Disneyland, Los Angeles

»Posted by on Jan 1, 2015 in Los Angeles Attractions | 0 comments

Characters in front of Sleeping Beauty CastleDisneyland Park, originally Disneyland, is the first of two theme parks built at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, opened on July 17, 1955. It is the only theme park designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney. It was originally the only attraction on the property; its name was changed to Disneyland Park to distinguish it from the expanding complex in the 1990s.

Walt Disney came up with the concept of Disneyland after visiting various amusement parks with his daughters in the 1930s and 1940s. He initially envisioned building a tourist attraction adjacent to his studios in Burbank to entertain fans who wished to visit; however, he soon realized that the proposed site was too small. After hiring a consultant to help him determine an appropriate site for his project, Walt bought a 160-acre site near Anaheim in 1953. Construction began in 1954 and the park was unveiled during a special televised press event on the ABC Television Network on July 17, 1955.

Since its opening, Disneyland has undergone a number of expansions and major renovations, including the addition of New Orleans Square in 1966, Bear Country (now Critter Country) in 1972, and Mickey’s Toontown in 1993. Disney California Adventure Park was built on the site of Disneyland’s original parking lot and opened in 2001.

Disneyland has a larger cumulative attendance than any other theme park in the world, with over 650 million guests since it opened. In 2013, the park hosted approximately 16.2 million guests, making it the third most visited park in the world that calendar year. According to a March 2005 report from the Disney Company, there are 65,700 jobs supported by the Disneyland Resort.

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Japanese American National Museum

»Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in Los Angeles Attractions | 0 comments

Japanese American National Museum

Japanese American National MuseumThe Japanese American National Museum is a museum dedicated to preserving the history and culture of Japanese Americans. The mission of the Japanese American National Museum is to promote understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience.

It is located in the Little Tokyo area near downtown Los Angeles, California. The museum is an affiliate within the Smithsonian Affiliations program.

The museum contains over 130 years of Japanese American history, dating back to the first Issei generation. It houses a moving image archive, which contains over 100,000 feet (30,000 m) of 16 mm and 8 mm home movies of Japanese Americans from the 1920s to the 1950s. It also contains artifacts, textiles, art, photographs, and oral histories of Japanese Americans.

History of the Japanese American National Museum

The Japanese American National Museum is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to sharing the experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry. The founding of the Museum is a story of high hopes, remarkable achievements, frustration, and ultimately, success. Like the saga of generations of Japanese Americans, it is a story of tenacity.

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Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

»Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Los Angeles Attractions | 0 comments

Huntington LibraryThe Huntington is a private, nonprofit institution located in Los Angeles County at San Marino, California. It  was founded in 1919 by Henry E. Huntington, an exceptional businessman who built a financial empire that included railroad companies, utilities, and real estate holdings in Southern California.

Huntington was also a man of vision – with a special interest in books, art, and gardens. During his lifetime, he amassed the core of one of the finest research libraries in the world, established a splendid art collection, and created an array of botanical gardens with plants from a geographic range spanning the globe. These three distinct facets of The Huntington are linked by a devotion to research, education, and beauty.

Library

The Library building was designed in 1920 by the southern California architect Myron Hunt. The Library’s collection of rare books and manuscripts in the fields of British and American history and literature is nothing short of extraordinary. For qualified scholars, The Huntington is one of the largest and most complete research libraries in the United States in its fields of specialization. For the general public, the Library has on display some of the finest rare books and manuscripts of Anglo-American civilization. Altogether,   the library’s holdings contain 7 million items, over 400,000 rare books, and over a million photographs, prints, and other ephemera.

Among the treasures for research and exhibition are the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, a Gutenberg Bible on vellum, the double-elephant folio edition of Audubon’s Birds of America, and a world-class collection of the early editions of Shakespeare’s works.

The Huntington also is among the nation’s most important centers for the study of the American West, with an unsurpassed collection of materials that span the full range of American western settlement, including the overland pioneer experience, the Gold Rush, and the development of Southern California.

The Munger Research Center, the newest addition to the Library structure, adds 90,000 square feet of space for scholars and staff, preservation, conservation, and storage.

