California art galleries
is a state that has generated vast fortunes
or attracted men and women with them; and among those who have amassed
these vast fortunes, some
have been passionate art collectors.
The private residences of California's wealthiest citizens
home to fabulous collections of American and international art, much of
it viewable only to the owners, their friends and visitors. Yet a lot
of the American and World art that has been acquired by California
collectors is today on public view in some of the great California art
galleries and museums. Some of these great collections remain in
private hands, others have been bequeathed to public museums and
galleries or universities.
Below is the
About-California.com selection of the finest art galleries in
California, these being those with the best and most extensive
collections of American, European or world art, or museums which
display smaller collections but ones that are particularly significant
in their field.
In addition to the top ten galleries
listed below, California also has dozens more art galleries, with a
particularly large number of smaller galleries specialised in modern
and contemporary art.
markers are free galleries, blue markers are galleries with an
The top ten art
galleries in California
- The Paul
Getty Center. Private
art collection and museum in Los Angeles. One of
the great art
history museums in the USA, with a very rich collection of American,
European and world art., displayed in a magnificent complex on the
outskirts of Los Angeles.
Admission free. Parking
$15. Closed Mondays. Website
- Los Angeles
county Museum of Art .A
large public art gallery. Painting, sculpture and the decorative arts
from the Americas and round the world. Has a good collection of 20th
century art, including works by Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Miro, and the
General admission $15. Closed Wednesdays. Website
Pasadena. One of the finest private art collections in North
America, particularly renowned for its collection of European art
covering the 15th to 20th centuries.
Admission $12. Under-19s free. Closed Tuesdays Website
- San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) - San Francisco. One
great modern art museums in the USA.
Admission $25. Closed Wednesdays . Website
- Legion of
Honor museum, - San Francisco's leading classic
art gallery. One of the great American collections of
Standard entrance : $15, under-18s free. Closed Mondays. Website
- San Diego
Museum of Art, A
public art gallery of particular note for its collection of Italian
Renaissance art and Spanish masters. Includes masterpieces by Giotto,
Fra Angelico, El Greco, Goya, Rubens, Monet, Matisse and many more
Standard entrance : $15, under-18s free. Closed Wednesdays. Website
Huntington Library and Art Collections
San Marino, Much more than just an art gallery, the Huntington has a
fabulous collection of rare books from the Middle Ages to the present,
including a Shakespeare First Folio.
Standard admission : $25, under-12s $13. Closed Tuesdays. Website
- Crocker Art
One of the oldest museums in California, with a great
collection of Californian art, as well as art from the USA and round
Standard admission : $10, under-7s $13. Closed Mondays. Website
- The Cantor
Center for visual arts,
at Stanford University. A large and disparate collection of
from around the world, notably including African and Native American
art, as well as the largest collection of sculptures by Rodin outside
Admission free. Closed
- The Irvine
at the University of California, Irvine, Orange county.
the finest collection of Californian Impressionist and
post-Impressionist art from the period 1890-1930. An eye-opener for
visitors unfamiliar with American impressionist art. Recently donated
to the University of California.
Closed Mondays. Website
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Note that most galleries charge for admission, and that all are closed
one day of the week.
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