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The Getty Center
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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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Reviewed July 29, 2013

There are thousands of reviews extolling the beauty of the Getty architecture and exhibits. As a near-by resident, I second them all. However, if at all possible, try to visit right after a rainstorm (pretty seldom around here) or after a period of high winds. The panorama of the L.A. basin from the ocean to the mountains will be spectacular. Otherwise, its the usual "disappearing into the haze" limited views.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

The buildings are stunning art works themselves; the gardens are magnificent. Then there is the art. The Getty has amassed a world class collection from many genres and has special exhibitions as well. You could easily spend a day here enjoying works from medieval illustrated manuscripts to modern photography. Check online to see what special events take place from curator talks to evening concerts. Even if you don't necessarily like art museums, this one is a must on your L.A. itinerary.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

For art lovers, you need more than one visit, but by concentrating on art work of your interest, one day is sufficient. It is free to visit, but I think they have began to charge $5 for parking? On the weekend it is advisable to make a reservation due to limited parking.
There is a casual restaurant with surprisingly good food, nice early dinner spot with city view, if weather permits and lovely gardens to relax in. The cactus garden is very unusual. My favorite is French Impressionistic paintings, remember to read what it took to build this amazing structure.
On another outing make your way to Malibu Coast and visit the original Getty Villa off Pacific Coast Highway. Mostly Roman artifacts and statues!

Thank bento2744
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

The art exhibits are mediocre, but the facility itself is gorgeous. The best part of the Getty is the grounds and the view. They allow you to carry in bags, so pack a picnic (with wine) and enjoy the soft grass and gorgeous view.

Thank Brian C
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Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

it has gorgeous things to look at including garden, architecture, and view. but you'll be done in 3 hrs tops. so best to plan to visit in morning then go elsewhere. (Malibu, beach, Santa Monica, etc.)

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