The Getty is one of my favorite places. Great art, great architecture, special exhibits, often time music, seminars and it is frrreeeeeee. Except for parking. Sometimes the local parking fills up and you have to shuttle in.
This museum provides one of the most spectacular views of the Los Angeles skyline.
You park your car at the base of the hill ($8 but that's the only charge) and ride a tram up the mountain to an edifice of contemporary and elegant stonework. While the electric tram mozies up the hill, you watch the traffic on the 405 (one of the busiest highways in the world), know your not caught in traffic, and quietly thank your personal god that your about to have a wonderful day.
The museum teems with little nooks and crannies, each filled with a morsel of some perfectly arranged art form whether it be sculpture, paintings, or plantings. ----I've been to the Louvre with endless walls of paintings that overwhelm you till your mind goes blank and your eyes turn red from looking. The designers of the Getty grouped smaller collections together to intrigue you with just enough to keep you interested. Delightful!!! You'll spend the whole day there and want to come back for more.
Have a picnic in the beautiful garden at the Getty Museum. Very relaxing. Breathtaking views... both... collection of Art inside... and Malibu Beach outside (great to watch sunset as well) The museum is on the top of a hill overlooking Malibu and Sunset strip and is surrounded by rose and cactus gardens... incredibly beautiful. Give yourself about 3-4 hours for the museum. And then, drive to Sunset strip (about 10 mins drive) and stroll along.
The Getty Center is probably the Gem of all Museums in Southern California. The Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades I enjoyed even more. You don't have to spend the entire day at the Getty. Do plan to eat at the very nice restaurant at the Getty. The food is really wonderful. There is a casual cafe you can buy food and you can picnic there. But, I would definitely consider eating at the restaurant instead. Parking is easy now and a tram takes you up to the museum. The exhibits are spaced out in several buildings and make sure to walk through the garden area. On a clear day, you can see the ocean and even Catalina. The Getty is free but you have to pay for parking.
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Closed Mondays & on Jan. 1, Jul. 4, Thanksgiving & Dec. 25.
Also, check out the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades! Absolutely wonderful!
The Getty is a great way to spend the afternoon. Admission is free but parking is $7 per car. A tram takes you up the hill to the museum giving you nail biting views over the side of the cliff. Once you're up there, on a clear day you can see right to the Channel Islands. Most days though you can't see far through the smog.
I think this is one of the best art galleries in the LA area. The most poplular room is the impressionist wing and contains a number of Monets. You are allowed to bring in camera just remember, don't use a flash.
The builing itself is an architectural masterpiece, designed by Richard Meier. The gardens outside are beautiful. The best time to visit is spring and summer when all the flowers are in bloom.
Wow, this place really has something for just about everyone! I'm not always into traditional museums, they wear on me after a while; I think it's because I feel like I should like something that I really don't. That being said, the Getty was perfect! There was modern art, architectural displays, furniture, traditional oils and watercolors, and more! I do love Van Gogh and I was able to ponder his painting of the Iris'. One of my favorite exhibits was on post war Japan's modern art movement - Art, anit-art, non-art. There was even a phone that Yoko Ono supposedly calls in on occasionally :)
The gardens alone took a huge chunk of our time They were fun, interesting and the flowers were in full bloom. It seems they had just reopened after maintenance and renovation ... so the grass was nonexistent from a recent reseeding. The views of the city was wonderful despite the overcast day, and with the air pollution issues in LA, I suspect most days are a bit overcast. I'll build a TL of my garden pics later for you to enjoy.
Parking, even for a weekend was not too bad, and the tram from the parking area to the museum complex was a little bit fun. Though the parking fee was a bit shocking at $8 a car, I later discovered this is the only fee you pay to enter the museum, and since the fee is per car, this is an amazingly cheap day. Handicapped vehicles park for free BTW :) The complex is too huge to take in everything in just one day, so don't try. Do pick up a program from the tram station to help you prioritize your day.
Handicapped access was easy and smooth - but if you are NOT on wheels, you'll want to borrow one from the museum complex - distances are a bit difficult with assistive devices. And another thing that I just LOVE, being all fair skinned and all, is that they have umbrellas around the complex to borrow - for rain or much needed shade.
All in all, I do look forward to heading out there again for another day of fun, art, and to perhaps ponder yet another painting or two.
