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After yesterday’s lengthy (but meaningful) post about affirmations and the power of our subconscious mind, I wanted to offer a visual experience today instead. If you want to get straight to the pictures and skip the museum recommendations, scroll on down past the copy and you’ll find some pics.

But if you want to learn about some great places to visit in Los Angeles, or read a few thoughts on the cultural scene around here first, keep on reading!

The photos I’m sharing today were all taken at the Getty Center in Los Angeles—a selection of favorites from visits over the years. Before moving to the L.A. area, in just about every city I’d lived in, people liked to say that Los Angeles was all beaches and theme parks and movies… no culture.

I am here to tell you that not only is it not true, Los Angeles has some of the best museums in the world, supported by patrons and endowments, and open and accessible to anyone.

Both the Getty Center and the Getty Villa are absolutely free to visitors. Parking is $15 per car per day (and free for the first hour, as of April 2018 when this post was written), and there are restaurants with food, but visiting the center and the gardens costs nothing. For stunning architecture, sweeping vistas, lovely gardens, and a well-curated collection from the 1600s through today, both locations are tough to beat.

Then there’s LACMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art—also free to children living in L.A. County under the age of 18. It’s a collection of Bonus: each child can bring one accompanying adult for free too, through the Arts fo NexGen program. LACMA has an extensive collection of America, Asian, and Latin American art, as well as Egyptian relics.

Exposition Park is home to two more free museums: the California Science Center, home to the Endeavour space shuttle, and CAAM, the California African American Museum, which not only hosts beautiful and thought-provoking contemporary art exhibits, but serves the entire Los Angeles community with nonstop lectures, forums, opportunities to meet the artists, and art and music events—all open to the public.

And that’s just the free stuff. There are dozens of museums and gardens and galleries all over Los Angeles County, for almost anything you might be interested in. Plus, there are pop-up installations, public art, libraries, universities, theaters, film festivals, and more, stretching from Malibu, all the way down into Orange County.

The downside is L.A. traffic can be a beast, and the city’s not exactly known for its public transportation. I will admit I once looked online to find out how long it would take me to get to the Getty using public transportation. The shocking answer: three hours. Yeah. Yikes. I won’t say on this website exactly where I live, but let’s just say it’s less than 20 miles door-to-door and leave it at that.

Anyhow, traffic notwithstanding, that does not deter me from emphatically stating that, contrary to popular belief: Yes, Virginia, L.A. does believe in Culture.

Don’t believe me? Here are a few photos of the Getty that might open your mind to L.A. and encourage a visit. Bonus: you get to ride a tram to the top which seems to be a highlight for many visitors (you can walk if you prefer), and… if you’re really lucky, you might come face-to-face with some deer when you get to the top.

And for those of you already familiar with the beauty of the Getty and the wonders of Los Angeles, enjoy a few photos while you can’t be there in person. I chose to primarily share photos of the exterior of the Getty, but don’t let that fool you. There are treasures to be found indoors! I just generally prefer to get lost in the art without my phone or camera out.

ABOUT A TO Z CHALLENGE

This month, I am writing 26 posts starting with the letters A through Z, along with hundreds of other businesses and bloggers from around the world. I first ran into the A to Z Challenge many, many moons ago (circa 2011), when I was brand new to the online writing world. It was a great way to jumpstart my creative juices, and I had so much fun “meeting” men and women sharing what they love to do.

So when I opened Of Love + Light, I knew the A to Z Challenge would be the perfect complement to Daily Dose: Inspired. Enjoy!

ABOUT OF LOVE + LIGHT

Of Love + Light is a place for uplifting media, creative inspiration, art, nifty creative publications, and storytelling. I also offer editing, creativity coaching, and small business communications planning services. Founded by Alana Garrigues, Of Love + Light is your place to come, relax, feel inspired and loved, and share more of what’s good on this beautiful planet.

Of Love + Light has infinite possibilities, and YOU are a huge part of what this will look like. Want to talk? Send me an email!

“Get(ty) Inspired” is part of the Daily Dose: Inspired series. Looking for a small something to get you inspired to take on the day? This is the place to come for a photo, a song, a pick-me-up quote, a little slice of happy. At least, these are the things that inspire me!