Art Collections

The Art Collections are distinguished by their specialized character and elegant settings in three separate galleries on the Huntington grounds. Huntington Botanical GardensA fourth space, the MaryLou and George Boone Gallery, hosts changing exhibitions. The Huntington Art Gallery, originally the Huntington residence, contains one of the most comprehensive collections in this country of 18th- and 19th-century British and French art. It serves as home to Gainsborough’s Blue Boy and Lawrence’sPinkie. On display in the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art, The Huntington’s American art collection includes works from the 1690s to the 1950s, including important paintings such as Mary Cassatt’s Breakfast in Bed, Frederic Edwin Church’s Chimborazo, and Edward Hopper’s The Long Leg.

Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens are an ever-changing exhibition of color and a constant delight. Covering 120 acres, more than a dozen specialized
gardens are arranged within a park-like landscape of rolling lawns. Among the most remarkable are the Desert Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Rose Garden, and the Chinese garden. The camellia collection is one of the largest in the country. Other important botanical attractions include the Subtropical, Herb, Jungle, and Palm gardens.

To the north of the Scott Galleries sits the Botanical Education Center, featuring the Helen and Peter Bing Children’s Garden, the Teaching Greenhouse, and The Rose Hills Foundation Conservatory for Botanical Science. The Conservatory provides children and families with exhibits designed to capture the imagination, engage the senses, and teach some of the fundamentals of botany. The Children’s Garden is most suitable for kids ages 2-7; the Conservatory is designed for middle-school-age students.

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Hop-on Hop-off Los Angeles Tours

»Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Los Angeles Attractions | 0 comments

Starline ToursStar Line offers the best Los Angeles City Sightseeing Hop-On, Hop-Off narrated tour that enables you to see the best of Los Angeles city has to offer from Hollywood to Beverly Hills, the beautiful landscape and beaches of Santa Monica to Downtown LA. You can enjoy a 24 hr, 48 hr or 72 hr pass and enjoy the freedom to experience Los Angeles on your terms. For example, hop on in Hollywood, hop off in Beverly Hills to shop, hop back on and head to Santa Monica to walk the pier and beaches and hop back on to come back and experience Hollywood and Downtown LA.

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The Venice Beach House

»Posted by on Jan 25, 2015 in Los Angeles Best Hotels | 0 comments


The Venice Beach HouseThe Warren Wilson Beach House, later known as The Venice Beach House is a Craftsman style house built in 1911 in the Venice section of Los Angeles, California. The beauty of this fine boarding establishment is that it’s not only a hotel, but also offers more personal experience than staying at the typical Venice Beach hotels. The Venice Beach house has been faithfully restored, inviting a growing circle of friends and family to share its casual elegance. Its distinctive craftsman style and long list of celebrity connections have earned its listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Just a short distance from downtown Santa Monica Pier as well as trendy Abbot Kinney Blvd, the conveniently located House gives you access to the finest dining, shopping and sightseeing Los Angeles has to offer.

You can also enjoy many water activities, such as surfing, swimming, paddle boarding, or just relaxing in the sun. Or cruise the world famous Venice Boardwalk and take in the culture and sights. The historic Venice Beach House offers charming and most relaxing accommodations with the finest amenities, at a price you can afford. Each room has unique features and character, from the Traditional Guest Rooms to the Super Deluxe suites. There is so much to see and do within walking distance of Venice Beach House.

 

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The Cadillac Hotel

»Posted by on Jan 25, 2015 in Los Angeles Best Hotels | 0 comments

The Cadillac HotelThe Cadillac Hotel was built in 1914 and it is  as close to the Venice beach as you can get. Venice beach has seen it changes over the years, but it maintains its unique characteristics. Once a favorite spot of Jim Morrison, Janice Joplin, and Charlie Chaplin, a Cadillac Hotel guest. The city remains a modern day bohemian destination.  The boardwalk bubbles with life on any given day. There are rows of many many vendors selling all kinds of unique treasures. Performances such as flame throwers, glass walkers, comedians, and dancers just to name a few. Of course, the most poplular destnations include, the basketball courts featured in many movies, the famous Muscle Beach which Arnold made famous, the new skatepark, and of course the “Freak Show”. Venice welcomes travelers of any age, culture, or personality and The Cadillac Hotel is the place to stay at the beach.

