Los Angeles

Culture ❙ Food ❙ Kids

Drive-2 hrs 30 min.  Fly-50 min.  July  Temp-84°/65°

The J. Paul Getty Museum
The J. Paul Getty Museum

La-la-land may get an unfair rep for being shallow, but it is rich with culture for visitors of all ages. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the largest art museum in the western United States, is home to 100,000 pieces dating from ancient times to the present. Current exhibits showcase the origin of L.A.-based artist Stephen Prina’s installation As He Remembered It, Henri Matisse: La Gerbe, and an exhibit from the polymath, painter, filmmaker, and writer Hans Richter.

The J. Paul Getty Museum emphasizes visual arts of historic virtue and high quality which can be seen in the current exhibit Sicily: Art and Invention Between Greece and Rome.

At The Museum of Contemporary Art, view the murals of Los Angeles artist RETNA in Para mi gente. You can also see the Swiss-born artist Urs Fischer’s iconic sculptural works.

For those who really want to time travel, The Natural History Museum features a new Dinosaur Hall. One of the largest in the world, it has hundreds of real fossils. The kids will love exploring prehistoric animals and bugs in a hands-on area. Next, check out more than 600 bird species, a marsh, and a rainforest as well as a butterfly and rose garden just outside its doors.

For a good meal, venture out at one of the newest restaurants in Hollywood, Littlefork, which takes a stab at East Coast-inspired dishes including oyster sliders, snow crab, and the popular lobster rolls. For dessert, order the apple cider donuts with apple butter and salted caramel.

Nearby you can also try Caulfield’s at the Thompson Beverly Hills, which relaunched this year. Celebrity chef Stephen Kalt serves classic American food on a new level. Pacific fluke crudo with ginger and pear and pizzetta are popular creations.

—Kimberly Horg

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