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  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art  Los Angeles County Museum of Art
    When you visit Los Angeles, a trip to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art should be at the top of you list of things to see.  Although the Los Angeles County Museum of Art first opened in 1965, its history goes back to 1913.  This small museum acquired several collections which had been given to the museum through the years.  Several years later this small museum was filled to capacity and thus needed a much larger building to house it's growing collection.  In 1965, three new building were built taking over four years to construct.  The three buildings cost roughly twelve-million dollars and the grand opening in 1965 was a huge success.  Even though the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is nearly a quarter of a century old and resulting in a large number of gifts & artifacts donated which in turn have earned the Los Angeles County Museum of Art a world wide reputation and should not be missed by any visitors who is interested in art.  The museum today consists of four separate buildings, connected to each other underground and range in size of a large courtyard.   Highlights of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art include; Ancient and Islamic Art: Displayed in this collection are mainly textiles from Iraq, Iran and Turkey showcased in galleries 305 and 306.  Complete this tour with authentic costumes & textiles from various countries.  American Art Collection: Is located on the second floor of the Museum here visitors can follow development of America, especially South California.  This exhibit displays art from the last three decades, works by contemporary potters, glass blowers, sculptures and new modern acquisitions.  Contemporary artists such as Frank Stella, David Hockney, Robert Longo along with other special exhibitions which can be found in five galleries on the ground floor.  Costumes & Textiles: This large collection of Costumes and Textiles contains over 55,000 exhibits from around the world.  These objects represent more than one hundred cultures along with two thousand years of human creativity in the textile arts.  The Decorative Arts Collection: contains silver, metalwork, ceramics, glass and woodwork (mostly furniture).  The three main areas include: European, American, Modern and Contemporary with a date range from the medieval period about 1200 to present day.  European Painting & Sculpture: Displays art from the 20th century and is housed in the two upper floors of the Anderson Building.  Far Eastern Art: can be found on two floors of the Ahmanson Building and with galleries placed around the atrium.  Additional highlights include; Indian and Southeast Asian Art, Japanese Pavilion, Photography, Prints & Drawings and the Robert O Anderson Building.  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the western United States, featuring 1000,000 objects dating from ancient times to the present. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is of international stature as well as a vital part of Southern California.  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art attracts nearly one-million visitors yearly, this large seven-building complex is located on twenty acres in the heart of Los Angeles.  So if this is your first visit or you are returning to Los Angeles be sure you visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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  • Universal Studios    Universal Studios Los Angeles
    Is one of Los Angeles' most visited tourist attractions.  Universal Studios is also one of the most recognized landmarks of Los Angeles, this site was created in 1915 by a German-American film pioneer Carl Laemmle.  At one time this location was a chicken farm & this part of town was wild, hilly countryside.  Today, this part of town is known as Universal City.  Carl Laemmle built only two sets, on which the first silent film was made in the open air.   As an advertisement of the film industry Carl Laemmle arranged tours of inspection for twenty-five cents here he would explain to visitors how films were made.  Today similar tours are available but considerably more expensive and last a lot longer but are well worth it.. Since the new tours were introduced a quarter a century ago 55-million people have been taken around the 44-plus acre film studio, one of the largest in the world for a glimpse behind the scenes of film making.  On tour visitors can see King Kong who is almost 33 ft tall, as well as the giant Great-White shark from the film Jaws fitted with internal mechanism.  Also you pass by sets where the special effects team put together amazing special effects like Fred Astaire dancing on the ceiling or making a bicycle appear to fly through the air along with many other fascinating events.  And what would movies be like without natural catastrophes?  Visitors can experience natural catastrophes right in front of your eyes such as avalanches in the Alps, see an 8.3 earthquake in Los Angeles, pass by Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho House and witness films actually in production stage.  There is plenty to see on this exciting two hour, behind the scenes tour.   Universal Studios is the entertainment capitol of Los Angeles visitors of all ages can enjoy a fun filled day packed with action and entertainment all in one place.  Universal Studios offers many fun activities such as exciting & thrilling rides and shows, a real working movie studio, some of Los Angeles best shops & restaurants and the all new cinemas at City Walk.  Universal Studios Hollywood offers a unique experience that's fun and exciting for the whole family.   All this and even more exciting things to see at Universal Studios Hollywood such as; heart pounding surprises as you ride Revenge of the Mummy or the thrilling Jurassic Park 80-foot raft plunge.  Get an exclusive, behind the scenes look at how all your favorite movies are made. Visitors can even see actual sets from popular shows such as: The War of the Worlds, ABC 's popular hit shows like Desperate Housewives and many other award winning television shows and hundreds of facades located on Hollywood's most famous backlot. The kids will want to join Shrek & Donkey on an adventure in Shrek-4D.  In addition to exciting rides, behind the scenes tours, shopping and more Universal Studios Hollywood also has character photo-ops and fantastic shows.  When you visit the entertainment capitol of Hollywood, plan on spending the entire day.....

January 11, 2011