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The Getty Center
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Ranked #1 of 554 things to do in Los Angeles
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Do not miss this site!”
Reviewed February 8, 2013

A tram takes you up to the top of a mountain and you are greeted by an architectrual gem and a breathtaking view of the entire Los Angeles area. If that is not enough, the museum contains an eclectic group of world-famous paintings.

Visited January 2013
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“Worth a visit even if you aren't that interested in art!”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

The Getty Centre is an amazing building situated atop a hill (reached by a free tram that goes up and down every few minutes). The grounds are beautiful and well-manicured and there is a fabulous view across LA. The entry is free so there is nothing to lose! We caught a bus from Hollywood which took about an hour. Parking is $15.

Visited December 2012
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Fordingbridge, United Kingdom
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“A 'must' for art lovers and 'well worth a visit' for everyone.”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

This is an amazing place, the architecture, the facilities and the organisation are world class. I recommend that, rather than get directly on to the tram to the main complex (runs every 4 minutes and takes 2 minutes), it's well worth going directly into the Fran and Ray Stark sculpture garden where the first thing you see is Henry Moore's large 'Bronze form' , keep going... all the way down to the left, via works by others (including Miro), to find Moore's 'Draped reclining mother and baby'. This sets you up nicely for what is to come. I then went and had a cup of tea on the immaculately maintained terrace by the restaurant in front of the main complex, sitting quietly under manicured ornamental trees taking in the architecture and tone. Then I went round all 4 'wings' of the main complex, East/North/South/West, and the quality of the exhibits is outstanding. Just a list says it all: Gainsborough, Degas, Turner, Millet, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh. All well presented in beautiful viewing galleries. I was there midday on a Tuesday and it didn't seem busy although the 7 levels of parking were nearly full! Highly recommend going here and taking your time. I took 2 hours but could easily have taken 3!

Visited February 2013
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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Excellent”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

Taxi ride from downtown is 60 dollars. Make a whole day out of this. Read about this before you go and that will help a lot.

Visited January 2013
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“Spectacular architecture and grounds”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

We consider ourselves museum snobs, and visited the Getty late in the day after traveling for ten hours, on a cloudy day in January, and were blown away. Can't say enough about the architecture and the gardens - it's really sublime.

The whole thing is put together magnificently. It flows well and has some very fine pieces (it's no Prado, and French art is really overrepresented, but it's still pretty new). But the integration of the geography and the museum is, in my experience, unparalleled. I was as impressed as I was when I first saw the musee d'orsay.

Visited January 2013
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