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The Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Dr.
Los Angeles, CA, 90049, United States
TEL: (310) 440-7300
TEL: (310) 440-7330

Since L.A. lacks the piazzas and promenades of other major cities, the Getty Center is more than just a museum. Occupying an isolated, hillside perch, the giant multi-terraced art complex has become one of L.A.’s great urban spaces, where visitors can stroll and admire views over the city. Inside the billion-dollar, Richard Meier-designed creamy travertine museum is a collection of awesome breadth, displayed in galleries with generous natural lighting. From van Gogh’s Irises (purchased for an undisclosed price estimated to be well over $50 million) to a dazzling collection of French furniture from the reigns of Louis IV-XVI, there is one remarkable exhibit after another. If you have time, head over to the Getty’s Malibu location, the Getty Villa, which has a stunning collection of ancient Grecian, Roman, and Etrurian art, as well as a beautiful Roman-inspired garden.

Insider Tip:

Don’t imagine you can “do” this museum in just an hour; you’ll need a little time. Best to come on a Friday or Saturday, when the museum is open in the evenings (and the sunsets from the terraces are fabulous).

Amenities

Open / Closes
  • Art
  • Accessible by Public Transportation
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • History
  • Interactive
  • Indoor
  • Kids' Programs
  • Monday - Closed
  • Nature
  • Outdoor
  • Parking Available
  • Restaurant/Café
  • Self-Guided Tours
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