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Hollywood Sign

»Posted by on Jan 25, 2015 in Los Angeles Attractions | 0 comments

Hollywood SignThe Hollywood Sign formerly known as the Hollywood land Sign is a world famous landmark and American cultural icon located in Los Angeles, California. It is situated on Mount Lee in the Hollywood Hills area of the Santa Monica Mountains. The sign overlooks Hollywood, Los Angeles.

HOLLYWOOD” is spelled out in 45-foot-tall white capital letters and is 350 feet long. It was originally created in 1923 as an advertisement for a local real estate development, but it garnered increasing recognition after the sign was left up. The sign was a frequent target of pranks and vandalism, but it has since undergone restoration, including the installation of a security system to deter vandalism. The sign is protected and promoted by the Hollywood Sign Trust, a nonprofit organization. In 2010, a fundraising effort helped purchase the surrounding land so both the Hollywood Sign and the hillside could become part of Griffith Park.

From the ground, the contours of the hills give the sign its “wavy” appearance, as reflected in the Hollywood Video logo, for example. When observed at a comparable altitude, as in the photo shown on the right, the letters appear nearly level.

The sign makes frequent appearances in popular culture, particularly in establishing shots for films and television programs set in or around Hollywood.

 

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The Hollywood Walk of Fame

»Posted by on Jan 25, 2015 in Los Angeles Attractions | 0 comments

Hollywood -Walk-of-FameThe Hollywood Walk of Fame is an internationally recognized icon in Hollywood. It comprises more than 2,500 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood, California. The stars are permanent public monuments to achievement in the entertainment industry, bearing the names of a mix of actors, musicians, directors, producers, musical and theatrical groups, fictional characters, and others. The Walk of Fame is administered by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and maintained by the self-financing Hollywood Historic Trust.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce continues to add stars to the Walk of Fame as the representative of the City of Los Angeles. The Walk of Fame is a tribute to all of those who worked diligently to develop the concept and to maintain this world-class tourist attraction. The Walk of Fame is open to the public.  It is a popular tourist destination and Los Angeles Attraction, with a reported 10 million visitors in 2003.

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Hollywood Erotic Museum

»Posted by on Jan 25, 2015 in Los Angeles Attractions | 0 comments

The Hollywood Erotic Museum was an adults-only museum located on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California specializing in sexual history in Hollywood. It closed down in mid-2006 due to lack of business.

The museum featured many different items, including original etchings by Pablo Picasso as well as a legendary stag film dating back to 1948 that is allegedly of Marilyn Monroe having sex with an unnamed man. The video owned by the museum is the only known copy in existence. Also in their permanent collection, contemporary erotic art by such artists as Julian Murphy and Tom of Finland.

Hollywood Museum is one of the best things to do in Los Angeles and also a hot Los Angeles Attractions.

 

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Hollywood Museum

»Posted by on Jan 25, 2015 in Los Angeles Attractions | 0 comments

Hollywood MuseumHollywood Museum is the official museum of Hollywood. This museum has the most extensive collection of Hollywood memorabilia in the world. The museum contains four floors of breath taking artifacts exhibits. It is home to more than 10,000 authentic show biz treasures – one of a kind costumes, props, photographs, scripts, stars’ car collections and personal artifacts, posters, and vintage memorabilia from favorite films and TV shows. The Hollywood museum also showcases the history of Hollywood and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

You can see hundreds of costumes on display, including Marilyn Monroe’s million dollar dress, Elvis’ personal bathrobe, I Love Lucy, Superman, Star Trek, Transformers, Glee, High School Musical, Michael Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, plus Rocky’s boxing gloves, Sopranos, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Beyoncé… See Lucy, Judy, Kate and all the greats! Plus the Rat Pack, Jurassic Park, Baywatch, Jaws, Planet of the Apes, The Flintstones, Harry Potter, Miley Cyrus, George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie…and more!!!

The Hollywood Museum is housed in the historic Max Factor Building where Max Factor, Hollywood’s Makeup King , created the looks of Hollywood’s Golden Era stars including Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Garland, Mae West, Jean Harlow & Marilyn Monroe and all your favorite stars…from the Silents through the 1970’s… Don’t forget to visit Max Factor’s world famous makeup rooms and see where Hollywood’s greatest stars got their “look”. See where Marilyn Monroe became a blonde and Lucille Ball a famous redhead!

