The Getty Center
The Getty Center
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10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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The Getty Center in Los Angeles is an astounding place to spend a day marveling at world-class art and relaxing in beautifully manicured gardens. Take the tram up to this lavish postmodern complex, which houses a sprawling museum featuring masterpieces by the likes of Van Gogh, Monet, and Cezanne. You can also enjoy superb views of the city from the Cactus Garden, and savor a delicious contemporary menu at the center's restaurant. You can visit the complex for free, though there is a parking fee. To skip the lines, book a museum tour to delve deeper into the art with the help of a knowledgeable guide. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Dutch Brother
    Boston, Massachusetts552 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    must see art museum
    This was my first visit (hadn't been in Los Angeles since it was built) and everyone told me I had to go. They were right. You have to go. It has an excellent collection in a modern set of buildings (they call them pavilions) that are art themselves. All atop a hilltop setting with great views if not fogged in (which it was the day we went). The collection covers from Medieval to modern and everything in between. Mainly well known masters. The average quality of the art and sculpture (lots of it) is excellent. Because the collection is spread among five buildings, it doesn't seem overwhelming, but it adds up to a good-sized collection. It took up almost two hours to see it all, and we were moving along. Admission is free but parking is $20. You take a tram from the parking area to the museum. If you can get someone to drop you off at the parking lot, then it is free. There were lots of school groups getting dropped off by bus. I can see why. What an experience. There is a cafe although we didn't visit it. Just a great experience.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 27, 2023
  • Mamjensen
    Modesto, California620 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Museum!
    We went to the Getty center on a busy Saturday. Although there were a lot of people there, we never felt that it was crowded. They have an excellent collection of art from various different eras. While they don’t have as many actual examples of each artist, they do have a representative collection of high-quality art. In addition, the facility itself is an artwork. The architecture is inspiring and the views are great from up there. We also had lunch in one of their cafés, and the food was very good though expensive. It was a great way to spend the better part of the day.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 4, 2023
  • Momhas4boyz
    Cupertino, California26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fablous Venue, Highly Recommend Docent Tours
    We underestimated how much time we would spend here. This place is big and there is ALOT to see. We took a highlights tour which gave us a brief overview of what this place offers. I highly recommend. We also took an Architecture tour. The docent who gave this tour, Clarence Timberlake was exceptional! So well informed with lots of facts, very engaging with a sense of humor. Just A+. We spent 4 hours here just touching the surface of what this center has to offer. Overall, we had a great time with fabulous docent tours, killer views of the LA area and a nice lunch. Can't beat the admission price - FREE! Highly recommend.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 17, 2023
  • CathGo20
    West Hartford, Connecticut281 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful and Pleasing Mountaintop Experience Goes Beyond the Amazing Art
    The Getty Museum is a beautiful place to spend a day. Everything about it is pleasing from the tram ride up the mountain from the parking lot, to the extensive mountain top campus, with its thoughtful layout of buildings, so that there are natural views in all directions enhanced with beautiful gardens and water fountains and glass entrances that smooth the transitions in and out of the museum spaces. Then there is the amazing collection of artwork laid out in an accessible and well marked format with seating sprinkled along the pathways through the galleries. Add free tours by knowledgeable docents, some simple but satisfying food options and plenty of open spaces. It is much more than a museum as it doubles as a large public park. Leave plenty of time for exploring the campus!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 24, 2023
  • TFAtravel
    Chicago, Illinois429 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top of the list on any visit to LA
    Stunning. Absolutely stunning. The art is mostly from the 15th and 16th Century - not my thing, but impressive. The grounds presented in stark white, overlooking the city. The highlight were the gardens. If you don's do anything else in LA on a visit, DO THIS.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 25, 2023
  • recorder
    Pineville, Missouri1,905 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Carve out more time
    One really needs a full half day just to scratch the surface here. The buildings and grounds are worth a visit themselves. The view is worth the price of admission (even if there was one) . And the art is enough to keep you occupied for hours. We didn't wind up with enough time and that is too bad. We saw a lot, but not enough
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Susan E
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania1,069 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Second visit but I’m sure not my last.
    Parking is $20 but can get it validated to use at the Getty Villa, they don’t make it easy to get it validated, you have to go to the parking office. Free entry. Nice restaurants in a magnificent setting. The variety of art and the way it all is displayed is really stunning. $20 but can get it validated to use at the Getty Villa, they don’t make it easy to get it validated, you have to go to the parking office. Free entry. Nice restaurants in a magnificent setting. The variety of art and the way it all is displayed is really stunning.
    Visited September 2022
    Written August 14, 2023
  • Robbert L
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands2,221 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular!
