Getty Museum Los Angeles

Visit the free Getty Museum Los Angeles, part of the Getty Center complex. This is simply the best museum in Southern California, and is part of the Getty Center complex in Los Angeles. The Getty Villa is a short drive away in Pacific Palisades. We suggest you visit both for a fun weekend.

Updated February 26, 2024 by San Diego Beaches and Adventures

Best Things to do at The Getty Museum 

The Getty Museum

The Getty Museum in Los Angeles

Guided Tours: The best thing to do at the Getty Center museum is to stop by the front information desk and ask about the daily tours. These free, guided tours will provide such as greater experience and appreciation of the museum. Daily tours include Collection Tours, Architecture Tour, Garden Tour and Exhibition Tours. As an alternative, audio tours are available.

Explore the Art Collections: The Getty Center houses an impressive collection of European paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, manuscripts, and photographs. Spend time exploring the various exhibitions and galleries to see works by famous artists such as Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Monet, Manet and others. I could stand for hours in the impressionist room, surrounded by a billion dollars of stunning artwork, like the Van Gogh pictured below.

Irises painting at Getty Museum

Irises, by Vincent Van Gogh, at The Getty Museum in Los Angeles

Enjoy the Architecture: The Getty Center's architecture is a work of art in itself. Designed by architect Richard Meier, the center boasts stunning modernist buildings and beautifully landscaped gardens. Take some time to appreciate the unique design and panoramic views of the city. Or better yet, take the guided tour. This one was our favorite.

Visit the Gardens: The Getty Center's gardens are meticulously maintained and offer a peaceful and scenic environment. Stroll through the Central Garden, featuring a large azalea maze, or explore the cactus garden and other outdoor spaces.

Attend Special Exhibitions: The museum often hosts special exhibitions, showcasing a diverse range of art and cultural artifacts. Check the museum's website to see if there are any temporary exhibits during your visit.

Take in the Views: The Getty Center is perched on a hilltop, providing breathtaking views of Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. Bring your camera and don't miss the opportunity to capture some stunning photographs of the city skyline.

Getty Museum at sunset

The Getty Museum Los Angeles Sunset

Attend Public Programs: The museum frequently hosts public programs, including lectures, concerts, and film screenings. Check their calendar to see if there are any events that align with your interests.

Visit the Getty Research Institute: If you have a particular interest in art history or research, consider visiting the Getty Research Institute, which holds an extensive collection of art-related documents and materials.

Enjoy a Meal: The Getty Center has several dining options, including a cafe and a restaurant. Grab a bite to eat and enjoy the scenic views from the dining areas.

Shop at the Getty Museum Store: Before leaving, browse the museum store for unique gifts, art books, and souvenirs to remember your visit.


Getty Museum Los Angeles Information

Getty Museum Views

View of Los Angeles from the Getty Museum

The Getty Museum Tickets: Admission is free, but reservations are required.

The Getty Hours: Typically open Wednesday - Tuesday from 10 AM to 5:30 PM (open until 8 PM on Saturday). Closed Monday. Timed-entry reservations may be required.

Getty Museum Parking: A parking garage is available on-site. Parking costs $20 per car, $15 after 3 PM or $10 after 6 PM for evening events.

Getty Museum Restaurants: There are several restaurants on-site to choose from for lunch, drinks and snacks.

Address: Getty Center, N Sepulveda Blvd and Getty Center Drive, Los Aneles, CA 90049

Things to do Nearby: Visit Getty Villa, Catalina Island, Disneyland, Hollywood, Universal Studios, Santa Monica Pier

Phone:  310-440-7300

Official website: www.getty.edu

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