The Getty on a clear day is the best. You can see LA, the beach, the ocean, the mountains, all while enjoying the beautiful grounds. Parking is easy its right off the 405 freeway and there is a tram that takes you up to the museum. I could take or leave the art in the museum, but the grounds are amazing. Unique gardens and an amazing view. Its a great please to relax, reflect and take a break from the intensity of Los Angeles.
..... where the Italian's statues, paintings are? Do not come to Italy, go to the Ghetti Museum! There are statues found 500 mt from my house in Rome... wondering why, how are they in LA.....
BTW It worth a full day visit it is an axcellent museum!
I endeavour to offer tips and advice that are unique and can't be found on other pages. In keeping with that credo, I've copied my Getty Center tip that I rack under "Nightlife":
Friday and Saturday nights, the Getty Museum, perched above Brentwood, stays open until 9:PM. Few know of the late hours, and, as a result, you'll largely have the institution to yourself. Furthermore, it's one of the few times you can park without reserving well in advance. In fact, if you're a real cheapass, you can park on local streets off Sepulveda for free, after 6:PM, and hike up to the tram area.
While the art is enjoyable enough, I personally prefer visiting other museums for art (as they have better quality and quantity in my opinion). However, the Getty Museum is unique to other museums in that it has amazing, dramatic stone architecture, beautiful gardens, and excellent views of LA (it is located on the Santa Monica Mountains). I was able to see the Pacific Ocean, the San Gabriel Mountains, and much of Los Angeles from the Getty. The gardens have all types of beautiful plants (more than 500!) and is very peaceful as a whole. While admission is free, parking is $7.
We admit that we did no research for our LA stop-over, so we had no idea what to expect of the Getty Museum. We had heard of it for its reknowned art collection, but we thought of it as just an art museum. However, when we got there we realized that it is far more. It is a beautifully landscaped garden with a fine view of Los Angeles below. It is an architectural wonder constructed of marble from Italy, consisting of several buildings surrounding a coutyard that lets you watch fountains bubble and drink espresso in the fine LA weather. Almost secondarily, it is a repository for centuries worth of art.
In fact, while we enjoyed the break from the airport and certainly loved seeing the Getty collection, the Getty was slightly disappointing as an art museum. This is definitely reflective of our perspective: we live near the National Gallery of Art in Washington and have been to the Met, the Louvre, the Prado, the Vatican Museum and Taipei's National Palace Museum and the Getty does not belong in their company but we had expectations that it did. But, when you put expectations aside, it is still a fine museum that compares well to most in the United States. They have a solid collection of Dutch Masters, a decent number of Impressionists and a nice sampling of paintings from the early Italian Renaissance. They had a surprising number of 19th century Beligian paintings which were of interest. If we ever have another 9 hour layover in LA, it's likely we'll go back here.
You can have a cafe espresso on the balcony overlooking the nearby mountains or you can immediately enter your choice of exhibition buildings.
When you finish one building, have a snack or another espresso on the white marble patio by the reflecting pool and watch art loving humanity walk by.
There is a small model of the entire Getty campus at the end of the small stream-fountain on your right. Children love it! They also seem to enjoy dipping fingers and toes in the reflecting pool . . .
The Getty's great. It's a perfect way to spend a sunny day. They've got a beautiful collection: a plethora of Rembrandts, post-renaissance euro art and quite an amazing bit of Catholic manuscripts dated 1000 AD and after. Grab a bottle of chardonnay and a snack from their very decent cafeteria and have yourself a picnic on the adjoining hillside where they have live music in the afternoon. Besides, you can't beat FREE admission!
A 5-mins tramp ride will take you to the main entrance, I felt like stepping into another space buildings of earthy white & glasses.... like the setting in the Transitions 2005 adverts.
The staff are really friendly and you will be given a schdule of the day listing all the talks and tours. Self-guided audio player is available for US$ 3.00.
I found the architecture tour particularly interesting - Richard Miere's design of the Getty Center.
If you're visiting Los Angeles then you must try and visit The Getty Museum. It's truly a brilliant example of beautiful architecture designed by one of my favorite architects, Richard Meier.
There is a wonderful terrace cafe area for lunch that overlooks the garden; I would bring a good book to enjoy the serenity of the surrounding area.