Travel — So. California
Los Angeles, CA
J. Paul Getty Museum
Getty Center Architecture
Architecturally, the Getty Center is one of the most stunning museums we've ever seen. It was designed by NY architect Richard Meier, who built the entire museum based on the number 30 — the walls, windows, floors, and exterior paving are organized in a grid composed of 30-inch squares. Why is everything in multiples of 30? No one knows... and he's not telling!
A minimalist, Meier focused on two colors — Getty White and T-Shirt White. The light and airy Getty is the first western "open" museum — its Reception Hall and five buildings are spread around the complex — designed to constantly drive the visitor outdoors. At every turn there's a great photo opportunity.
Dramatically perched on a hilltiop in the Santa Monica Mountains, visitors access the Getty Center by riding in a computer-operated tram from the parking facility below.
In addition to the Reception Hall and galleries (housed in the Museum's five exhibition pavilions), visitors can enjoy relaxing by the fountains at the Museum Courtyard and Central Plaza, visit The Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Terrace, take a leisurely stroll around the magnificent Central Garden, and see the stunning Cactus Garden and its panoramic views of the city, mountains and Pacific Ocean.
J. Paul Getty Museum Tour Tickets - Tour departs from Grauman's Chinese Theater or various LA hotels
Discover more about Richard Meier's architecture and the design of the Getty Center site in this educational 45-minute Architecture Tour.
It's fun... and it's Free!
Buy Getty Museum and Movie Stars' Home Tour Tickets