The Californian art world spreads from the finest museums filled with Monet paintings to the hard-to-ignore street art on buildings. Its scene is just as vast as the state itself, and is surely known as the center of the area’s culture. No matter what type of art you are seeking, one of the major cities in California is sure to have it.
Don’t miss California’s top art museums:
- Asian Art Museum of San Francisco in San Francisco: The museum has just as much architectural history as it does rich content. The building used to be the city’s public library, and visitors can still walk through the original grand staircase and ornate card-catalog room as a scenic route to see one of the world’s largest collections of the Far East and Near East art.
- Barnsdall Art Park and Hollyhock House in Los Angeles: The East Hollywood city park features art galleries, events, and a vibrant, cultural destination.
- The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in San Francisco: These include both the de Young in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park. Notably, the de Young Museum holds its Rockefeller Collection of 100 American and European pieces.
- Getty Center in Los Angeles: Offering a permanent collection of timeless pieces, the Getty Center can applaud itself for its rich, tasteful diversity ranging from 11th-century manuscripts to 17th-century paintings.
- Hearst Castle in San Simeon: The former estate of W. R. Hearst can now be recognized as one of California’s most famous landmarks. Visit the mansion to explore historic architecture, gardens, and Hearst’s art collection that originally inspired his vision for the mansion.
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles: The five-building complex presents strong collections of both depth and variety from costumes to textiles to American art.
- Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles: This LA collection specializes in pop art and abstract expressionism, while also offering a platform for emerging artists.
- Oakland Museum of California in Oakland: Serving as a leader in museum presentation, the building distinguishes the realms of art, nature, and history by featuring the three different worlds on three separate floors. The Oakland Museum of California strives to immerse its visitors into the environment, rather than simply show staggered exhibits.
- San Diego Museum of Art in San Diego: Located in the famous Balboa Park, the art museum appeals for its permanent collections of Italian Renaissance and Spanish Baroque art in addition to its modern shows.
- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco: The large, geometric building with an elevated walkway and skylight welcomes visitors into the modern world that the museum aims to showcase. Out of all the museum’s prominent collections, two of the most famous paintings include Henri Matisse’s Femme au chapeau, which has served as the catalyst to the Fauvism movement and Anselm Kiefer’s Osiris and Isis, 1987.
And of course, the film and music Mecca of Hollywood lies in Los Angeles’s city limits. The streets and places are live museums for movie buffs and music lovers to gorge in, walking the streets that remain home for many of the most famous actors and performers. Here are the top spots to visit for those movie and music fanatics:
· The Hollywood sign
· Hollywood Walk of Fame
· Dolby Theater (formerly known as Kodak Theater)
· Amoeba Music
· Capitol Records Building
· Hollywood Forever Cemetery
· Universal Studios and City Walk