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Getty Center

Getty Center
Getty Center

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The Getty Center sits atop a hill in the Santa Monica Mountains in Brentwood where it reflects and displays the light on its collections as well as on its visitors, creating not only a warm welcome but also an environment uniquely designed to actually use natural light to highlight paintings, many of which were created en plein air.

The Center, open since 1997, quickly ascended to the apex of the city's arts organizations, and houses not only the J. Paul Getty Museum, but also the Getty Trust's research, and conservation institutes, as well as the Getty Foundation. In 2006, another capstone followed, the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa in Malibu. The Getty Center in LA houses European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and European and American photographs. Among the works on display is the painting Irises by Vincent van Gogh. The five museum galleries, called pavilions, are North, East, South, West and the Changing Exhibit pavilion. The artwork is displayed throughout the pavilions chronologically: the North houses the oldest art while the West houses the newest. The first floor galleries house light-sensitive art, such as illuminated manuscripts, furniture or photography.

The Getty Villa in Malibu is dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. The Villa houses approximately 44,000 works of art from the Museum's extensive collection of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities, of which over 1,200 are on view.

While admission is free, parking is $15. A free shuttle carries visitors up the hill to the museum where you can pick up an audio device that provides a self-guided tour. Be sure to take the time to enjoy the enormous Central Garden, which includes a central plaza with a pool, surrounded by lush specialty gardens.

Attraction Information

  • Hours:
  • Tuesday through Thursday: 10am to 6pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 10am to 9pm
  • Sunday: 10am to 6pm
  • Admission:
  • Free
  • Contact:
  • Location: 1200 Getty Center Drive Los Angeles, CA
  • Phone: 310-440-7300
  • Website:
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