Exploring with Detour: Downtown Los Angeles

I took another tour of Los Angeles using the Detour app, which is a free app where you can download audio tours and use your phone’s GPS to explore cities. This tour was called “Downtown: Gateway to the City of Angels,” and it was all about the story of immigrants coming to Los Angeles to build a life and the cultures they brought with them.

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Natural History Museum

20151107_124105The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County opened in 1913 and is the largest museum of natural history on the west coast. It houses subjects such as dinosaurs, mammals, the history of California and much more. I had never been before and it was a great way to spend a Saturday.

Located in Exposition Park, NHMLA sits right next to USC and the California Science Center. There was so much to see in this historic museum starting with its temporary exhibit entitled Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs.

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The Autry Museum

IMG_7240-001For Wild West and American history enthusiasts, the Autry is a gem of a museum. Last week Brianne and I ventured to Griffith Park to see an exhibit that the Autry is showcasing entitled Empire and Liberty: The Civil War and the West. Being more of an art museum fan, I was curious to see a history exhibit.

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The Getty Center

20141228_150945The Getty Center, contrary to the Getty Villa, is huge! I feel like I could have explored all day and still have missed a bunch of exhibitions, displays, and galleries. The museum is built on the top of a hill, so it provided stunning views of LA and the ocean. A tram took us from the parking level to the museum campus. That made it feel all the more exclusive.

We started off by taking a tour of the highlights of the museum. I have never know how I feel about tours. They are so informative and I learn so much from them, but I always want to explore on my own, too. But this one was interesting, seeing as how it chose highlights from each room and discussed them with the group. Continue reading

The Getty Villa

ZeusThe Getty Villa (not to be confused with the Getty Center), is a beautiful museum dedicated to Greek and Roman mythology, art, sculpture, and antiquities. The topic of mythology is one that fascinates me, therefore it deserves a blog post! If you haven’t visited the Getty Villa, I suggest you do. If only for the amazing architecture and gardens.

The Villa is located in Malibu and provides some great views of the ocean from the grounds. The whole place was designed as a replica of a real Roman villa, the Villa dei Papiri, giving it that vibe of authenticity. Much of the Villa dei Papiri was buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. It truly is a step back in time to the cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria (central Italy).

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Pleasant Valley Historical Society & Museum

20140126_140249-001In the heart of Camarillo lies this small museum dedicated to preserving the rich history of the city, Ventura County, and all its surroundings. Inside, you’ll find all sorts of original items dating back to the times of Adolfo Camarillo himself. It’s obvious that this museum is well maintained and cared for by the Historical Society. Each item is displayed well and mentioned in tours and in their informative binders and placards.

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