In the lower level to experience Hannibal Lecter’s jail cell from Silence of the Lambs, Boris Karloff’s mummy, Vampira, Frankenstein and his bride, Elvira– Mistress of the Dark, and other cult horror film favorites.

Hollywood Museum is one of the best things to do in Los Angeles and also a hot Los Angeles Attractions.

 

 

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Mayor of Los Angeles

»Posted by on Jan 25, 2015 in Los Angeles | 0 comments

Eric GarcettiThe 42 nd and current Mayor of the City of Los Angeles is Eric Garcetti (July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2017). He is the official head and chief executive officer of the second most-populous American city, Los Angeles. The mayor is elected for a four-year term and limited to serving no more than two terms.  

His “back to basics” agenda is focused on job creation and solving everyday problems for L.A. residents. Garcetti was elected four times by his peers to serve as President of the Los Angeles City Council from 2006 to 2012. From 2001 until taking office as Mayor, he served as the Council member representing the 13th District which includes Hollywood, Echo Park, Silver Lake, and Atwater Village — all of which were dramatically revitalized under Garcetti’s leadership.

Garcetti was raised in the San Fernando Valley and earned his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University. He studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and the London School of Economics and taught at Occidental College and USC. A fourth generation Angeleno, he and his wife, Amy Elaine Wakeland, have a young daughter. He is a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy reserve and is an avid jazz pianist and photographer.

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California

»Posted by on Jan 25, 2015 in Los Angeles | 0 comments

CaliforniaCalifornia   is a beautiful state located on the West Coast of the United States. It is the most populous U.S. state, home to one out of eight people who live in the U.S., with a total of 38 million people, and it is the third largest state by area  after Alaska and Texas. California is bordered by Oregon to the north, Nevada to the east, Arizona to the southeast, and the Mexican state of Baja California to the south. It is home to the nation’s second and fifth most populous census statistical areas. Greater Los Angeles Area and San Francisco Bay Area  and eight of the nation’s 50 most populated cities such as Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach, and Oakland). Sacramento is the state capital, and has been since 1854.

What is now California was first settled by various Native American tribes before being explored by a number of European expeditions throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. It was then claimed by the Spanish Empire as part of Alta California in the larger territory of New Spain. Alta California became a part of Mexico in 1821 following its successful war for independence, but would later be ceded to the United States in 1848 after the Mexican-American War. The western portion of Alta California was soon organized as the State of California, which was admitted as the 31st state on September 9, 1850. The California Gold Rush starting in 1848 led to dramatic social and demographic change, with large-scale immigration from the east and abroad with an accompanying economic boom.

California’s diverse geography ranges from the Pacific Coast in the west, to the Sierra Nevada in the east – from the Redwood – Douglas fir forests of the northwest, to the Mojave Desert areas in the southeast. The center of the state is dominated by the Central Valley, a major agricultural area. California contains both the highest and lowest points in the contiguous United States (Mount Whitney and Death Valley), and has the 3rd longest coastline of all states after Alaska and Florida.. Earthquakes are a common occurrence because of the state’s location along the Pacific Ring of Fire: about 37,000 are recorded annually, but most are too small to feel.

At least half of the fruit produced in the United States is now cultivated in California, and the state also leads in the production of vegetables. Other important contributors to the state’s economy include aerospace, education, manufacturing, and high-tech industry.

 

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Alcatraz Island

»Posted by on Jan 25, 2015 in Los Angeles Attractions | 0 comments

alcatraz islandAlcatraz Island is located in the San Francisco Bay, 1.5 miles offshore from San Francisco, California in United States. Often referred to as “The Rock“, this small island was developed with facilities for a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison (1868), and a federal prison from 1933 until 1963. Beginning in November of 1969, the island was occupied for more than 19 months by a group of aboriginal people from San Francisco, California who were part of a wave of Native activism across the nation with public protests through the 1970s. In 1972, Alcatraz became a national recreation area and received designation as a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

Today, the island’s facilities are managed by the National Park Service as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area; it is open to tours. Visitors can reach the island by ferry ride from Pier 33, near Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco. Hornblower Cruises and Events, operating under the name Alcatraz Cruises, is the official ferry provider to and from the island. Hornblower launched the nation’s first hybrid propulsion ferry in 2008, the Hornblower Hybrid, which now serves the island, docking at the Alcatraz Wharf.

