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“Views, Architecture & History”
Review of The Getty Center

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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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Austin, Texas
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“Views, Architecture & History”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

You can't beat this LA attraction. It's free, has beautiful views of the city, as well as interesting exhibits and exquisite grounds. It's easy to spend a day at the Getty, exploring the gardens and exhibits. Of particular note is the current Overdrive exhibit showing how LA prepared for the future, displaying various architectural and infrastructure plans, e.g., plans for LAX, highway systems, and Disneyland! This was by far the most impressive exhibit at the museum on my visit. Granted, I did not get a chance to explore all the exhibits throughout the building because I spent much of my time admiring the beautifully landscaped gardens. Definitely a great visit for the family. Although parking is $15, if you visit the Getty Villa on the same day (which requires tickets ahead of time, but still free), you can park at both venues for a single $15 fee.

Visited May 2013
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Santa Fe, NM
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“If the art doesn't grab you, the Garden will”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

The joy of being at the Getty Center, for me, is in large part just being at the Getty Center. The buildings seem delightfully whimsical at times - odd views from crazy viewpoints are magical - At other times - a massive wall of stone evokes power and medieval towers. The Gardens have grown into art pieces.
A fabulous day to spend a day - viewing the world from the castle walls.

Visited May 2013
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

This is a really wonderful place to visit.... An amazing venue in a very beautiful spot and absolutely full of wonderful exhibitions. The gardens are also amazing and it is important to give yourself plenty of time to do it justice! Wouldn't have missed it above all attractions in the area.

Visited June 2012
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New Zealand
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“Interesting day in LA”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

On a hill near Santa Monica The Getty Centre is a great place to visit. Its free but costs $15 to park. You get there via a monorail from the carpark at the bottom of the hill. Outside the architecture is amazing. The gardens and sculptures are worth visiting. Inside there is a wide array of exhibitions. Depending on your interest you can spend many hours in the galleries. There are some classics (Monet, Cezanne etc), and works of many lesser known artists and photographers. Of great interest to us was a temporary exhibtion on the architecture of LA over the past 100 years.
When you get hungry there is a cafe with a huge range of foods and a more formal restaurant, both with amazing views.

Visited April 2013
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Staffordshire united Kingdom
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“Stunning Views”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

Spent a afternoon with my Son and his young Family the setting is pretty spectacular for Art lovers the changing exhibitions
are a must also it is the only place on my frequent visits to the USA that does not charge an entrance fee there is a $15 car
Parking charge well worth a visit

Visited May 2013
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