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 ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 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 ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 2Aug 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.
- The Getty CenterMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Oct 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.
- The Getty CenterMember ofBudget TravelersFamily TravelersStudents+ 3Aug 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.
- The Getty CenterMember ofBudget TravelersFoodiesWellness+ 1Jul 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!
- The Getty CenterMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury TravelersMay 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.Recommended for:Family Travelers
- The Getty CenterMay 23, 2013
Summary: The Getty Center is Beautiful. All of the stuff on display is ok, but I think the best part is the Getty Center itself. I feel like they really need to revamp what's on display.
Parking: Parking isn't cheap here and all 3 times ive been here it has taken a while to get parking
- The Getty CenterMay 22, 2013
YES! This is a must do if you love museums, if you love Incredible Architecture, if you love Gorgeous Views, great place for Lunch, ADMISSION IS FREE! at Both Getty's; the Villa along PCH and the Getty Center in Brentwood, parking costs $15. Both are minutes from the cottage