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Experience The Getty Center & Museum

Experience The Getty Center & Museum - Getty Center
Carla Docdocil
Carla Docdocil
February 17, 2023

The Getty Center & Museum is more than just a place to admire beautiful art. With its breathtaking architecture, lush gardens, and panoramic views of the city below, a trip to the Getty Center & Museum is an experience in and of itself. So whether you're a connoisseur fine art or simply looking for a fun day out with the family, it has something for everyone. So grab your camera, put on your walking shoes, and get ready to immerse yourself in the world of art and culture at this stunning destination.

Getty Villa Fountain

Uncover the past at the Getty Center, one of two locations in Los Angeles owned by the renowned Getty Museum. This campus for cultural institutions was opened way back in 1997 and funded with a whopping $1.3 billion from oilman J. Paul Getty! Discover European and American art spanning centuries while taking advantage of its awe-inspiring features like an auditorium that seats 450 people, an underground parking garage, and loggias surrounded by gardens & pools—the possibilities are endless! A single visit will give you insight into why building such a magnificent place costs so much.

Plan Your Visit to the Getty Center & Museum

Things to Do

The Getty Center & Museum offers a variety of activities to engage visitors in its world-class collections and stunning architecture. Begin your adventure at the Lower Tram Station, which transports you to the Getty Center's hilltop. There awaits a treasure trove of Medieval to Modern art for all visitors! Make sure to explore every nook and cranny - from enjoying breathtaking views in the Museum Courtyard, admiring ever-changing exhibitions, or visiting its living work of art –the Central Garden. And don't forget an unforgettable souvenir from your journey with a visit to the Getty Museum Store!

Art on View

Immerse in centuries of art from the 1400s to the modern day at the Getty Museum galleries. Revel in iconic paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts with changing displays that promise something new every visit. Experience spacious and bright gallery pavilions to discover hidden gems! Do check with staff members at Information Desk for updates on temporary closures before your arrival due to unforeseen circumstances.


Architecture Building

Revel in breathtaking views and wide-open spaces at the Getty Center! Sitting atop Los Angeles, it's been designed by architect Richard Meier to emphasize both urbanity and nature. Experience modern architecture, lush gardens, and picturesque terrains - all with a stunning backdrop of the cityscape below. 


Embrace the peace and tranquility of the Getty Center Gardens - four gardens with an outdoor sculpture terrace to relax, unwind and appreciate nature. With each visit boasting diverse sights, sounds, and smells, a trip here will always be exciting. The ever-changing Central Garden is crafted as an artistic masterpiece during every season. Explore these unique spaces: Cactus Garden; Lower Terrace Sculpture Garden; The Fran & Ray Stark Sculpture Terrace; Fran & Ray Stark Sculpture Garden.

Food & Drink

Enjoy the Santa Monica Mountains' spectacular views with a memorable dining experience at Garden Tea, Garden Terrace Cafe, Museum Courtyard Coffee Cart, and Grove Coffee Cart! You can also bring your own picnic baskets and drinks and enjoy them on one of their gorgeous lawns next to Central Gardens or the nearby terrace. Just remember coolers larger than 11 x 17 x 8 inches can't be taken into galleries, but you can check them in at Coat Check before going inside. Bon appetit!


Explore the carefully curated European-inspired books, jewelry, and unique gifts available only at the Getty Museum Store. You're sure to find something special among their exclusive items, from toys to postcards! Visit us in person or shop online anytime. No matter how you explore, we've got what you need for your next cultural adventure.

Parking & Transportation

Ticket Machine

They offer same-day parking at the Getty Center and Museum for $20 per car or motorcycle, and the price drops to $15 after 3pm. Parking is even lower on Saturday evenings and other special events of just $10 from 6 pm onward! Don't feel like driving? No problem: you can also ride your bike, get dropped off by someone else, or take a rideshare.

Reserve Entry Time

A unique chance awaits you and your family at the Getty Center with free admission to all exhibits! This is a fantastic way for young and old alike to explore art, architecture, and nature. With an abundance of artwork on show and picturesque hiking trails that offer stunning views of LA's landscape, there is something for everyone at the museum. Whether a tourist or a local, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Getty Center & Museum while in the Los Angeles area. And, if you’re looking for other adventures, check out these hiking trails to the Hollywood Sign.

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