Luxe Top Ten Things To do In Bel Air
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1. The Getty Center
The J. Paul Getty Museum collects in seven distinct areas including: Greek and Roman antiquities, European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture, decorative arts, and European and American photographs. The Museum's goal is to make the collection meaningful and attractive to a broad audience by presenting and interpreting the collection through educational programs, special exhibitions, publications, conservation, and research.
2. The Skirball Cultural Center
Hailed by The New York Times as "a lesson on how to connect the eye to heart and mind," the Skirball Cultural Center has established itself as one of the world's most dynamic Jewish cultural institutions among the most prominent cultural venues in the United States. Its mission is to explore the connections between four thousand years of Jewish heritage and the vitality of American democratic ideals.
3. UCLA Armand Hammer Museum
The UCLA Armand Hammer Museum explores the capacity of art to enhance the full range of human experience. Through its collections, exhibitions, and programs, the Hammer illuminates the depths and diversity of artistic expression through the centuries, with a special emphasis on the art of our time. At the core of the Hammer's mission is the recognition that artists play a crucial role in all aspects of culture and society.
4. UCLA Fowler Museum
The UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History explores art and material culture primarily from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and the Americas, past and present. The Fowler seeks to enhance understanding and appreciation of the diverse peoples, cultures, and religions of the world through highly contextualized interpretive exhibitions, publications, and public programming, informed by interdisciplinary approaches and the perspectives of the cultures represented. The Fowler provides exciting and informative exhibitions and events for the UCLA community and the people of greater Los Angeles and beyond.
5. The Geffen Playhouse
In just a few years, the Geffen Playhouse has built a body of work that has changed the cultural landscape of Los Angeles' Westside, growing into a vital performing arts organization with over 100,000 annual attendees. The Geffen offers Los Angeles theater goers a season of five plays, as well as a variety of outreach and educational programs. The theater is dedicated to presenting the best in both classic and contemporary plays and includes both West Coast and world premieres in its roster.
6. Westwood Village
A charming college town, located at the entrance to the giant UCLA campus, Westwood was always a popular shopping and entertainment destination. Long before the dawn of the movie megaplex, Westwood offered the largest concentration of movie theatres in any one place (and it's still the first choice for gala movie premieres today.) It offers restaurants, boutiques, quaint Old World architecture, an upscale crowd, a party atmosphere after dark, and more movie theatres than you could shake a stick at. All of this nestled in the safety of the posh Westside.
7. Brentwood Village
A quaint village offering restaurants, small boutiques, and upscale shopping, Brentwood Village also dons a hip and top- rated farmer’s market for all your eco-friendly organic needs.
8. Will Rogers State Historic Park
Will Rogers State Historic Park is on the tip of the Santa Monica Mountains. The trails offer vistas of both the sea and the mountains. Visitors can hike to Inspiration Point or take the Rogers trail around the perimeter of the park. Whether visitors spend a few hours - or all day, Will Rogers State Historic Park truly has something for everyone - with both historic and natural features.
9. Rodeo Drive
The stretch of shops and boutiques on Rodeo Drive is only three blocks long. It begins at Wilshire Boulevard on the south, and runs north to Santa Monica Boulevard, where the commercial section of the street gives way to an affluent residential neighborhood. But those three short blocks constitute the most famous shopping district in America, and probably the most expensive three blocks of shops in the world. The most celebrated clothing designers in the world have boutiques here: Armani, Gucci, Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Valentino... The jewelry stores boast names like Cartier and Tiffany. Other nearby stores include I. Magnin, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Yves Saint Laurent, & Pierre Deux.
10. Century City
Century City is one of the most exciting communities in the Los Angeles Area. Strategically located, it is close to the downtown Los Angeles and Westside business districts. Restaurants and shopping venues abound. The Century City Shopping Center is an open-air affair, with spacious walkways sheltered by a canopy of white, wooden latticework.