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The Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049-1666
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  • The Getty CenterPro 2014
    Jason L
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    5 Jul 12, 2013

    I can't help but think of my high school Physics teacher/ Swim coach when I heard the word "Getty". He was known for his no BS swimming practices and his funny physics problems involving monkeys, because monkeys are funny. No relation to my knowledge. Back to the review...

    I am not much of an art fan, but dang! How can you not like this place? This location is on a hill top far far above or around the smog. There is a crazy garden that reminds me of a puzzle maze or Alice in Wonderland. The best thing about this experience is its FREE!! Of course nothing is truly free.. there is a charge $10 bucks for parking. Feel free to load up your van or carpool with many people. The view is as beautiful as LA is to you. Not the same as the Hong Kong, New York, or San Francisco view. Still worth seeing. I recommend taking guest from out of town here as part of your LA tour and hit up Pink's, that's a given.

    I don't understand the art sculptures or paintings, but it worth it to take a camera (flash off) to take a few pictures. It is amazing work. I've never seen such detail. At least take funny pictures if you get bored and enjoy the free A/C. You may want to bring a snack, because you might stay a while and cafeteria food can get pricey. The fun part is the tram that brings you up the mountain side. Take pictures and bring a date!

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  • The Getty CenterPro 2014
    Richard
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    5 Apr 02, 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.

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    Andrea L
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    5 Mar 24, 2014

    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.

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  • The Getty CenterPro 2014
    Verlisia
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    5 Nov 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)

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  • The Getty CenterPro 2014
    John Abdou
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    5 Aug 19, 2013

    Maybe the best museum in Southern California. Always has great exhibits that range in variety from around the world. The garden is a great place to relax and enjoy the views of LA as well. They offer a summer series of out door evening concerts that will not disappoint. It's a worthwhile experience.

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  • The Getty CenterPro 2014
    Susan Lee
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    This is a great place to spend half a day without spending too much. There is no admission fee, but just a parking fee of $8-10 per car. The museum is impressive both inside and out. The inside has an extensive art collection which covers all time periods. The water fountain and gardens in the outside of the museum are a great place to enjoy some sun.

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    Yulree Chun "@GogobotLA"
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    5 Jun 23, 2012
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    5 Jun 17, 2014
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    5 Oct 19, 2013
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    Vanessa Rodriguez
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    5 Feb 07, 2014
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  • The Getty CenterPro 2014
    Mary Q.
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    4 Feb 26, 2013

    Between the beautiful architecture, artwork, landscaping, and view of LA, you've got yourself a wonderful sightseeing package by visiting the Getty. They often host events here, such as College Night for local students, which is a lot of fun! The tram offers a nice view out over UCLA and towards downtown. Great place to spend a day relaxing, exploring, or even getting some work done in a serene environment.

    The only downside (as is much of the case in LA) is parking, which they charge for. You can opt to park in Westwood and take a bus over or get dropped off, otherwise there is no other choice. Granted, since the museum is free, paying for parking is a mild fee compared to many other venues. Don't forget to make a trip out to Malibu to the Getty Villa as well!

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  • The Getty Center
    Kelly Lees
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    4 Oct 14, 2012
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  • The Getty CenterAmbassadorPro 2014
    michere
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    4 Jan 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.

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    4 Aug 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).

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    3 Oct 31, 2013
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    Rachel E.
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    5 Jul 14, 2014

    Excellent museum housing European art from many different eras. Lots of highlights, many are little known gems. The architecture is amazing as well as the lush gardens. The museum itself is free including the excellent multimedia iPod guides and any walking tours they offer. The terrace cafe offers fresh salads and sandwiches with a gorgeous view. Parking is $15 but you can also get a voucher for the ticket to count for parking at the Getty Villa as well.

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    Manuelle and Larry
    5 Jun 10, 2014

    The views, the art collections, the wonderful cafeteria with its outdoor patio and great food, and the wonderful upscale restaurant -The Restaurant at the Getty. The Restaurant has a wonderful 3-course prix-fixe menu under $50 that is well worth the money, $65 with wine pairing - reserve a table by the window and book early!
    Museum admission is free, parking is $15.

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    Danny Nguyễn
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    5 Jun 05, 2014

    Admission to the Getty Center is free! The only thing you have to pay for is $15 parking. The parking structure has plenty of levels for parking so you just got to be patient and drive around in circles a few minutes. Once you get out of your car and head to the elevator, it takes you to the tram. The tram is also free, which takes you up to the Getty Center. Once you're there, you're free to roam around and check out the beautiful art and take in the scenery of Los Angeles. This is a great place to take a date and just wander around and take pictures.

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    4 Jun 01, 2014

    One of the most beautiful views of all of L.A. Free parking, great train ride. A nice trip for a relaxed afternoon.

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4.5 out of 5
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The Getty Center is without question one of Los Angeles’ top museums. Its mountain top location and unique architecture make it a sight to behold even before entering its world-class galleries and exhibits. Feast your eyes on works by Rembrandt, Van Gogh and countless other artistic luminaries from past and present. If the buildings and the art aren’t enough, step out into a stunning garden ... read more
complex replete with diverse regional species and water features. The view of Los Angeles from the Getty gardens can’t be beaten! In addition to the art and location, the Getty offers excellent dining options in the form of a modern cafeteria.

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