    Just one word: spectacular! The museum itself is an architectural wonder. The views from the balconies over LA are magnificent. The collection is stunning. Rembrandt van Gogh Rubens Goya Breughel Hals Steen Van Dijck Monet Manet Degas Renoir Sisley Potter Ruysdael Cezanne. And many more. Amazing. Absolutely recommended.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 19, 2023
  • MCK
    3,248 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is definitely worth seeing!
    If you are in LA, The Getty Center is a must do landmark site to see. My only advise if you don't like crowds is to make weekday opening 10:00 a.m. free reservation online. Just note: the only way to get up to the center is by tram and the parking is $20. I had made 10:00 a.m. reservations on a Saturday. The crowds hadn't started swarming in yet, so it was peaceful, but by the time we left is was packed. There is a lot to see and experience. The tram ride was nice, beautiful views. Once inside the center, get a map and start exploring. My friend and I went through every building with rooms and we toured the outside grounds. It took us about 3 hours. It is definitely worth seeing!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 21, 2023
  • startwiththeendinmin
    Calgary, Canada269 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb
    Superb Location provides the most magnificent views of LA, the mountains and the Pacific. Architecture is stunning and garden is wonderful. Took the garden tour and will never look at a garden the same way again. Museum contains lots of stunning art and provides for more excellent views as your tour Not open Mondays. Entry free, parking $20 but can be validated if your tour the villa (closed on Tuesday).
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 23, 2023
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TweedleDee
Huntsville, AL396 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This place really is super nice. Beautifully built, lots of marble, beautiful gardens, lots of great art, etc. The only downsides were that one they advertise it is "free" yet it cost $20 to park but even at $20 it is still a worthy visit. The place really is huge with multiple buildings and display so it does take several hours to see it all. Which of course means you will probably get something to eat which once again means be prepared as it won't be cheap.
The artwork and most of the exhibits were excellent, we were there while the Michael Angelo exhibit was going and it was mostly his small sketches that he did preparing to do a painting or sculpture, what I found most interesting is learning how he approached his work and his history.
There was also a photography exhibit that was a joke. How someone tagged many of these photos as being worthy of an art museum is beyond me. There was a picture of a giraffe that has been taken by school kids every day about 1000 times. There were multiple pictures, from expired canisters of film, that were literally nothing more than a white spot or black spot. There was a picture of a woman sitting in front of a TV, one of a plastic dog in a Chinese restaurant and one that was a photographer's self-portrait that was out of focus and red! They were ridiculous and a waste of time. I have seen better photography on Facebook!
But overall, excellent place and worthy of a visit.
Written March 17, 2020
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Bruce M
Athens, Georgia, United States33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Getty is wonderful Museum/Gallery. Go on the website to see what they offer. We saw the Manet exhibit. The entry is free, so if you get dropped off just enter the garage and take the elevator to the tram. If you drive: park your car in the Garage, pay $20 at one of the parking kiosks (You can pay before you take the tram up or after you come back,) then take the tram up to the best Art Museum you will ever see, and I have visited quite a few. Reminder: Check out the website before you go, and take several hours to enjoy. They have some refreshments for sale in the courtyard. Some folks took picnic lunches to enjoy on the expansive lawns.
Written December 31, 2019
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Patricia M
United States21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
If the views out to the ocean, the stunning architecture and the gorgeous flowers and plant life are not enough to feed your soul, don't worry. There is an art exhibit for everyone! No matter what type of art or art history that you appreciate, you are likely to find one instillation at speaks to you. Don't miss. Just be certain to make a reservation because only a certain # of visitors are allowed per day.
Written January 9, 2020
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Mohammad Qutishat
Amman, Jordan2,216 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It is one of a kind, amazing museums containing beautiful art exhibits from different parts of the world, and the buildings have a really nice design which makes them an art piece on their own.
The mesmerizing garden is truly overwhelming, and when you hear the story about how it was designed you will be even more amazed, so make sure to catch the tour.
The Getty sits on a high hill, and it has a breathtaking view over Los Angeles.
You can enjoy all of that for free and reasonable parking fees.
It is an experience unlike any other, truly a hidden gem, very highly recommend it, don’t miss it and make sure you have enough time to see all of the museums, wander around in the garden and enjoy the view.
Written December 11, 2020
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phvi2617
Anaheim, CA565 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The Getty Center is a terrific showcase of great art and architecture. The collections mostly focus on European paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts before 1900. They also have an impressive collection of manuscripts from the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Although the Getty is not an encyclopedic museum, there is certainly plenty of art to enjoy.

Equally impressive is the overall campus, which features contemporary architecture, beautiful gardens, and stunning views of Los Angeles and the coast. Entry is free, though parking is $20 ($10 after 6 PM). They have a very nice (though pricey) cafeteria, a full-service restaurant, and a couple coffee carts in the courtyard.