It is home to the abandoned prison, the site of the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast of the United States, early military fortifications, and natural features such as rock pools and a seabird colony (mostly Western Gulls, cormorants, and egrets). According to a 1971 documentary on the History of Alcatraz, the island measures 1,675 feet by 590 feet and is 135 feet   at highest point during mean tide. However, the total area of the island is reported to be 22 acres.

Landmarks on the island include the Main Cell house, Dining Hall, Library, Lighthouse, the ruins of the Warden’s House and Officers Club, Parade Grounds, Building 64, Water Tower, New Industries Building, Model Industries Building, and the Recreation Yard.

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Los Angeles Safe Routes to School

»Posted by on Jan 25, 2015 in Los Angeles Kids | 0 comments

safe routes to schoolSafe Routes to School is an international initiative in Los Angeles to increase the number of children who walk or bike to school by providing funding for pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly street engineering, education, encouragement and enforcement programs directed towards students, parents and our communities. The City of Los Angeles Safe Routes to School Strategic Plan provides a policy making, planning, and implementation framework for improving the safety and convenience of students walking and bicycling to school.

Plans Strategic Goals are to make sure that no child gets injured or killed while walking or bicycling to school. Also to increase the number of children walking and bicycling to school.

 

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL 

 

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The Grammy Museum

»Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Los Angeles Attractions | 0 comments

Grammy MuseumThe Grammy Museum is located in downtown Los Angeles L.A. Live campus at the corner of Figueroa Street and Olympic Boulevard. The museum has an Olympic Boulevard address, but the main entrance is on Figueroa Street. The museum was opened in December 2008 corresponding to the Grammy Awards’ 50th anniversary. The museum consists of four floors, including historical music artifacts displays, interactive instrument stations and recording booths, and a 200-seat Clive Davis Theater.

Since its opening, the Grammy Museum has presented well over 300 public programs and inspired thousands of young, local school students through its dynamic educational programs.

The GRAMMY Museum, is an interactive, educational museum devoted to the history and winners of the Grammy Awards. The Museum strives to inspire its visitors to learn about musical genres and history through interactive touch-screens, videos, and recording booths. The museum also features a rich collection of historical music artifacts including costumes and instruments from the Grammy Awards, hand-written lyrics, records, and audio/video recordings.

Bronze disks for each year’s GRAMMY Awards – honoring the top winners, Record of the Year, Best New Artist, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year – are embedded in the sidewalks on the streets of LA Live.

The museum opens on Monday to Friday from 11:30 am to 7:30 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm.

 

 

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Grauman’s Chinese Theatre

»Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Los Angeles Attractions | 0 comments

Grauman’s TheatreTCL Chinese Theatre is a cinema on the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood,California, United States. Originally the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and renamed Mann’s Chinese Theatre in 1973; the current name of the theatre became official January 11, 2013, after the TCL Corporation purchased the naming rights.

The original Chinese Theatre was commissioned following the success of the nearby Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre, which opened in 1922. Built by a partnership headed by Sid Grauman over 18 months starting in January 1926, the theatre opened May 18, 1927, with the premiere of Cecil B. DeMille’s film The King of Kings. It has since been home to many premieres, including the 1977 launch of George Lucas’ Star Wars,  as well as Grauman’s Chinese Theatrebirthday parties, corporate junkets, and three Academy Awards ceremonies. Among the theatre’s most distinctive features are the concrete blocks set in the forecourt, which bear the signatures, footprints, and handprints of popular motion picture personalities from the 1920s to the present day.

The TCL Chinese Theatre has partnered with IMAX Corporation to create the single largest IMAX auditorium in the world. The new theatre seats 932 people, and hosts the third largest commercial movie screen in North America.

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Griffith Park Observatory

»Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Los Angeles Attractions | 0 comments

Griffith Park ObservatoryGriffith Park Observatory is a facility in Los Angeles, California located on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park. It commands a view of the Los Angeles Basin, including Downtown Los Angeles to the southeast, Hollywood to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest. The Griffith observatory is a popular tourist attraction with an extensive array of space and science-related displays. The observatory was opened in 1935. There is no admissions fee, in accordance with Griffith’s will.

