On Tuesday, we took the girls to the Getty Art Museum in Bel-Air. Mr. M and I had watched Star Trek Into Darkness the night before – and many of the scenes in the movie were shot at this museum. Every time we saw a scene with the Getty in it, we shouted, “Hey, we know that place!” Haha. We used to go to the Getty all the time – but we hadn’t been in awhile. So – we decided right then and there to go the very next day!
The museum is Free- you only have to pay for parking! Unbelievable, right? So pretty…
Even though we moved (almost) three months ago, I still haven’t set up our computer to transfer photos from my “real” camera. So, I am making do with pictures from my cellphone camera! I have (probably) thousands of images now on my real camera that I’ve yet to download. I know one day – soon, hopefully- I’ll have time to figure all that out, and then it will be like Christmas for photos! Until then…Instagram and cellphone pics will have to do! Just try to use your imagination…haha.
Paprika was IN LOVE with the art. Of course, she recognized Irises by Van Gogh right away. Van Gogh is her favorite painter, after all…
The Degas collection was a hit. Violet (2) and Ginger (4) recognized this painting from Olivia. We’ve only read that book 5,000 times. Ha!
This was, by far, Paprika’s favorite painting in the museum. She said she could stare at it all day and all night and never get tired of it. She asked us to buy it for her for her birthday. 🙂 It’s by the artist Jean-Etienne Liotard. So, I guess we’ll be doing a little homeschool unit study about him.
Here is the painting up-close and personal. Paprika made sure I took a picture – ha!
She said: This is my idea of paradise. 🙂
The museum has a fantastic little kids’ area that we loved. Here the girls are learning about the Gutenberg Bible:
This was an area in the museum devoted to textiles – the girls were IN LOVE with this fancy bed. How could they not be?!
In the kids’ area, the museum recreated that fancy bed. Ginger and Violet took no time at all making themselves at home!
Ginger (4) and Violet (2) loved the view – they said it felt like they were flying. Paprika is terrified of heights – so she would go nowhere near the balcony.
It was a pretty spectacular view. I can almost see our house from here!
The gardens are one of the best parts about the Getty. After spending so much time in the museum not being able to touch anything – I was glad for the girls to get a chance to run around outside and feel free!
I don’t think I could ever tire of this sight:
We let the girls explore the grounds – and they were off!
The girls were fascinated by this maze surrounded by a moat. Do fairies live here?
It was like their own little Secret Garden…
I’m so grateful for magical days and simple pleasures. When you look at life through the eyes of the child, it truly is a wondrous place. I have a feeling we’ll be back to this special museum again soon. The girls are already talking about our next trip!