Getty Museum, Los Angeles

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1200 Getty Center Drive, LA, CA 90049

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    If you have to see a museum, this is the one!

    by GracesTrips Updated Feb 25, 2008

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    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.
    Tues.–Thur. & Sun.
    10am–6pm
    Fri. & Sat.
    10am–9pm
    Closed Mondays & on Jan. 1, Jul. 4, Thanksgiving & Dec. 25.
    Also, check out the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades! Absolutely wonderful!

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    Spectacular Architecture-the Getty Museum

    by Misha_abq Updated Apr 11, 2008

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    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.

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    Getty Museum

    by Britannia2 Updated Jan 30, 2010

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    The most impressive art gallery I have ever been to and I did not even see a painting! The Getty Center was opened in 1997 after 14 years of planning and construction. It has an amazing hill top location and it must have been difficult in the first stages to build such a massive building on top of such a high hill. Parking is in a multi level parking garage for which there is a charge but from then on admission is free and this includes the tram that takes you to the museum at the top of the hill (although you can walk).
    The museum contains many important and well known art treasures but the grounds were so impressive and the views from them that we spent all of our time outside only venturing indoors to eat.
    The cafeteria is a very much burger oriented eatery but there is a gourmet restaurant as well. Prices are reasonable and standards high. Very good restroom facilities and disabled friendly throughout.
    Recommended if only for the grounds and views alone.

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    Getty Museum - Overview

    by kymbanm Updated Mar 31, 2007

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    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.

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    Great place to relax between exhibition buildings!

    by Beausoleil Updated Jan 27, 2006

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    Reflecting Pool

    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 . . .

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    The Getty Center - A Modern Castle in The Sky!

    by rmdw Updated Jul 18, 2004

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    The Getty Center is absolutely free, yet one of the most fabulous places I have ever been. It's an immense network of futuristic buildings high atop of Los Angeles housing exquisite historic artifacts and artwork.

    This is a definite must see the next time you're in L.A.!!!

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    Getty by Night...

    by gilescorey Updated Jul 4, 2006

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    Dark and Rainy...A Getty rarely seen...

    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":
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    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.

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    by Dabs Updated Mar 28, 2005

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    The Getty Center was finished in 1997 and although I've been to LA a couple of times since, this was the first time it fit in my schedule. I went with my dad and Grandma on a Friday and although the guidebooks all say you need parking reservations I found that wasn't the case anymore.

    Parking is $7 per car, admission is free. After parking, you catch a tram to take you to the top of the hill where the Getty is located.

    The Getty's art collection is not the most outstanding that I've seen (and I've read that the collection at LACMA is better) but the Getty is still worth visiting for the beautiful views over the area, the lovely Central Garden, the large section of decorative arts. There are also special exhibitions, I really enjoyed the one that is there currently of Roger Fenton's photographs from the 1850s taken abroad in England, Wales, Scotland and Russia.

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    The Getty Center

    by cheap_tourist Written Jun 14, 2004

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    The Getty Center Garden

    Los Angeles is fortunate to have several excellent museums of art. The Getty Center is one of them. It has an excellent collection of Impressionist paintings. Van Gogh's "Irises" is on display there. Its collection of paintings by the Old Masters is equally impressive.

    The Getty Center's stunning architecture is beautifully complemented by its gardens. It sits on top of a hill so you need to take a tram to get there. It has many places where you can sit, relax, and enjoy either the art or the view.

    Admission to the museum is free. It is closed Mondays.

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    The Getty Museum

    by Erin74 Updated Oct 24, 2003

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    The Getty Museum and gardens

    The Getty Center is one of the most disinctive architectural achievements in Los Angeles and an excellent place to spend an afternoon when you are in town.

    The Getty Center was completed in 1997. While it doesn't have the sort of broad collection that LACMA has, the Getty Center does have a few interesting displays and pieces of art. The Getty's collection consists mainly of Greek and Roman antiquities, European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture, decorative arts, and European and American photographs.

    Just as compelling as the art at the Getty is the wonderful architecture of the buildings and the panoramic views from the property. If you visit on a clear day, you can see the beach and downtown Los Angeles from here. Also, don't miss the beautiful gardens on the property. Be sure to bring your camera when you visit!

    The museum itself is free, but you'll pay to park. Check the museum's website for details.

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    by marora99 Written Dec 10, 2004

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    The getty museum has a wonderful collection of artworks. I am not sure but I think European art is only displayed in this museum. It is situated ontop of a hill. You park your car on street level and take a breathtaking tram ride to the museum. From different areas of the museum you can get a great view of the LA area and the ocean close by. The admission is free so you only for is parking. This museum is gorgeous and well worth a visit

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    The Getty Center

    by blaird Written Feb 25, 2003

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    We had a cold wind that day!

    The Getty is an art museum that has its core art from J P Getty, who was an extremely rich guy. The most recent time I was there we were looking at a cool exhibit of medeival Christian manuscripts with art, statues from about 2-3000 BC, paintings, and furniture from the Baroque and Neoclassical periods in France. There is tons more to see, we just ran out of energy, so we decided to come back at a later date. Since this was my third time there and I still have more to see, it is pretty big. Take your time and enjoy.

    It is free to get in and parking costs $5. During the week you need parking reservations--(310) 440-7300. Sometimes even on the weekends the parking lot will fill up, in which case you are kind of screwed. You'll need to backtrack to find the MTA Bus 561 bus route stop. Go in the morning and you will have no problem on the weekend. I also hear they have a shuttle service after the lot fills up, you can ask about that isf teh lot is full.

    The Getty is open from 10AM-6Pm, except Fri/Sat, until 9Pm, and Monday they're closed.

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    Gardens of Los Angeles - The Getty Museum

    by Misha_abq Written Apr 30, 2007

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    This has to be the most unique and spectacular garden in the world. It is a living sculptural masterpiece nestled on the grounds of the Getty museum on the top of the mountain range (not real) in Los Angeles.

    The gardens are a mixture of contemporary interpretations of outdoor space, heavily influenced by Japanese artform. Stone pathways zig zag through pristine gardens and a rocky stream. But be prepared, this is not your grandmothers cottage garden, all the old concepts of how a bed of flowers should look are turned upside down at every turn.

    Drink in the essence of the Getty gardens, they will remain with you for the rest of your life.

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    Art / Picnic

    by Olya777 Updated Apr 10, 2008

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    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.

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    The Getty Museum

    by krissyM Written Aug 15, 2007

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    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.

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