It's easy to spend several hours here if you're so inclined. Since it is very popular, it is best to get there early to get a decent parking spot and avoid crowds, especially on weekends.
Written January 3, 2020
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alexisrachelletx
Nashville, TN1,631 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I'd never been to the Getty Center before I visited it this past weekend when visiting LA with my husband and my brother. While I enjoyed the visit, I don't recommend going on a weekend if you can help it. Here's the situation: the museum is free to visit, but you pay $20 to park (same as Getty Villa). This is fine, except even parking is a chore. It took us about 20 minutes to be able to pull into the parking garage in the afternoon on a Saturday. Then there's a tram that will take you up the hill to the Getty Center. The line for this was insane, so we decided to walk up ourselves. If you're able, I suggest this on busy days: it's a bit steep but pretty and not very long (maybe 10-15 minutes). Once we got up there, we realized that many people come more for the grounds than the museum! Many families had brought picnics with them and set up on the grass with the view of LA in front of them. Smart idea. The grounds and the buildings are beautiful. I wasn't terribly impressed by the collection though. If the museum has any art from 1875 on (except for that in a small temporary exhibition), I must have missed it. The collection wasn't terribly varied and just wasn't my cup of tea, really. The highlights of the museum for me were the temporary exhibitions: "Unseen: 35 Years of Collecting Photographs" and "Kathe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, and Politics"! But I didn't love the museum's permanent collection. It's very crowded and busy on weekends, which doesn't make it the most pleasant place to visit. I'd say the grounds and building are lovely though. If you're visiting LA and only have time for the Getty Villa or the Getty Center, I'm Team Getty Villa all the way.
Written February 19, 2020
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tenisforus
Williamsburg, VA28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We had an all too brief visit of the wonderful art. The architecture is outstanding. We went after 3pm and the parking is reduced to $15. It is $25 before. The museum is free with an audio iPod tour. If you go late you will see an incredible sunset. The views are out standing.
Written February 7, 2020
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Badger Traveler
Madison, WI184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
I've visited L.A. many times, seeing the Getty center from the 405 and always wanted to visit. This time, I made it happen and so glad I did. The grounds are gorgeous, the views are spectacular, and the art inspiring. The tram from parking up to the museum is a fun way to start the day. We did find the buildings a little confusing to navigate because we wanted to visit specific displays before the crowds arrived. Kudos for keeping this museum free (other than the big city price to park). You can also get the normal packaged sandwiches, salads, chips, cookies, etc. at the cafes. Choose to eat early or late to avoid long lines. The cafes are not set up for quick service, but rather in a single-threaded line no matter what you want. It didn't seem to be super busy yet it took 20 minutes to get through the line, select our items, and pay. TIP: If you go to the Getty Villa too, you can get a free parking coupon before you leave the Center. A recent study shows that museum, concert, and art center visits increases hour longevity!
Written January 5, 2020
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leigh732 Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA53 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Yes, the views are beautiful, but you can get the same views from many other easier to get to locations.

Yes, the collection is renowned....but the galleries are poorly designed, in my humble opinion. That's why I'm only rating The Getty Center as average...it's the poor gallery design does not complement the actual collection.

The Getty Villa in Malibu is better, featuring the antiquities collection, or of course visit the renowned LA County Museum of Art (LACMA), Broad Museum or Museum of Contemporary art (MOCA), all of which I'd rate higher the The Getty Center.
Written January 5, 2020
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Joseph A
Warren, NJ122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We came to a conference in LA, had a day to look around, never saw the Getty before so we went by Uber. What an amazing place! No entrance charges and a recorded audio tour was gratis (but we needed to leave a driver's license as security- but not a problem). The weather was perfect, the grounds are out of this world wonderful! The buildings , nestled into the hills are spectacular, pleasing to the eye and aesthetics, and integrated well indeed. Upon arrival in the drop off center we saw the first of the sculpture gardens. We then took the tram to the main building complex. The steps had a Maillol sculpture (outstanding), and heralded the further enjoyment. The various buildings housed various collections and everything produced and indoor-outdoor synthesis. We loved the European paintings especially the impressionists. The other Paintings were likewise enjoyable. We also enjoyed the pastels collections and Michelangelo drawings (in a different building. The gardens were spectacular and designed with extraordinary care. Many visitors were stretched out on the lawns enjoying the sun, the sights and picnics. The staff (many volunteers) were very friendly and helpful. A second sculpture garden also showed two Maillol pieces as well as from Moore. from the garden we found a spectacular view of LA from the the high hills vantage. We came early on Saturday, and spent over 5 hours, by which time the number of visitors increased. We could easily have spent the whole day, and we definitely plan to return again.
Written February 29, 2020
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