Haven't been to the Getty Museum in a while? Haven't been at all? If you're looking for a great afternoon date, you do not want to miss out on the Leonardao da Vinci exhibit at one of LA's finest museums. On June 20th, the "Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture: Inspiration and Invention" exhibit will come to an end at the Getty Museum. It is a great piece of history right here in our very own city. Some of the attractions have never left Florence, Italy until now, which means we all get to see some incredible art and we don't have to fly out to Italy to see it!
Located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles. the Getty center is free to the public. All you have to pay for is the parking which is $15. Inside you'll find more than just the da Vinci exhibit. There is plenty of pre-20th century art, sculptures and manuscripts from European and American artists. Beginning on June 15th through September 12th, a new exhibit, titled, "The Spectacular Art of Jean -Leon Gerome" will be introduced to the museum. My advise, get there on between June 15th and the 20th so you can see both exhibits!
Since the museum's hours are typically during the day time, (10:00 am - 5:30 pm Tuesday through Friday/Sunday) you two will probably want to lunch while you're there. They offer a self-service cafe or a full service restaurant. Both are good, but for a date, I recommend the restaurant. The menu is good and you get a great view of Santa Monica. Should you show up to the Getty on a Saturday, please note the hours of the museum are from 10:00 am to 9:00 PM and also, word to the wise, the museum is closed on Mondays.
After lunch, head to one of my favorite areas of the Getty. The gardens! They are beautiful and they are there year round! Bring a camera with you because you two will want to take pictures. I have included one photo of the gardens in this article, though it's hard to capture the true beauty in a single shot.
There is no limit to how long you can stay, but I recommend dedicating at least three hours to the entire museum. For more information and FAQ's please go to: http://www.getty.edu/visit/hours/. And afterward, head to the gift shop. You just may find something that you or someone you know can't live without!