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The Getty Center, Los Angeles

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Explore the impressive collection of pre-20th-century European art that fills the rooms of The Getty Center. Nestled in the hills overlooking Los Angeles, the six-building complex, notable for its new-age architecture and expanse of landscaped gardens, features exhibits of 19th- and 20th-century photographs, sculptures, and paintings. Take your time wandering through the museum’s sculpture garden, or have your picture taken with Van Gogh’s "Irises." Pack a picnic to have in the gardens while taking in a panoramic view of the city. While admission to the center is free, you must pay to park a car. Put The Getty Center at the forefront of your travel plans using our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker site .
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  • the Museum dominates the upscale neighborhood of Bel Air, across Interstate 405, which crosses from North to South.
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  • The Getty Center has a fantastic art collection, and also a great view of LA. I was surprised to find out that parking is not close to the museum: you must take a tram from the parking lot to get to t...  more »
  • The Getty Center is simply breathtaking, both inside and out. It constantly has outstanding special exhibitions and the permanent collection has many great pieces. (I'm rather partial to their illumin...  more »
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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%.
  • 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.

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