The land surrounding the observatory was donated to the City of Los Angeles by Colonel Griffith J. Griffith on December 16, 1896. In his will Griffith donated funds to build an observatory, exhibit hall, and a planetarium on the donated land. Griffith’s objective was to make astronomy accessible by the public, as opposed to the prevailing idea that observatories should be located on remote mountaintops and restricted to scientists.

As a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project, construction began on June 20, 1933, using a design developed by architect John C. Austin based on preliminary sketches by Russell W. Porter. The observatory and accompanying exhibits were opened to the public on May 14, 1935. In its first five days of operation the observatory logged more than 13,000 visitors.

During World War II the planetarium was used to train pilots in celestial navigation. The planetarium was again used for this purpose in the 1960s to train Apollo program astronauts for the first lunar missions

 

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Getty Museum in Los Angeles

»Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Los Angeles Attractions | 0 comments

Getty MuseumThe J. Paul Getty museum which is also known as the Getty is a very popular art museum in Los Angeles California. The Getty museum is housed on two campuses: Getty Center and Getty Villa.

The Getty center is the rich neighborhood and it is the main location of the Getty Museum. The collection features Western art from the Middle Ages to the present. It is one of the best and most visited museums in the United States and estimates about 1.3 million visitors annually. The Getty Villa, museums second location is also in the wealthy neighborhood known as the Pacific Palisades. This location displays the art from ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria.

 

The museum was opened in 1974 by J. Paul Getty in a re-creation of the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum on his property in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California. In 1982, the museum became the richest in the world when it inherited US$1.2 bn. In 1983, after an economic downturn in what was then West Germany, the Getty Museum acquired 144 illuminated medieval manuscripts from the financially struggling Ludwig Collection in Aachen; John Russell, writing in the New York Times, said of the collection, “One of the finest holdings of its kind ever assembled, it is quite certainly the most important that was in private hands.”   In 1997, the museum moved to its current location in Brentwood; the Pacific Palisades museum, renamed the “Getty Villa”, was closed for renovation until 2006.

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Best way to see Los Angeles without driving

»Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Los Angeles Best Itineraries | 0 comments

Santa Monica Pierthe Best way to see Los Angeles without driving is to park your car home, in a parking lot or park by the Santa Monica or Venice beach parking. You will see Bikini babes, surfer boys, oddballs and miles of beautiful blue ocean. The Venice beach boardwalk and the family filled crowd at Santa Monica pier is what you see in famous Hollywood movies. You get to experience that yourself in the beautiful hot sunny days in Los Angeles.

There are other advantages of not driving in Los Angeles. Cities traffic can be very tiring and you will find yourself frustrated. If you’re coming from outside LA, city laws, some customs and some neighborhoods can be a little confusing if you’re not used to them.

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Best way to see Los Angeles in a day

»Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Los Angeles Best Itineraries | 0 comments

Sunset BoulevardYou can drive down Sunset Boulevard from start to finish. This 22 miles long boulevard takes you from the heart of Downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean. On the way you can see a lot of Los Angeles. From Downtown Los Angeles, it heads northwest, to Hollywood, through which it travels due west for several miles before it bends southwest towards the ocean. It passes through or near Echo Park, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Holmby Hills. In Bel-Air, Sunset Boulevard runs along the northern boundary of UCLA’s Westwood campus. The boulevard continues through Brent wood to Pacific Palisades where it terminates at the Pacific Coast Highway intersection. This is the things to do in Los Angeles, even if you are there for a week.

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Downtown Los Angeles

»Posted by on Jan 1, 2015 in Los Angeles Attractions | 0 comments

downtown laDowntown Los Angeles is the central business district of Los Angeles, California, as well as a diverse residential neighborhood of some 50,000 people. A 2013 study found that the district is home to over 500,000 jobs

A heritage of the city’s founding in 1781, Downtown Los Angeles today is composed of different areas ranging from a fashion district to a skid row, and it is the hub of the city’s Metro rapid transit system. Banks, department stores and movie palaces at one time drew residents and visitors into the area, but the district declined economically and suffered a downturn for decades until its recent renaissance starting in the early 2000s: Old buildings are being modified for new uses, and skyscrapers have been built. Downtown Los Angeles is known for its government buildings, parks, theaters and other public places.

