As a popular international destination, Los Angeles is the home of the entertainment industry and is a well-known hotspot for fine arts and culture.
There’s no shortage of awe-inspiring works of art in galleries around the city, so if you’re an art connoisseur traveling to LA, you’ll have plenty of options.
While you’re in town, stop by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (also known as LACMA), the Broad, and the Museum of Contemporary Art (better known as MOCA).
Another one of the most popular galleries in the area is the J. Paul Getty Museum. More than 2 million people visit the Getty’s two Los Angeles campuses each year, where they can view classic paintings, sculptures, illuminated manuscripts, and more.
Located in Malibu, the Getty Villa is “dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria,” and hosts public programs and supports the research of ancient art created in these areas.
In fact, the museum is so closely tied to the study of these historical cultures that the design of the Getty Villa itself was modeled after the Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum. The ancient villa was buried after Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79 and re-discovered in the 18th century.
During the excavation, archaeologists uncovered countless stunning and historical artifacts, including ornately decorated floors, walls, bronze and marble statues, and more than 1,000 papyrus scrolls. Many of these relics are on display right now at the Getty Villa in Malibu — but only until October 28, 2019.
The exhibition, titled “Buried by Vesuvius,” showcases these ancient marvels. At the same time, the Getty is hosting educational events for the public to gain a deeper understanding of the artifacts and the era in which they were created.
Through the end of the month, for example, the exhibition curator is running guided tours to share behind-the-scenes insights about the artworks on display. There are also talks presented by renowned classicists who discuss historical attempts to decipher the Herculaneum Papyri. And don’t miss Getty conservators talk about their firsthand experience preserving and studying the relics featured in the exhibit!
You can find an overview of the impressive exhibition here, but the best way to see these magnificent pieces of history is in person at the Getty Museum during a visit to Southern California.
There’s so much to experience in Los Angeles, but the Getty is a must-do for your trip. If you’re planning a visit, make sure your accommodation is centrally located so you can easily access various areas of the sprawling city.
The Century Park Hotel in West Los Angeles offers stylish accommodation for families, couples, and individual travelers. Located in the heart of LA, you can easily drive to the Getty to see these fascinating relics and return to the hotel for a comfortable stay.
Don’t miss the opportunity to catch these one-of-a-kind ancient items before the exhibit wraps up at the end of October. Book your stay at the Century Park Hotel today.