1 J Paul Getty Museum
The J Paul Getty Museum complex, designed by Richard Meier, is huge, measuring 0.75 square miles and set on 110 acres. Located in the Santa Monica Mountains, the unique design, the setting, and the beautiful grounds are worth the visit alone. The museum was created by the late oil magnate, J Paul Getty. The collections range from Greek and Roman antiquities to contemporary art. The center consists of several buildings and a Central Garden, as well as a restaurant and cafe.
Griffin Park and Observatory
Griffith Park, situated in the eastern part of the Santa Monica Mountains, and covering an area of 4, 210 acres, is the largest state park in California. In the park is the Los Angeles Zoo, the Griffith Observatory and a planetarium, a Greek theater with 4, 000 seats, a riding center created for the 1984 Olympic Games, golf courses and tennis courts, and much more. Walking trails or drives into the mountains provide splendid views.
The Griffith Observatory is located on a hilltop outside the Los Angeles city center and offers viewing opportunities both during the day and night. The Zeiss telescope is the highlight, allowing for viewing of the moon and planets. There are also three solar telescopes allowing for viewing of the sun. The park and observatory are named for the founder, Griffith J. Griffith, who donated the greater part of the parkland to the city in 1896.
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