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“Visual Paradise” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bergamot Station

Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404
310-829-5854
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Ranked #15 of 45 attractions in Santa Monica
Type: Art Museums, Art Galleries, Malls, Specialty Shops, Shops
Activities: Arts and crafts
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Owner description: A mecca for artists and art lovers, this warehouse complex features numerous art galleries, unusual shops and the Santa Monica Museum of Art.
Carlsbad, California
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“Visual Paradise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Drove from San Diego to see some photographs of Jerry Uelsmann at the Peter Fetterman Gallery. When we arrived we were surprised to see the galleries acorss from a waste center on a dead end street and wondered if the GPS was wrong. We parked for free and strolled to the first gallery on our mission to see photography. We saw some wonder paintings and were amazed all the places to be quiet and the people in general not friendly or welcoming really at all. At the Fetterman Gallery, a young man named Douglas though was very helpful and although Uelsmann didn't have anything on display at the time, he pulled several on his works for us to see. He explained a lot about his methods of art and I learned about other photographers as well. I'm even thinking of purchasing some pieces there. After a few hours we left and returned the next day. Many galleries didn't open until 11, but I was there at 10. Douglas allowed us to wonder some more although not "officially" open. We had some drinks at the cafe next door and left happy to see so many various pieces of photography, paintings, sculptures, and mixed art in one place and all for free!! I was on an art lovers high by the time I left. The highlight really was the Fetterman Gallery though where we felt welcomed - whether I purchase a piece or not. Told many residents of Santa Monica are unaware of this place. Don't let the waste buildings across the street fool you - go inside and your eyes will be rewarded with a visual treat.

Visited April 2013
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Kathmandu
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“An art treasure trove of 30 galleries”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

Bergamot Station has 30 galleries, a cafe, the world renowned Santa Monica Museum of Art, jewelry stores and gift shops. One stop parking and something for everyone. If you check ahead you can time your visit to correspond with several art openings and can get the chance to talk about what you are seeing with knowledgeable and colorful art patrons. Bergamot is always worth a visit with options to see photography, fine art, modern art, sculpture, etc from emerging to established artists.

Visited February 2013
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London
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34 attraction reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“Hidden gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

This is my 8th time in LA, and I hadn't even heard of Bergamot station till a friend told me about it. Well worth a look for a couple of hours if you are in the area. A plethora of art galleries and the Santa Monica Museum of Art that has changing exhibitions (really liked Miriam Wosk on display at the moment). Also a nice little cafe to grab a coffee and piece of cake after you have been perusing.

Visited January 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Multi-gallery location on the Westside”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

International as well as national artwork on display - there is always something interesting to see in the various galleries located here. Convenient location next to the 10 Freeway with plenty of free paking

Visited December 2012
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Santa Monica, California
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Lots to see for all tastes”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

This is a great location to wander through the various art galleries, there's plenty for everyone! There are a few boutique shops with quirky gifts at good prices

Visited October 2012
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