The Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles

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The Getty Center, in Los Angeles, California, is a campus of the Getty Museum and other programs of the Getty Trust. The Center opened to the public in 1997. It is well known for its architecture, gardens, and views overlooking Los Angeles. Getty draws 1.3 million visitors annually. The Center features pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts. The center includes outdoor sculpture displayed on terraces and in gardens and the large Central Garden. The campus also houses the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute and the Getty Foundation.

Admission is Free. An advance timed-entry ticket is required.

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Open Hours:

  • Sun

    10:00 - 17:30

  • Tue

    10:00 - 17:30

  • Wed

    10:00 - 17:30

  • Thu

    10:00 - 17:30

  • Fri

    10:00 - 17:30

  • Sat

    10:00 - 21:00

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Reviews

  • Katie Galvin

    5
    - 06 September 2018 -

    I have been 3 times in 10 years. I absolutely love it. The grounds are beautifully manicured and peaceful and the views of LA are spectacular. The artwork is great but that isn't why I go. It's just an amazing and unique experience. Although, the current Egypt exhibit is fantastic! I walked to the top this time instead of taking the tram and really enjoyed it...not that tough

  • Cindy Lou

    5
    - 03 September 2018 -

    Best museum I've visited! The scenery from up the museum is great. It's definitely an experience. It's free, but you must pay for parking. Parking is $10 which I would say was worth paying. The museum is pretty big so give your self a few hours to fully see everything. I recommend 100%.

  • Shawn Vogt Sween

    5
    - 27 August 2018 -

    We had driven by the Getty numerous times but never stopped because we didn't think an art museum would be appealing to us. We were so wrong! Parking at the bottom of the hill and riding the tram up is very enjoyable. The building itself is magnificent and we loved the architecture tour we got to take to learn more about the building and the building project. And the art itself is beautifully displayed and well explained in the many tours. We would come back in a heart beat. And the gift shop… what a treasure. We really had fun and were inspired to bring some art books home to our kids. We only had 2 and a 1/2 hours to spend because we were catching a flight home (this is really pretty close to the airport), but we will plan to come back and would highly recommend it.

  • S. Elizabeth

    5
    - 25 August 2018 -

    Always a lovely time. More to see here than you can ever take in during just one visit! Definitely don't wait until closing to leave if you want to take the tram down in a timely manner. The walk back down the hill isn't bad though if you don't mind that sort of thing. Cheaper parking after 3!

  • Hannah Grammer

    5
    - 18 August 2018 -

    Parking is limited and lines for the shuttle up to the building are long. Don't wear anything too fancy because you'll save a little time walking a mile uphill instead of taking the shuttle, and it can be tricky or less comfortable in dress attire. The Getty is located atop a hill overlooking the city and the ocean. Gorgeous views and landscape. Everything is of superior quality, with great attention to detail. There is so much to see and read that you could get lost in there for hours. Staff are attentive and friendly and most exhibits allow photographs. While bringing younger children may provide a great learning opportunity and exposure to the arts, it might be more suitable for older children, in order to fully appreciate the subtle notes of artistic flair and style, surrounding knowledge of the historical period, and stamina to take in seemingly thousands of exhibition pieces. All in all, would highly recommend as a tourist or local on a day trip, as exhibits rotate and you might get something new out of it or see something you missed each time you visit.

  • American Girl

    5
    - 11 August 2018 -

    The Getty is always a wonderful getaway. Everything about it from the location, the view, the garden, the events, over the exhibitions, to the architecture. I have fond memories of taking my children to the family days, my aunt for the art, my friend for the show and my love for a stroll. I am very grateful for the Getty Foundation for presenting, conserving, and interpreting the world's artistic legacy. I feel the role of science is to push forward and through. Regardless. While the role of art is to follow close behind to make sure the world will hold together. To give us a reason to hold together. To draw our attention to the rifts, to initiate some shifts and to refine all that has been accomplished.

  • Nicole Yuen

    5
    - 31 July 2018 -

    I can’t believe this place is free!! (Minus the $15 a day parking) it was such a great experience! You take a tram up to the centre and it is beautiful. So well designed and has such a clean modern look. The centre is huge and has 3 buildings that are organized by era which are their permanent collections. While we were there an Egyptian section was in place and it was incredible! I’ve never been anywhere like this place. And if you’re looking for a surround view of LA from above, this is the place to go. Food is expensive here at the cafes so bring your own if that’s an issue! They also offer free umbrellas for your use to stay out of the sun but there is AC in all buildings.

  • Mihai Preda

    4
    - 26 July 2018 -

    The complex itself is very pleasant. With a modern and clean look, it manages to be relaxing and fun to stroll by. The gardens are especially warm and cozy. The art collection though, while impressive for a private collector, is not of the same level of quality. It's OK as a introduction to Art History but it doesn't have many great authors, and when it does, the works are not among their most exquisite. It's definitely worth the visit but is not by any means one of the best incursions in Art History. The outside terraces provide a magnificent view over LA area. The restaurant is very elegant and has a classy food offering. Parking is provided in the lower part of the complex, at one of the ends of the tourist shuttle.

  • Maya Autret

    5
    - 16 July 2018 -

    Everything about this place is awesome - except for the process of getting in during peak days/hours. The building is beautiful, views are unbelievable, and the art is fabulous and eclectic. Plus, they make it free, which is truly awesome. My favorites was the French furniture from the 1700's. And many classic artists/paintings throughout. They have kid-friendly activities. And their gift shop is awesome, with an especially impressive offering of art books. Make sure you leave yourself enough time, as there is much to see, and it takes time to get from the parking and all around the property. Staff is nice, too.

  • Drew Bahna

    5
    - 11 July 2018 -

    Not really much you can say about the Getty that hasn't already been said. The place is amazing and beautiful. The views are breathtaking. And the works of art are always a pleasure to admire. The garden is the most beautiful place that you can go to at the Getty. Make sure to pack a lunch or go to one of the places to eat and find a place on the lawn. You won't regret it. I've been coming here for years and it's always a pleasurable experience.

  • Cameron Dupuy

    - 19 May 2018 -

    Incredible museum. Huge and beautiful.

  • Bram Timmer

    - 11 May 2018 -

    Stellar collections; the museum’s location is breath-taking with panoramic views of the city. The tram, courtyard and architecture feel like an experience straight out of a bond film.

  • Charley Yang

    - 24 April 2018 -

    It is free with excellent art collection. Location is nice for peace and calm

  • Kim Allen-Niesen

    - 09 March 2018 -

    Docent tours are great!

  • Christian Borges

    - 26 January 2018 -

    Everything. The museum is an architectural masterpiece, with many “hidden” but obvious design elements that both surprise and challenge your sense of sight.

  • Paul Robert

    - 13 January 2018 -

    The best top

  • Kalley Huddleston

    - 03 January 2018 -

    Entry to museum is free but $15 to park. You have to wait to catch a trolly to get to the museum or walk about .5 Miles up hill. Not a bad walk but would be cautious if you have strollers or elders

  • Raquel Cukierkorn

    - 03 January 2018 -

    If you are an art nut, definitely go here. Great art from many periods in history.

  • Kat 🐱

    - 11 November 2017 -

    Free entrance. Beautiful view. Recommend coming near evening time for sunset!

  • Kawika Terry

    - 08 October 2017 -

    Walk to the top for a stunning view.

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