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Los Angeles, CA
L.A. Museums
J. Paul Getty Museum
— Getty Center

J Paul Getty Museum - Getty Center in Los Angeles, California

Getty Center & Museum
The Getty Center is without doubt one of of Los Angeles' most beautiful and popular cultural attractions. Opened in December 1997, it draws over one million visitors annually from the around the world. Visually, it's one of the most stunning museums we've ever seen!

The light and airy Getty is the first western "open" museum — its unique, modern architecture and magnificent gardens (including a Cactus Garden overlooking the city, mountains and ocean) are truly a sight to behold!

See memorable works of art — the Getty Center houses European paintings (our favorites are the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists), drawings, sculptures, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and European and American photographs.

There's so much to see at the Getty Center — we highly recommend that you take one of their Complimentary Tours:

  • Architecture Tours
  • Garden Tours
  • Collection Highlights Tours
  • Exhibition Tours
  • Focus Tours
  • Masterpiece of the Week Talks

Getty Center sits on a hilltop in the Santa Monica Mountains, just off the San Diego Freeway, about 12 miles northwest of downtown L.A. It has a completely different feel to its older sister museum, Getty Villa, which sits in a narrow canyon on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu (the latter featuring Roman-inspired architecture, magnificent gardens and a collection of of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities).

Visitors access Getty Center via electric cable-driven trams from the parking garage, located just below the museum.

Alana talking to her family in London - view of Cactus Garden, Los Angeles, mountains and Pacific Ocean at Getty Center in Los Angeles, CA

While walking through the Getty complex, at every turn there's a great photo opportunity. See panoramic views of the city, mountains and sea.

Getty Center Cafe - dine indoors or al fresco at Getty's self-service Cafe - Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Enjoy indoor and outdoor dining, tranquil gardens to relax and stroll... and fun activities to give you new perspectives on art and its meanings.

Buy J. Paul Getty Museum Tour Tickets - Tour departs from Grauman's Chinese Theater or various LA hotels

The Museum Store
The Museum Store is located just inside the Entrance Hall to the Getty Museum. Shop for fun gifts and souvenirs — cards, postcards, posters, prints, silk scarves and ties, books, toys, magnets, jewelry, blown glass... and more!

The Museum Store at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, California

J. Paul Getty Museum
and Movie Stars' Home Tour

Combine two great tours in one! Visit the Getty Center, where you can view memorable works of art at the J. Paul Getty Museum and then drive along the tree-lined streets of Beverly Hills and Bel Air to view the magnificent homes of celebrities from yesterday, today and tomorrow!

Buy Getty Museum and Movie Stars' Home Tour Tickets

Getty Villa Malibu
The Gettty Villa in Malibu is located on the Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades. Admission is Free. An advanced, timed-ticket is required. Tickets can be ordered in advance or on the day of your visit.

Google Map of Getty Villa



The Getty Center and magnificent Central Garden - Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California

Spectacular architecture at Getty Center - inside the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, CA

Museum Courtyard
and Central Plaza Fountains

Relax by the fountains in the Museum Courtyard and Central Plaza — it's a great place for people-watching!

Fountains at Museum Courtyard and Central Plaza at Getty Center in Los Angeles, CA

Museum Courtyard at The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA

The Fran & Ray Stark
Sculpture Terrace
If you like sculptures, be sure to check out The Fran & Ray Stark Sculpture Terrace (and its five bronze sculptures by Rodin, Magritte, Malloil, Arp, Noguchi ) — located just outside the West Pavilion, near the Garden Terrace Cafe.

Outdoor Decks & Views
— West and South Pavilions
For spectacular views, be sure to step outside to the West Pavilion's outdoor deck (Upper Level 2nd floor) to see magnificent city, mountain and ocean views, including Catalina Island. The deck also overlooks the Central Garden and the Cactus Garden.

From the South Pavilion's Upper Level outdoor deck you can see the San Gabriel Mountains, Bel Air, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Downtown L.A., Century City, Santa Ana Mountains, and Westwood.

Outdoor Decks and Panoramic Views at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, CA

Birds of Paradise
and Hummingbirds

The South Pavilion's outdoor deck space also features sculptures, tables and chairs, and a beautiful rectangular Birds of Paradise Garden — we've never seen so many Birds of Paradise and Hummingbirds in one place before — truly a special moment:)

Birds of Paradise and Hummingbirds at Getty Center in Los Angeles, CA

Getty Center Hours
Tues-Fri 10am-5:30pm
Sat 10am-9pm
Sun 10am-5:30pm
Closed Mondays

Closed on major holidays:
Jan 1st, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day (Dec 25th)

Free Admission
Admission is Free to the Getty Center and to All Exhibitions. No tickets or reservations are required.

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