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Spectacular museum boasts a most impressive collection by such luminaries as Van Gogh, Monet and Cezanne, along with the architectural triumph of its six buildings and gardens.

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Research Library: (310) 440-7390

The Restaurant: (310) 440-6810

Fax: (310) 440-7779

Group Reservations, Tours, Exhibitions, Art, Architecture, Gardens
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Brentwood, West Los Angeles
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J. Paul Getty Museum

J Paul Getty Museum (the Getty)

Getty Center

J. Paul Getty Trust


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Restaurant at the Getty Center

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Parking: Lot

Price Range : Above Average

Good for Kids: Yes


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Matthew R.



Amazing architecture, gardens and views. Bringing friends and family visiting from out-of-town is a must. The art collections themsevles are nice and I particularly love the French rooms and furniture. Nice cafe with decent selection of sandwhiches and salads. We avoid the crowds waiting for the trams and walk to the museum which is especially nice when the weather is beautiful.

Chelsea W.



I came in search of Christian art on Holy Thursday and found some high above the 405 parking lot.

I'll say it now: I'm hopelessly biased toward the Huntington, but it cannot be denied that the Getty has the more extensive and wide-reaching collection and the better views. This sidetrip was, without a doubt, far superior to class. But it's just so freaking busy! There's no such thing as quietly pondering the interplay of light, shadow, and subject when you're stepping on busloads of kids and listening to 30 foreign languages a minute.

The museum is famous for its labyrinth, but in reality the whole place is just one big labyrinth, designed to allow the visitor to completely lose himself in a raptured state of mind. It's an island of white travertine rising above a sea of scrub brush on an LA mountaintop, and indeed stepping off of the tram and into its massive courtyard does elevate the spirit a bit. And there are more than a few steps to climb. And yet for all the effort everywhere you turn you find something beautiful, something thought-provoking, or something just plain strange (for this last point that's usually the architecture of the place itself.)

For the benefit of the uninitiated, there are several galleries each covering a swath of history, ranging from before 1700 to the present day, as well as a selection of photographic works and furniture. Hand illuminated Byzantine Bibles, stained glass, and holy ornaments are to be found in one, while furniture, romantic portraiture, and landscapes are to be found in another. A "terrace" containing a deceptively large selection of photographic art (including a lovely Ansel Adams exhibit) is also to be found hidden off of the main cafe deck. And everywhere you look there seems to be a view - whether it's a gorgeous vista or a precious work of art.

They have a wide array of food and drink to offer, including wines and beers. But because of the impossible lines that proliferated at all hours of the day (and the fact that I prefer to enjoy my artwork while sober) I did not partake and therefore cannot comment on their quality.

The scope of the complex is positively massive, befitting the extensive collection of art that resides within. An intriguing blend of modern architectural sensibilities and eons old stone, for what it lacks in comforting welcoming quality it more than makes up for in distinction and energy. Like any great gallery, the Getty invites a spirit of adventure and exploration. It may at times feel a little sterile, and the surroundings a bit spartan for some of the more opulent and religious artwork contained within the collection, but its breadth and the promise of more discoveries around the corner make that shortcoming an easy one to overlook.

The crowds, however, are insane. Even on a Thursday. You have been warned.



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A wonder experience

so many great things about the Getty center. But I believe the best is the view and the garden!

Jacek D.


Stunning views and simple truths

LA's art scene is not like anywhere else. It does not thrive in backyards or ruins. Instead it loves to sit right on top of things. This is where the "Getty Center" fits just perfectly. Take a walk from the parking lot to the museum instead of taking the train to make the transition from "down there" smoother. Because once you are on top you'll find yourself in architecture wonderland.

The collection is so-so, the photography exhibitions are excellent and the view is stunning.



Love this place. Take all out...

Love this place. Take all out-of-town guests here. Nice place to have lunch outside overlooking a LA canyon and view. Cafeteria is quite good, with gourmet faire and real plates/silverware.

Jackson Lee 714


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One of the best kept secret in LA

I don't like art, museums, or for that matter LA. But this place takes you away from the bustling smog ridding freeways, and makes you forget that you're in LA, and gives you a new perspective on the fine art of well Art. Note: you'll have to have a little patience, a sense of relaxation, and time to take in the history of the art that's populating the Getty Center. This is definitely a place to visit in ones lifetime, just don't forget to read up on J. Paul Getty's life before you go. The bad part about this Odyssey is when its time to go back to reality, LA that is.

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