Getty Center, Los Angeles
The Getty Center is an exciting, living complex of culture that should not be missed.
J.P. Getty stipulated in his will that all the money for the Getty Foundation should be spent each year. Due to the investment acumen of one of it's directors the fortune grew so vast that this new complex had to be built to house the museum, and organizations had to be created to obtain art pieces and to support the arts as well as sponsor deserving new artists.
The Getty Center has both changing exhibits and its superb collection of ancient and European masterpieces.
Free tours are given by trained docents throughout the day, just inquire at the information desk in the lobby for the time of the next tour.
Even if you are not into museums, this is a fabulous place to see!
The Getty Center, perched high on a hill, offers spectacular views from the outside perimeter, there are several nice restaurants to choose from and lovely gardens, with many exotic plants, to explore.
Admission is free, Parking no longer requiers a reservation but the cost has risen from $5.00 to $15.00 per car or motorcycle. Travelers who don't have the use of a car, will find public transportation easy to use.
1200 Getty Center Dr., (off the San Diego Freeway (405), between Brentwood and Bel Air.)
For further information and to make parking reservations, call (310) 440-7300.
The Getty Center can be reached by Metro Rapid Line 761.
The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center is designed around an open central courtyard surrounded by five two-story pavilions. The pavilions house changing exhibitions and the permanent collections of pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts, and 19th- and 20th-century American and European photographs. Visitors are free to view works of art chronologically or in random sequence by moving between pavilions.
Don't miss going to the Getty as the only cost you will incur is $5 per car to park. There is NO ADMISSION FEE. Be prepared to see only gourmet and expensive foods offered inside at the various lovely restaurants and cafes.
One IMPORTANT TIP! The Getty is made from white travertine rock which reflects an incredible amount of sunlight on the top of this mountain. DON'T FORGET TO BRING SUNGLASSES! Makes the visit so much easier on the eyes :-)
A must in the Getty Museum. The architecture of this museum is overwhelming. Unfortunately the art easily gets lost in this huge complex. Take your hiking boots with you :)
Parking close to the museum is an illusion. Park outside on the remote parking lot and take the shuttle to the museum (small fee). Call the infoline of the museum for directions.