Getty Museum, Los Angeles

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1200 Getty Center Drive, LA, CA 90049

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  • Beautiful Location

    by ebegich Written Nov 20, 2006

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    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.

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    Cool Stuff at the Getty

    by Roadquill Written Apr 21, 2008

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    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.

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    Wonderful architecture and views

    by USCgirlie Written Mar 28, 2006

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    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.

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    Getty Museum: Eh

    by labratz Written Mar 11, 2005

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    The good:
    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.

    The bad:
    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.

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  • Getty Center

    by 50939 Updated Sep 3, 2009

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    Forget Hollywood!

    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.

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    Waterfall, sunken garden and a flower labyrinth

    by Beausoleil Written Aug 16, 2004

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    Garden Waterfall

    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.

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    Getty Center Museum

    by Cicero213 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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...

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    A Majestic View, Breathtaking Architecture

    by Dundooni Written Sep 25, 2003

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    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.

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    Practice your Drawing Skills

    by garridogal Written Oct 24, 2013

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    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.

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    As much as people try to write...

    by jeaniek13 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    As much as people try to write off LA as an overly materialistic plastic town (or major suburbia), there are a lot of activities to experience.... much of which are outdoors!

    #1 The Beach Communities - Pacific Palisades - Santa Monica - Venice Beach - Redondo Beach - Manhattan Beach - Hermosa Beach - Newport - Huntington - etc. (You get my point.) Manhattan Beach is home to the Annual Beach Volleyball Tournaments. Surfing--I don't surf, but my friends do... usually in OC, Newport Beach and other areas. But according to them, the best surfing waters in CA are in Santa Cruz (closer to San Jose/SF) in Northern CA. You can rent rollerblades & bicycles at Santa Monica and Venice (aka 'Muscle Beach' - there is an actual gym on the beach). Most of these beach communities have restaurants and other places to hang out (shop, party, etc.) within walking distance. SM: 3rd Street Promenade, full of shops, restaurants, and during the summer it is teeming with people and outdoor performers, all endearing, but not equally gifted.
    Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Redondo Beach make up 'The Strand.' You can run from one beach to the next and if you ever watched 'Beverly Hills 90210' you can walk along Manhattan Beach, where there are some gorgeous beach homes and pass the Beach House which was used in '90210.'

    There are plenty of movie theatres--Westwood Village (near UCLA) is usually where most of the movie premieres occur. I used to run the 4-mile loop perimeter of UCLA... and on occasion in Santa Monica and in the South Bay (Manhattan, Redondo, and Hermosa Beaches).

    Outside the beaches, there's the Getty Center, Los Feliz, Old Town Pasadena, Miracle Mile (LA County Museum of Art, La Brea Tar Pits), Beverly Hills (c'mon, you know you want to stroll down Rodeo, even though most of us can't afford a thing, other than a cup of coffee), OC (Orange County), the Sunset Strip (Sunset Blvd.), Melrose, Griffith Park, West Hollywood, NBC Studios (Burbank) - you can watch a taping of Jay Leno, etc. Oh yeah, there are probably some of you who would like to visit Disneyland--go for it, just be prepared to spend at least $50/person.

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    The Wiews inside and out side are in competition

    by URBANNO45 Written Jan 5, 2010

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    Getty Center, LA.CA.
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    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°.

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  • If you think the Getty in Los Angeles is exciting!

    by sandoval10 Written Jul 25, 2010

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    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.

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    An Instant Favorite!

    by garridogal Updated Oct 7, 2013

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    In case you're wondering...
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    Spent the morning and early afternoon exploring The Getty Museum and its grounds. Absolutely adored the place. They have a great collection separated amongst the different wings that comprise the compound-like structure. There are a variety of restaurants (although the largest one was closed), some smaller gifts shops, one main one, and the gardens.

    Oh the gardens!

    AND it's free to get in!

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    The Getty Museum: More than We Imagined

    by AKtravelers Written Mar 12, 2006

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    Relaxing outside one of the Getty's buildings

    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.

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    For art or something...

    by joits Written Sep 13, 2004

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    I painted this... no really... I swear... hehe

    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...

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