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The Getty Museum Impresses Our Los Angeles Helicopter Tour
Depending on which heliport we depart from on a luxury helicopter tour of Los Angeles (Santa Monica, Van Nuys, Burbank or a downtown skyscraper) we do not see the beautiful Getty Museum atop its mountain ridge in Brentwood until well into the hour-long flight. Our guests have already been impressed with the layout of this vast city (we only see a portion of the 500 square miles of the city proper). We have probably seen (custom tours is all we do so our routes are not determined in advance) downtown Los Angeles with its gigantic modern towers (the brand new and not quite opened Wilshire Grand Center) and now not so tall historic towers (the infamous city hall building everyone remembers from the television cop show Dragnet). Other grand buildings and extraordinary homes have been pointed out along the way. Then we find ourselves following the mountains and there atop a tall ridge overlooking the entire Los Angeles Basin is the Getty Museum. It is composed of a wild mixture of rectilinear and circular structures with beautifully landscaped gardens all around. We see the snaking path of the electric funicular that delivers visitors to the museum from the parking area below. The wide swath of the Santa Monica Freeway curves up through a canyon just to the east of this museum and art conservation facility. And this is just the jawdropping beauty of the outside of the Getty. Imagine what our guests get to see when they visit the museum (either with us or independently) and walk through the galleries. This is what $1.3 BILLION dollars will get you (and that’s 1997 dollars). But since 1.3 million visitors enjoy the museum each year the price was well worth it. Plan a visit next year for the 20th anniversary and see for yourself what everyone is so excited about. We will be flying over and driving over with our guests. Join us.
Vincent van Gogh’s Irises Touch Our Private Tour
This was at one time the most expensive painting ever sold (~$54M in 1987). Painted in 1889 by Vincent van Gogh while he was institutionalized before his death, this painting is part of series painted in the asylum garden. Our Los Angeles private tour guests were especially moved by this beautiful work as so many of the 1.3 million visitors to the Getty Museum every year find themselves to be. We appreciate that so many of our guests understand that a private custom tour of this magnificent Southern California city can (and we think should) include visits to any number of our impressive museums. Besides the two campuses of the Getty Museum (the Getty Center in Brentwood and the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades), major art museums include the Broad Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), the Hammer Museum and the Norton Simon Museum. There are many more fine art museums and galleries as you would expect. In fact, there is a whole art district in downtown Los Angeles. Besides art museums, there are science museums, natural history, ethnic origin and Hollywood history museums. We like to say there is a museum for everyone, even a kids’ museum. We suggest a visit to a museum of interest to you as part of your private tour so you do not have to worry about driving, parking or timing. We take care of that for you.
Our Private Tour Spends as Much Time Outside the Museum as Inside
The drive to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles is wondrous. The Sepulveda Canyon is a dramatic landscape with the heavily trafficked Santa Monica Freeway (the “405” in local parlance) winding up between steep hillsides. After we park there is the wonderful tram ride from the parking facility up to the museum itself. And then – the view. Los Angeles stretches out before us from the sea to the distant San Jacinto Mountains. The white granite buildings all around us create a true sense of a campus, of multiple disciplines at work exhibiting, conserving and restoring artwork from around the world and throughout history. To say it is breathtaking is not enough. Sculpted gardens demonstrate how lush and verdant foliage can be maintained in an area with so little rain and with irrigation a considerable issue for gardeners and landscape artists. And yet walking the paths and admiring the structures is like being in an outdoor art installation. Our Los Angeles private tour guests really love that we are essentially alone to enjoy and understand more of their surroundings. Our guests point out sights in the distance to be identified and described by their guide with a chance perhaps to visit those places when we depart the museum. By all means when you visit Los Angeles do get to the Getty.
After buzzing low over the Venice and Santa Monica beaches on a luxury helicopter tour of Los Angeles we rise up at the palisades and soon pass over this exquisite Roman-styled building, the Getty Villa. Built in the late 1950’s down the hill from J.P. Getty’s estate it housed his collection of ancient Greek, Roman and Etruscan artifacts. The art and the building are certainly worth visiting when you have a chance. We can arrange a visit to the museum on a ground tour or a combination helicopter flight and ground tour of Los Angeles.
17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, California 90272