The J. Paul Getty Museum
Situated in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains off the 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass, the 110-acre Getty Center has attracted more than 20 million visitors since opening in December 1997.
Designed by architect Richard Meier, the Getty Center houses the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation.
The public aspects of the campus include the Getty Museum, featuring a collection of pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts, and photographs gathered from around the world, from the beginning of the medium to the present day. In addition, the Getty Research Institute gallery features items from its art and architecture archives. The Getty Center offers a full-service restaurant, two cafes, Museum stores, and talks and performances at the 450-seat multipurpose Harold M. Williams Auditorium.
Eighty-six acres of landscaped gardens and terraces, including the Central Garden designed by artist Robert Irwin, provide sweeping views of the Los Angeles basin, the mountains, the ocean, and the surrounding 600 acres preserved in their natural state.
Admission to the Getty Center is free, and no reservations are required. Admission to the Getty Villa is free, but reservations are required and can be made online on their website at getty.edu/villa.
Free tours of the art, architecture and gardens are offered each day.
Parking at both the Getty Center and the Getty Villa is $15; $10 after 3:00 p.m.
Get same-day parking at both the Getty Center and the Getty Villa for one $15 fee.