The Getty is a must see LA museum. The story of our collective history is in full display. Their collection, at the time, consisted of Monet/Manet iconic paintings, a gallery of photographs from 1880-1960s, and a hall focused on Egypt. If it's on display, please seek out a painting called "Waiting for the Verdict" by Abraham Solomon. It evokes such a power response, in my opinion, of family and the unconditional support we strive for. The accompanying portrait, "Not Guilty" is a reassurance of said support. Parking is 15, 10 after 3pm, and entrance is free! There is a cafe, a great restaurant that we'll visit next time, and plenty of gifts and souvenirs for purchase. The gardens are serene and extremely well kept. Plenty of places to take iconic pictures with views (on a clear day) of downtown LA to Santa Monica
It is so easy to lose yourself at the Getty Center. It has to be the best value place in Los Angeles with free entry and minimal parking costs. Be aware they do make up for that with the cost of food, but let’s not forget you get the opportunity to see the largest private art collection made public. I have been here twice in the past two months and continue to see new pieces, exhibits and areas even though I thought I had seen it all. The Getty Center needs no introduction as it is in all the tourist brochures but you should visit at least once, if not multiple times during your stay.
Went on a Sunday on a holiday weekend, and I was surprised that the most crowded/annoying part of the experience was parking ($15 flat rate after the first hour). Even the parking situation wasn’t that bad as the museum staff does a good job directing traffic. We walked up to the museum grounds from the parking garage which took about 15 minutes. The other option is a free tram. Long lines for the tram didn’t actually mean a long wait. The people who arrived with us and chose the line instead of walking actually arrived at the museum entrance just before we did. Once you’re at the museum (entrance is free), there are a few different buildings with the typical museum art, artifacts, and rotating exhibits you’ll find at most museums. (I’m not a big fan of museums in general.) My favorite part of the visit was absolutely the views of LA and well-groomed grounds surrounding the museums. I didn’t try the food. I’d totally recommend going here for a quality experience. I didn’t give it 5 stars because I don’t think it’s a place I would want to revisit often. It’s gorgeous, but it’s not super unique.
What a wonderful art museum. The tours are usually not too crowded and they have lots of them throughout the day so if you miss one, there probably is another. It's also really helpful that they use mics and remote headsets for the tours so you can easily hear the docent without disturbing others in the area. Entrance is free, but parking is not, so car pool and get everyone in together. Skip the food, it's good but the prices are high. Set aside lots of time - this museum has an abundance of works and you could easily spend days seeing it all. Definitely a don't miss when in town!
The Entire J. Paul Getty Center is a work of art-From the meticulously well kept gardens, many unique water fountains to the actual buildings themselves which are artfully shaped and sculpted. There's so much here that you cannot see it all in one day. There is so many sculptures and artwork to see, it's absolutely wonderful and one of my go to places to relax and take in the art and scenery. 10 out of 10, highly recommended!