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.
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.
If you are interested in modern architecture and want some great views of Los Angeles, the Getty is the place to go. The entire complex is beautiful and there are gardens to walk through. Also, it's free! You only need to pay for parking which was $5 the last time I checked.
1) Nice architecture is all well and good but most people come to the Getty for the art and the collection just isn't that impressive. The main problem is that it is a relatively new museum, and even though they have obscene amounts of money and could afford to buy masterpieces, no one is selling them. There are a few good Dutch and Italian pieces but that's about it. The scale of the architecture actually underscores the sparseness of the collection.
2) On a hot summer day, the nice view isn't something you actually want to see. Because that fog that's making it difficult to see the downtown skyscrapers? It's smog and you get to breathe it as soon as you come down from the hill the Getty is perched on. Ignorance is bliss, in this case.
Bottom line: If you want to go to a great art museum in the LA area, go to LACMA or the Norton Simon. The Getty, if you go at all, should be third on your list.
The best place in Los Angeles is here!
Richard Meier built an fantastic Museum at an fantastic Place.
His windows and arches allow very nice views.
Take the elevator downstairs or walk down the pathway to the garden area. There is a large sunken garden with a waterfall. In spring the azaleas form a labyrinth inside the small pond. In summer there are umbrellas available to keep off the sun so you can walk the gardens in comfort.
You will see families picnicing, older people strolling, artists painting, children playing . . . all in a peaceful atmosphere surrounded by the white marble buildings.
There are stunning views of Los Angeles in the distance and on a clear day of the Pacific Ocean not too far away.
This is a beautiful hilltop museum where the architecture trumps the actual collection. Alternating white marble, fountains, lush landscaping and a setting in the Santa Monica Mountains give you an idea of how the Acropolis must have been for the ancient Greeks...
Although within its walls the Getty Center houses some of the finest collections of art to circulate through Los Angeles, I always seem to get distracted by the amazing architecture and the lovely gardens. One of my favorite things to do is take a book, buy an overpriced hot chocolate from the cafe, and read. The view is just gorgeous and it is a great opportunity to reflect on natural beauty and your life.
Is a real "pearl" in LA, the organization is marvellous, the colection and have the best sights of all LA in almost 360°. Realmente es un hallazgo este museo en Los Angeles, tiene diseño, buena coleccion y ademas una de las mejores vistas de la ciudad en casi 360°.
The "original" Getty in Malibu Beach is a real treasure. It still features the great statues of the Greek, Roman and Etruscan Empires. Much much more to see in this villa. Try the Greek salad for lunch.
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.
The gardens in this museum was the best. The architecture of the place was amazing. I even enjoyed the tram/monrail ride up to the museum. This place is really big and spread with a view of downtown Los Angeles. I took alot of pictures of just the building it self.
We had a few hours before the VT meeting so Janet (Kristara), Stace (Beach_dog) and me, we decided to drive to the Getty for a quick visit.
What we did not expect was the massive traffic jams we would find at the 405 on a friday (actually any day is good for a traffic jam in that interstate road LOL)
This is a good place to see art... n stuff. Okay, I confess, I'm not too big on art. I went here on a compay outing a few years ago, I saw a bit of it. The art looked cool I guess... but I was kinda distracted... It was the 2001 playoffs and it was gm 7 Lakers vs Portland... we left early to go watch the game. Still... this is the major art museum in LA, so if you like to see pretty paintings and stuff...
This is an outstanding art museum on LA's north side. The exhibits cover ancient Greek, Assyrian, and Roman art through the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and up to the mid 19th century. The museum is housed in several buildings set high on a ridgeline overlooking the city. The museum is accessible by a short tram ride up from the parking area.
I don't know if the Getty wants to discourage aspiring artists from drawing in common areas of the museum but they do have a special section for it.
So if you go and drop your easel in another section of the museum and you get reamed, remember: you've been warned.