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Visit a Museum and Skip The Art

by Annie Korzen

October 12, 2011 | 1:46 pm

My husband, Benni, loves art – especially modern painting.  I can’t say I share his passion.  We were just in New York where we went to a huge De Kooning retrospective.  Benni thrilled at each and every canvas while I sat on a bench and people-watched.

I do, however, love museums – in my own shallow way.  The architecture is usually inspiring, the gift shops are fun, and the cafés can be very pleasant indeed.  There are few museums in the world with a more awe-inspiring ambience than our very own Getty.

We had been stuck at home all summer, and I really mean STUCK because we both work at home, which means we never leave the house.  I needed a break: a change of scene in an inspiring, beautiful location.  We decided to jump in the car and head up to the Getty one late afternoon.

I had forgotten how amazing the view is, and how inspiring the water features are, and how lovely the landscaping is.  Families were picnicking, there was a wedding in progress, and the sunset was glorious.  Best of all, the price of admission for all this bliss was FREE – my favorite word.

I even allowed Benni to drag me into a few galleries, but – for me - none of the art on the walls could compare with the glories of the exterior.  Once in a while it is true that The Best Things In Life Are Free.  For hours and exhibitions, go to http://www.getty.edu/index.html

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Annie Korzen is a comedy writer and performer. Her humorous essays have been printed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and more. She has...

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