Perched on a hilltop above Bentwood, LA’s posh neighborhood, the Getty Museum is a playground for architecture and art lovers. getty museum
Take the tram uphill from the parking lot and enter the world full of world-class art, spectacular architecture and designed gardens. What we love about Getty Museum? You don’t even need to be into art to enjoy spending a whole day here. Stroll through the gardens, find a spot to read, take you sketch pad with you, grab some snacks from the restaurant or bring your own picnic and just soak in the magnificent views of LA. Best thing: it’s all for free. Except for the $15 parking fee per car. J. Paul Getty, businessman and art collector, had the vision that art should be “available for the public’s education and enjoyment.” He first started displaying art at his ranch in Pacific Palisades, where the Getty Museum originated before it moved to Brentwood. Today’s property at the Pacific Palisades is known as the Getty Villa. Also open to the public. getty museum
Designed by architect, Richard Meier, and opened in 1997, the modern lines of the Getty perfectly embrace its surrounding. The building features a spacious plaza, five exhibition pavilions, and a beautiful garden. The garden might be an attraction worth visiting by itself. It’s home to more than 500 plant varieties, a floating maze, walkways, lawns, pool and a small creek.
The art collection at The Getty Museum ranges from pre-20th-century works Van Gogh, Monet, Cezanne and much more to today’s artist displaying modern art. There are permanent as well as rotating exhibitions, so make sure to check out their event calendar. No matter if you are into art or not, we say, you definitely make a visit to The Getty Museum, if you are around LA.
Things to know:
N Sepulveda Blvd & Getty Center Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Tuesday–Friday and Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Closed on Monday
Parking: $15 per car, $10 after 3 p.m.
★Sign up for free guided talks & tours to get the most out of your visit.
★Note: summer months and weekend may be a bit more crowded, allow yourself enough time.
★Wear sunscreen; you will be a lot outside.
★Don’t forget your camera.