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Disneyland Resort, Los Angeles

»Posted by on Jan 1, 2015 in Los Angeles Attractions | 0 comments

Disneyland resortThe Disneyland Resort, commonly known as Disneyland, is an entertainment resort in Anaheim, California. It is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company through its Parks and Resorts division and is home to two theme parks, three hotels, and a shopping, dining, and entertainment complex known as Downtown Disney.

The resort was developed by Walt Disney in the 1950s. When it opened to guests on July 17, 1955, the property consisted of Disneyland, its 100-acre parking lot, and the Disneyland Hotel, owned and operated by Disney’s business partner Jack Wrather. After succeeding with the multi-park, multi-hotel business model at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Disney acquired large parcels of land adjacent to Disneyland to apply the same business model in Anaheim.

During the expansion, the property was named the Disneyland Resort to encompass the entire complex, while the original theme park was named Disneyland Park. The company purchased the Disneyland Hotel from the Wrather Company and the Pan Pacific Hotel from its Japanese owners. The latter became Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. The property saw the addition of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, a second theme park, named Disney California Adventure, and the Downtown Disney shopping and dining area.

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Discovery Science Center, Los Angeles

»Posted by on Jan 1, 2015 in Los Angeles Attractions | 0 comments

Discovery Science CenterFor over 25 years, Discovery Science Center Foundation has been a non-profit organization impacting the lives of children through hands-on science education. The foundation lies four core initiatives used to prepare the next generation of teachers, students and life-long learners. From early childhood education to STEM proficiency, healthy living to environmental stewardship, these initiatives go to the heart of the Foundation’s mission as an entity of inspiration, education, and transformation.

Even with the new addition of our Los Angeles facility and the expansion of our Orange County location underway, we are much more than experience within our walls. From our educational outreach programs to our empowering real world application, we are an agent of change in this ever-evolving world, a Foundation on a mission of good through the wonders of science.

At Discovery Cube, our exhibits, field trips and assembly programs allow kids to think and learn using their hands. Our science education programs align with the Next Generation Science Standards and our professional development for educators provide cutting-edge methods for instruction, high quality lesson plans, and hands-on activities to integrate in the classroom.

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California Science Center, Los Angeles

»Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in Los Angeles Attractions | 0 comments

California Science CenterThe California Science Center (sometimes spelled California ScienCenter) is a state agency and museum located in Exposition Park, Los Angeles. Billed as the West Coast’s largest hands-on science center, the California Science Center is a public-private partnership between the State and the California Science Center Foundation. The museum is also an affiliate in the Smithsonian Affiliations program.

Formerly known as the California Museum of Science and Industry, the Museum was remodeled in 1998 as the California Science Center. Currently it consists of the IMAX Theater, the Sketch Foundation Gallery – Air and Space Exhibits (formerly Aerospace Hall), designed by Frank Gehry, and the Science Center itself – including the March 2010 opening of the Ecosystems exhibition wing.

The California Science Center hosts the California State Science Fair annually. In late 2012, the center received the Space Shuttle Endeavour.
General admission is free although there is a charge for rides and the IMAX Theater. Reservations are required to see Endeavour during peak periods. The museum hosted 2 million visitors in 2012 on the basis of the Endeavour exhibit.

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Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles, California

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Heritage Museum, Los AngelesCalifornia Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles is a living history and open air architecture museum located beside the Arroyo Seco Parkway in the Montecito Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, in the southern Arroyo Seco area. The living history museum shows the story of development in Southern California through historical architectural examples.

The museum focuses on interpreting the years 1850 to 1950, a century of unprecedented growth in Los Angeles. Volunteer interpreters give thorough tours that incorporate the history, architecture, and culture of the region. Other specialized living history events, lectures, and items of historical interest are given on a periodic basis.

History

During the rapid urban expansion of the 1960s, Victorian buildings in Los Angeles were being demolished at an alarming rate. The Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument program, established in 1961, could evaluate properties and list-register them, but not protect them. In 1969, at the request of the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission, a group of concerned citizens established the Cultural Heritage Foundation to counteract this destruction. The Foundation organized Heritage Square as a last-chance haven for architecturally and historically significant buildings to be moved to, which otherwise would have been demolished at their original locations.

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