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The Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049-1666

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4.5 out of 5
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    Tanya Hooper
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    5 Oct 09, 2013

    Beautiful place for a day out. The grounds are really beautiful and the collection is nice too. The drive up is also pretty amazing!

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    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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    Wanugee
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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).

    Recommended for:History Buffs
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    Travis Katz
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    5 Aug 19, 2013

    One of the coolest spots in L.A., the Getty Center sits up on a hill in west LA with views to the ocean. Even if you don't go inside the museum, it is worth the trip - the gardens are fantastic for strolling or laying in the grass to read a book. The architecture is stunning. All in all an amazing spot.

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  • The Getty Center
    Connie Pistilli
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    5 Oct 06, 2013

    The Getty is a stunning museum and not to be missed (especially if you're a UCLA student - it's so close and it's FREE!). You can take the Big Blue Bus straight to the museum if you don't want to deal with parking. When riding the tram up to the Center, make sure you face out so that you can take in the breathtaking view. Bring a picnic lunch or make reservations at The Restaurant. The modern garden is beautifully landscaped and like a little maze. You definitely forget that you are in the hustle and bustle of LA and can imagine being somewhere in Europe. Then you look out at the skyline and see the brown smog and traffic on the 405 below and remember, yes, this is why I love LA.

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    Emon Tjokro
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    5 Aug 19, 2013

    One of the greatest museum in the world. Their collections were amazing and their garden was magnificent! I always enjoy coming here every time.

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    esther lee
    4 Jul 16, 2013

    One of my favorite museums! Parking is about $15 but the admission is free! Can't hate that. They have beautiful pieces and the scenery is absolutely breathtaking.

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    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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    Marsha
    4 May 28, 2013

    Beautiful views and gardens. The collection is just OK. Nice restaurant and place to have lunch. Admission: Free

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    5 May 28, 2013

    Maximize your time at the Getty by visiting on a Friday or Saturday, when this sprawling hillside art complex is open late—allowing you to take in sunset views. The light-filled museum interiors display an impressive collection of European and American art including Vincent van Gogh’s famous Irises. Debbie Dubrow of the family travel blog Delicious Baby recommends the Family Room’s interactive exhibits, giant illuminated manuscripts, and an art treasure hunt. “And whenever you need a break, just pop outside to the Getty’s fabulous gardens,” she says. While parking is admittedly expensive ($15), the Getty is also accessible by public transit.

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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 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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