Los Angeles Art & Design


LA's most exclusive and inspiring contemporary art, including private home collections not readily seen by the public and VIP tours at top galleries


Iconic Art Deco beauty downtown. Eat at LA's top restaurants. Lounge by the pool with a maitake-flavored cocktail. Hike the canyons at sunset


Warm colors and sunny skies, vibrant flavors, cutting-edge cuisine, the intoxicating energy of new beginnings that permeate the city

Why Los Angeles

Everywhere you look, there’s art hiding in plain sight: LA is home to more museums than anywhere else in the country, plus some 200 galleries and scores of public installations and murals. Thousands of artists have flocked to LA and found their own personal end of the rainbow. And just like them, you'll never want to leave. Maybe it’s the art, the food scene—or the electricity of Los Angeles itself.

Moments That Matter

Explore the thriving contemporary art scene of Los Angeles. Talk shop with emerging artists and dynamic collectors on intimate studio visits. Get rare access to collections rarely seen by the public, and insider access to the works of people like Justin John Green, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, John Houck, Leslie Shows, Chris Lux and Chris Engman, plus the expansive private collections of Andrew Teufel and Danny First.

Your Private Experience

Who It’s For

Our LA is for anybody who loves culture, design—and especially art. Great for a long weekend to eat well, explore, and get an insider's look at LA's contemporary art scene.

When to Travel

LA is a year-round destination. Our favorite times to visit are March - May and September - October, when the weather is warm and sunny, but never too hot.

Make It Yours

Slow down to enjoy time on the beach, sunrise yoga, or hiking the hills of Malibu. Or go deep into LA's world-class food scene. We can curate an LA experience to suit your interests.

Day by Day

Experience the best of LA with ease. While the focus of our trip is art, there are many opportunities to delve deeper into culture, cuisine and the outdoors.

Day 1

Kick-off your LA art experience with a private tour of MOCA, LA’s highly respected Museum of Contemporary Art. Then it’s off to West Hollywood for a private tour of artist-collector Danny First’s The Cabin, an intimate exhibition space modeled on the Unabomber’s cabin in the woods. Cocktail hour finds you back in downtown LA at the hotel, rubbing elbows with a mix of creative downtown denizens and a dizzying array of cocktails, before enjoying a welcome dinner at one of downtown LA’s top kitchens.

  • MOCA visit
  • Private tour of The Cabin
  • Downtown LA welcome dinner

Day 2

Start off the morning Angeleno-style, saluting the sun and bringing your body and soul into alignment at a downtown LA yoga studio. Then head out for the day, beginning at Marciano Art Foundation for private tour before it’s even open to the public and see some up-and-coming contemporary masterpieces. After lunch, go on a walk-through of Hauser & Wirth gallery in LA’s burgeoning Arts District, and walk-throughs based on your interests of Night Gallery, Francois Ghebaly, Mistake Room, The Box, and Susanne Vielmetter.

  • Private Marciano Art Foundation visit
  • Private gallery walk-throughs 
  • Sunset cocktails at hotel

Day 3

Start the day with another ‘when in LA’ morning activity: a hike in Griffith Park. Then dive back into the art scene at Andrew Teufel’s private collection, then head across town to the Hammer Museum for a VIP curator’s tour, including lunch at the museum’s restaurant, Audrey. Culver City is your next destination to embark on an epic gallery walk, taking in works by Anat Ebgi, Honor Fraser, and Blum + Poe. Break before evening to prepare for dinner at another of LA’s top kitchens.

  • Hike in Griffith Park
  • Andrew Teufel's private collection
  • Hammer Museum VIP curator’s tour
  • Gallery walk-throughs
  • Chef's table dinner

Day 4

End your LA excursion on an artistic high note: a final studio visit, then a private tour of the home of Luis De Jesus and Jay Wingate. Known primarily as art dealers, your private tour of their Baldwin Hills residence is a chance to marvel at their personal collection.

  • Studio visit
  • Private tour of Luis De Jesus & Jay Wingate collection
  • Private transfer to LAX airport

Where We Sleep

Staying at a hotel in downtown LA almost always feels like stepping back in time. Rarer and more lovely is the opportunity to feel like you’re moving forward at the same time.

Downtown LA

Our downtown LA hotel enjoyed a storied past life as the opulent local headquarters of the Bank of Italy. Painstaking restoration has kept that European heritage intact: the gold-wrapped coffee bar (by day) and aperitivo bar (by night) was modeled after a 300-year-old Venetian cafe. The library, with its cozy dark wood and stuffed peacocks and pheasants, is pure Old World. But head to the rooftop bar for poolside cocktails and shimmering views of the city below, and you’ll know you couldn’t be anywhere but downtown LA, right here, right now.

People Love MO/AD Private Departures

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Patricia H.
Every person involved with leading and guiding was top notch—friendly, knowledgeable, fun, kind—it doesn’t get better.
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  1. How many people is this itinerary suitable for?

    We can plan a custom, private departure for any group size. Our custom trips are perfect for a couple wishing to travel on their own, a family, or a multi-generational group. If you’re looking to travel on one of our group departures on a private basis, a minimum number of travelers may apply.

  2. Can you curate an itinerary for a larger group?

    Yes, we can craft an unforgettable milestone celebration or company retreat for groups as large as 40 or more.

  3. What makes a MO/AD experience different?

    Our level of curation, care, and in-country connections. We handle everything, overseeing your experience from beginning to end with the highest levels of ownership and responsibility. We support you every step of the way with comprehensive itineraries, detailed day-by-day descriptions, insider destination info, and 24/7 dedicated support.

  4. How far in advance should I plan my trip?

    Preferably six to nine months in advance and earlier for holiday travel. We stay in unique, in-demand boutique and luxury hotels where advance reservations are important to secure the best accommodations possible. We can help with last-minute travel planning, however availability may be limited.

  5. What is typically included?

    We curate your MO/AD Private Departure to ensure the experiences are authentic, immersive, and included in your trip price. Your itinerary typically includes accommodations, airport transfers, private transportation for all day trips and excursions, privately guided tours with local guides, exclusive VIP access and activities, and meals as detailed in your itinerary.

  6. How much will it cost?

    MO/AD Private Departures typically cost $750 to $1,500 per person, per day, and vary by destination, time of year, number of people in your group, and types of activities you prefer.

  7. What's not included?

    MO/AD Private Departures do not include roundtrip airfare to/from your destination, travel insurance, gratuities for local guides, hotel incidentals, and any activities and meals not included in your itinerary.

  8. What deposits are required?

    After learning more about you, your interests, preferred style of travel, dates, and budget, we will present you with initial ideas and examples of what we can plan for you. In order to design a detailed itinerary and check availability, there is a $500 non-refundable planning deposit due. This will be applied to your final trip cost. Once your itinerary is perfect, we require a 25% non-refundable confirmation deposit to start confirming all of your arrangements. Many of our local partners and hotels require additional advance deposits to secure the best accommodations. The balance of your trip cost is due 90 days prior to travel.

  9. Where can I find the complete terms of my booking?

    See our Terms & Conditions for complete details about our policies regarding your MO/AD Private Departure booking.