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Los Angeles Getty Center

Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles, California, 90049
Category: Attractions
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Getty Center

Spend the day strolling through spectacular gardens and courtyards, roaming the halls of the beautiful architecture, and viewing Van Goghs and other European and American artisitc masterpieces at this Los Angeles museum. Set in the Santa Monic Mountains spread out over 110 acres, visitors ride a funicular tram from the parking lot, and there is a restaurant with stunning views. This is a great attraction for families to explore since admission is always free.


Hours -

Tues-Fri 10am-5:30pm, Sat-10am-9pm, Sun 10am-5pm

Prices -

admission is free, but there is a parking fee


  • Collection Highlight Tours
  • Architecture Tours
  • Garden Tours


  • Art Exhibitions
  • Lectures & Talks
  • Family Activities
  • Dining & Shopping
  • Film Performances

Origins of the Getty Center

The Getty Center is part of a two-museum complex with another branch called Getty Villa located in Malibu. What started out as J. Paul Getty’s sprawling 1954 home set in the Pacific Palisades, turned into one of the world’s top museums when he expanded his compound with a separate museum wing in 1974. In 1976, after Getty’s death the property was turned over to a trust. With a huge collection to maintain, they needed to expand, and they bought a new property in the Santa Monica hills in 1983 that today is home to the Getty Center.

Unique landscaping methods

The beautiful property is groomed with the help of a herd of goats that trims the grass to reduce the cause of brush fires.


  • What year did the center open?

    The center opened in 1997. Designed by starchitect Richard Meier, the complex encompasses several buildings and lush gardens dramatically perched on a hillside in Brentwood, California
  • Does it cost to park?

    Admission is free, but parking costs $15 ($10 after 5 pm). You do not need a parking reservation, but it is self-paying. There is a funicular that takes you to the museum from the parking lot.

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