The Getty Center
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- 98%Art & Design Lovers
- 97%Family Travelers
- 69%History Buffs
- 68%Budget Travelers
- 64%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 63%Luxury Travelers
- 61%Adventure Travelers
Member Reviews (139)
- The Getty CenterMember ofVegetarianLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 6Apr 23, 2013
A beautiful place for visitors and locals alike. With free admission (although there is a charge for parking), it's hard to compare it to anything else.
Without even exploring the interiors and the artwork contained within, the exteriors and views can be quite breathtaking.
With a park like atmosphere, complete with water fountains and a cafe, it is the kind of place you could truly spend a whole day.
- The Getty CenterMember ofVegetarianLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 6Apr 04, 2013
In my opinion, two of the best reasons to visit the Getty are the architecture and the physical setting. The buildings are beautiful and so is the landscaping and the views. There are often some great temporary exhibitions, which is good because the permanent collection can be underwhelming. If you grab a bus or a hotel shuttle (some nearby hotels offer them for free), you will avoid the parking fee, which is the only charge for visiting. Have lunch in the cafe, where the food is good, or just grab a cookie (they're the best -- I used to work here and always had trouble staying away from them!).
- The Getty CenterAmbassadorMember ofVegetarianLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 9Jan 29, 2014
WOW! Funny story...My friend and I were driving at night for the first time to the Getty. We saw the winding grey "road" and thought we had to drive up that path. Thank Goodness we didn't!
Instead, a lovely tram ride took us there while we enjoyed the night view up to the Getty.
I studied architecture so it was truly an experience as we approached the building. I love that there is a panoramic view available and seating areas for people to sit around the exhibit buildings.
My favorite part was the impressionist portion and the photography. There was one documenting the graphic lives of soldiers. It was extremely moving.
As a designer I was so inspired to see the beautiful masterpieces here. So inspired that it gave me new ideas to try!
Thanks Getty! I'd say this is pretty good for a museum in the US.
- The Getty CenterMember ofVegetarianLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 11Aug 19, 2013
The Getty Museum is in a spectacular setting, with astounding architecture, and its own monorail to bring you up from the 7 story underground parking to the entrance. ($8). It's stunning white buildings and grounds are perhaps its best feature.
I enjoy museums, architecture and art, and have been fortunate to visit places like the Uffizi, D'Orsay, Reitberg, Van Gogh, British, Sistine Chapel, Art Institute, King Tut, National Museum of Australia and others. The Getty rivals all in its combination of architecture, setting, and collections. There are 4 main multi-storied Pavilions with a large entrance hall, forming a courtyard between them, and beautiful gardens.
The North Pavilion's plaza level is home to the museum's permanent collection of illuminated manuscripts and pottery, and the upper level houses pre and post renaissance paintings from the likes of Gentile, Mantegna and Titian, exemplified with his "Venus and Adonis".
The East Pavilion's plaza level houses sculptures and figures, as well as the permanent collection of Drawings, mostly from the 15th to 19th centuries. Upstairs you can find a Rembrandt painting, "Daniel and Cyrus Before the Idol Bel".
The South Pavilion's main floor has ornate French furniture from the 1700's, defined by the reign of Louis the 14th and his collection. Upstairs, you can find a renaissance painting by Bellotto, of Venice's Grand Canal.
The West pavilion has an eclectic combination of early photographs, sculptures, and paintings, including the highly prized "Irises" by the impressionist Van Gogh.
Due to the size of the Museum, It is helpful to rent the audio tour to get the most out of identifying and appreciating the history or nuances of most major pieces. If you really like art, and want to see everything, plan to be here awhile, but come early because they do close at 5pm.
(Plus you will be stuck in 405 freeway traffic!)
I would give this a 5 star like most, but it is my personal bias of the permanent collection that prevents it. The tastes of Getty's permanent collection is heavily toward pre-renaissance Christian art, furniture, manuscripts, and the like. I personally prefer post renaissance art, and artifacts of more antiquity, european or asian. So Getty misses my sweetspot of interest.
There was a long running brouhaha between the Italian Government and the Getty Museum (and 3 other US museums) from 2005 - 2007, where the Getty returned 40 ancient pieces, including 2 from 400 BC, to Italy. The former Getty curator was indicted and was to be tried in Italy and Greece, but this was recently resolved out of court (although she faces further criminal charges of working with stolen antiquities).Recommended for:History Buffs
- The Getty CenterMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Mar 07, 2014
Typical museums are not everyone's "cup of tea," unless there is something one really desires, target specific groups, or been forced to by a teacher to write a research paper about it. Getty Center is one of the few museums where it does not take a lot to make people come here, and they love it!
The museum is more famous for their garden and the magnificent view of L.A. Downtown than its actual artwork collection. The artwork is not on par with LACMA, but is still the second most extensive museum collection in Los Angeles.
The art collection was mostly from Europe in the renaissance. I prefer the diversity of LACMA because I can see Mayan, Ancient Egyptian, and other ancient civilization's artwork.
- The Getty CenterMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Nov 06, 2013
Picturesque architecture in a surreal atmosphere. The Getty Center has an seductive beauty that is almost out of this world.
The museum is huge and there is a lot to take in. Budget your time and prepare to spend (at least) a day here if you want to check out the exhibits. Don't made the same mistake I did. This is not a place you would want to rush through. Make sure you stay here to watch the sunset. The view was breathtaking.
If it is your first trip to LA, skip all the touristy spots and make time for Getty Center. It is unbelievable how such an amazing museum could be free. (You do need to pay for parking though)
- The Getty CenterMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsOct 22, 2013
Perched high up on a sculpted ridgeline north of the city (and reached via a mini-tramway!) the Getty Center is unparalleled for its architecture and natural setting. With great hilltop views over the Pacific and the sprawl of Los Angeles, the complex of rough-quarried white marble and surrounding gardens is nothing short of stunning. The museum's collection runs to European and American painting, sculpture, and photography, and it frequently plays host to outstanding travelling exhibitions; a Jacques Louis David retrospective I saw here in 2006 blew my mind.
- The Getty CenterOct 19, 2013
If you only have time for one museum during your visit to LA, consider picking this one. Art + awesome views of the West LA cityscape, especially at sunset, when the white Travertine marble of these modernist buildings glows with pastel colors. Admission is free if you come by bus, or pay for parking (no reservations needed). The museum's cafe with panoramic glass windows is not half bad, though it is pricey.
- The Getty CenterOct 17, 2013
I love free museums, and the Getty is one of those places that you just have to take advantage of. Aside from the fantastic exhibitions and phenomenal views, they put on "Saturdays Off the 405," an outdoor concert held every few weeks (also free) that features new or relatively unknown bands, cocktails, and food.