One of the best things about the Getty Museum is its free-ness. And included in that free-ness is free use of iPods that offer audio tours of the museum. Most pieces of artwork on premises have corresponding numbers -- enter the number into your iPods and get a thoughtful, scholarly analysis of said artwork.
Todd Huffman via flickr The Getty Center
A few pieces have a second number, and these are for the children's audio tour. Most of these are what you'd expect -- interactive audio bits that point out certain aspects of the art to kids, draw comparisons between the art and things kids might relate to, and generally try to engage and inform younger visitors. It's a cool program.
But there are a couple of things, sprinkled throughout the museum, that are genuinely strange. After discovering one such instance, we took a tour of the Getty listening to the children's audio tour, to find out what oddities are flowing into the ears of the children of Los Angeles as they tour the Getty.More »