The Getty

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1200 Getty Center Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90049

34.079042, -118.475149

(310) 440-7300

Dog-Friendly: No    Kid-Friendly: Yes

Website // Admission: Free


About the Getty

The Getty is a gorgeous and impressive $1.3 billion art museum located in  Los Angeles. It is beloved not only for its massive collection of art but also the architecture, gardens and beautiful views over-looking LA.

The Getty features pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts; and 19th- and 20th-century American, Asian, and European photographs.

Before being turned into the museum it is today, the collection began as a private collection of J. Paul Getty. As his collection grew, his home continued to be expanded.

After Getty’s death in 1976, the entire property was turned over to the Getty Trust for museum purposes. Getty made his wealth in the oil industry. It’s always nice when a billionaire gives back to his community in a way such as this. Afterall, the museum is free to the public!


While you’re in the area, make sure to visit Murphy’s Ranch!

The Garden

For you garden lovers out there, I am sure you will appreciate the Getty garden here. It is a 134,000 sq. foot space and the work of artist Robert Irwin. Water is a central theme in the garden with fountains flowing as well as streams throughout.

After the original design, an outdoor sculpture garden, called the “Lower Terrace Garden” was added in 2007 on the west side of the central garden just below the scholar’s wing of the GRI building.

Personal Experience

If you are an art-lover then this is an obvious must-visit spot. This is like Balboa’s art museum on steroids. Endless halls and rooms of exquisite artwork and a beautiful garden to boot! All the white marble reflects the sun making it incredibly bright and hot. They offer umbrellas for protection from the sun which I thought was nice.

The view is gorgeous!  Smog and all:

The garden:

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