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Elverhøj and Wildling Museums invite you to enjoy the beauty and convergence of art, culture and nature with a series of fun and educational excursions. Conducted in partnership with Solvang and Buellton Parks and Rec departments, each outing includes transportation, entrance fees and support from skilled museum curators who provide insider appreciation for the various experiences and exhibits.
Space is limited and excursions sell out quickly. Reservations can be made online at buelltonrec.com, or phone Solvang Rec at (805) 688-7529, Buellton Rec at (805) 688-1086, or stop by either office.
MOXI + Sea Center
Be among the first to visit Santa Barbara’s fabulous new MOXI: Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation. Enjoy a private preview tour of the 25,000 sq. ft. center, a destination for curious minds of all ages. Three floors of interactive indoor and outdoor exhibits draw on sound, gravity, speed, fundamentals of light, color, interactive media arts and technology. We’ll start steps away at the Sea Center with an insider’s tour of this engaging, interactive marine education facility. Lunch on your own on the Wharf or at one of many nearby eateries.
Griffith Observatory is an icon of Los Angeles, a national leader in public astronomy, a beloved civic gathering place, and one of southern California’s most popular attractions. Explore the state-of-the-art Samuel Oschin Planetarium. Lunch on your own in Camarillo.
The Broad Museum in Los Angeles
This new contemporary art museum is home to 2000 works of art in the Broad collection, among the most prominent holdings of postwar contemporary art worldwide. Bypass the ticket line with a VIP on-site welcome and introduction followed by a self-guided tour. There will be time for a walk across the street to view the architecturally stunning Walt Disney Concert Hall or the LA Museum of Contemporary Art and enjoy lunch on your own.
Montaña de Oro & Spooner Ranch House + Morro Bay
Montaña de Oro—Mountain of Gold—is named for the golden wildflowers that bloom in spring. Enjoy a private tour of the recently renovated historic Spooner Ranch House located above scenic Spooner Cove. There will be time to explore the park’s rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches and tide pools. Next stop is Morro Bay for lunch (on your own), waterfront site-seeing and an optional visit to the Museum of Natural History set near this scenic estuary.
Getty Villa in Malibu
The Villa houses the greatest collection of Greek and Roman antiquities in North America. View the galleries and stroll the beautiful gardens and grounds. Explore the featured exhibit, Roman Mosaics across the Empire, which contains mosaics that date from the 2nd through the 6th centuries A.D., and come from far-flung places. Lunch on your own at museum café.
The 56-page book Spirit of Solvang is replete with engaging black and white images of this Danish colony in California. The carefully restored images document Solvang’s story from its founding to its transition to a Danish-themed downtown. Informative text gives readers an overall view of Solvang’s development, as well as fascinating tidbits of local history. The book pays tribute to the rich cultural history and heritage of the town’s Danish pioneers.
Elverhøj is very grateful to Paul Roark, who expertly and lovingly restored the photographs; to Joan Mitchell, who wrote and edited text; to Ann Dittmer, who tirelessly did research and checked facts; and to the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation and Nancy Brandt-Erichsen for granting funds for printing and design expenses. Thanks are also due to Museum volunteers, especially the History Committee and Photo ID Committee (a.k.a. the “White Glove Gang”). Over the years they have expanded the Museum collection by organizing, identifying, and conserving numerous images.
The book is available for purchase in the Museum Store for $17.50. Special orders are welcomed. Please phone (805) 686-1211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
So begins a DVD screening in Elverhøj’s Solvang Room and available in the Museum Store for $15. Entitled Solvang, Danish Colony in California, it tells the fascinating history of a little town that grew into an internationally-known tourist destination.
The historic building and carefully manicured cottage gardens provide a beautiful backdrop for intimate weddings. The garden with its abundant year-round blooms and corner gazebo creates a lovely setting for any wedding party. The bell in its stately tower can chime, marking the presentation of the newly married couple.
The garden area comfortably accommodates up to 150 guests. Call (805) 686-1211 for information about availability and the reasonable rates.