposite, being red in colour with elaborately decorated window frames and entrance.

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At present the Tsaritsa's Chambers houses the Zvenigorod Historical, Architectural and Art Museum. Among its displays is an accurate recreation of the interior of a noble lady's chambers including furniture, decorations and a decorated tiled oven, and an exhibition on the history of Zvenigorod and the monastery.

Palace of Tsar Alexis

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The Palace of Tsar Alexis was built in the 1650s and is now one of the best surviving examples of non-religious architecture of that era. It was built especially for Tsar Alexis who often visited the monastery on religious pilgrimages. Its most striking feature is its pretty row of nine chimney spouts which resemble towers.

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