What’s now called the Getty Villa served as the decades-long home for the J. Paul Getty Trust’s extensive art collection. But in 1997, the Getty Center opened. The end result is a remarkable complex of travertine and white metal-clad pavilions that houses ornate French furniture, recognizable Impressionist pieces and rotating exhibitions. Its relative inaccessibility is more than compensated for by free admission and panoramic views, from the hills and the ocean in the west all the way around to Downtown in the east.
What to see inside
Once you’ve parked at the bottom and taken the electric tram ride up the hill, one thing becomes apparent: It’s a big place, with works displayed in four permanent galleries, an exhibition space and the adjacent Getty Research Institute. The West Pavilion’s Impressionist pieces are a perennial crowd-pleaser, particularly Van Gogh’s Irises. Across the way, the South Pavilion features French decorative arts, outdone only by the baroque room recreations in the East Pavilion. Make sure to head to that building’s upper level, where you’ll find a number of Rembrandt masterpieces. Meanwhile, the North Pavilion features art exclusively made before 1700—most exquisitely, a collection of illuminated manuscripts on the lower floor.
What to see outside
You could stroll along the Getty’s myriad courtyards, overlooks and fountains without ever stepping foot inside a gallery and still come away satisfied. The most notable destination is Robert Irwin’s Central Garden, a cascading stream that leads to a lush labyrinth of hedges and pathways—make sure to check out the modern sculpture garden just past it. The cactus garden in the southeast corner provides a postcard-perfect view of the city with a cluster of cacti in the foreground. If you’re after sunset views, post up on any of the pavilion’s westward-facing terraces (if you can see the Central Garden and the oceanfront mountains, you’re looking the right way).
Where to eat
The bustling cafe by the entrance, as well as another one near the Central Garden, should suffice for most visitors, while the Restaurant (reservations recommended) provides sit-down service for a more leisurely, luxurious meal. We’d opt for the casual offering; if you want to go with the most casual option, pack a picnic and lay out a blanket on the museum’s sloping, south-facing lawn.
|Venue name:||Getty Center|
1200 Getty Center Dr
|Opening hours:||Tue–Fri, Sun 10am–5:30pm; Sat 10am–9pm|
|Price:||Free admission; parking $20, after 4pm $15, after 6pm $10|
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Dive into the founding principles of the influential German art school at this Getty Research Institute exhibition, which includes over 250 rare prints, drawings, collages, notebooks and ephemera from the Bauhaus’s founding and early years.Prints & editions Until Sunday October 13 2019 Free
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The building and surrounding gardens, the artwork and the view of LA are stunning. Amazing that there is no charge for this museum where you could spend all day going through the exhibits and still not finish. The ride by tram from the base is also an experience in itself. So, bring your camera, packs some snacks and water to nourish yourself to see as much of this museum as possible. Truly a beautiful treasure of Los Angeles
One of my favorite spots in Los Angeles! Perfect for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. And, even if you aren't an art connoisseur, you can still spend a full day enjoying the beautiful views, modern architecture, and luscious garden. Plus, free admission! Grab your camera and explore the multiple facets of the center; or, enjoy a relaxing picnic on the grass with a blanket and a bite to eat from one of the on-site cafes.
The Westside's brightest gem, The Getty is an anchor for world renowned classic art in Los Angeles. The building itself is studied by architectural students with it's landscaping to match. The Getty boasts some of the most beautiful garden in all of Los Angeles.
The Getty Center is the perfect getaway for the day if you want to feel like you're far away from the city life, while enjoying great art, education and ambiance. They have a lot of great new exhibits they change around, so you can go often and still see and learn something new. The garden is beautiful, and you get great city views as well. The ride up is also quite fun, and it's cool to know you're on those little trams that you can see from the freeway! There's something for everyone, whether you're into the exhibits or the views. I definitely recommend The Getty, whether you're visiting, or a local!
What is there left to say about the Getty? It's one of LA's most beautiful institutions and a place every Angeleno and visitor should experience. There's an incredible amount of history in the architecture alone (there are fossil imprints in the courtyard stones!), which makes it a joy to explore.
The Getty is a famous L.A. spot but it's earned its place. From its great views of the city to its world-class exhibits and extra programming like concerts and speakers, there's always a reason to visit the museum. The Buddhism talk I saw last year was enlightening and inspirational. It's also just a cool spot to hang out on the lawn with a bottle of wine and picnic basket.
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