The Getty Center
The Getty Center
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10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
The Getty Center in Los Angeles is an astounding place to spend a day marveling at world-class art and relaxing in beautifully manicured gardens. Take the tram up to this lavish postmodern complex, which houses a sprawling museum featuring masterpieces by the likes of Van Gogh, Monet, and Cezanne. You can also enjoy superb views of the city from the Cactus Garden, and savor a delicious contemporary menu at the center's restaurant. You can visit the complex for free, though there is a parking fee. To skip the lines, book a museum tour to delve deeper into the art with the help of a knowledgeable guide. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Mamjensen
    Modesto, California623 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Museum!
    We went to the Getty center on a busy Saturday. Although there were a lot of people there, we never felt that it was crowded. They have an excellent collection of art from various different eras. While they don’t have as many actual examples of each artist, they do have a representative collection of high-quality art. In addition, the facility itself is an artwork. The architecture is inspiring and the views are great from up there. We also had lunch in one of their cafés, and the food was very good though expensive. It was a great way to spend the better part of the day.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 4, 2023
  • Momhas4boyz
    Cupertino, California26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fablous Venue, Highly Recommend Docent Tours
    We underestimated how much time we would spend here. This place is big and there is ALOT to see. We took a highlights tour which gave us a brief overview of what this place offers. I highly recommend. We also took an Architecture tour. The docent who gave this tour, Clarence Timberlake was exceptional! So well informed with lots of facts, very engaging with a sense of humor. Just A+. We spent 4 hours here just touching the surface of what this center has to offer. Overall, we had a great time with fabulous docent tours, killer views of the LA area and a nice lunch. Can't beat the admission price - FREE! Highly recommend.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 17, 2023
  • CathGo20
    West Hartford, Connecticut281 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful and Pleasing Mountaintop Experience Goes Beyond the Amazing Art
    The Getty Museum is a beautiful place to spend a day. Everything about it is pleasing from the tram ride up the mountain from the parking lot, to the extensive mountain top campus, with its thoughtful layout of buildings, so that there are natural views in all directions enhanced with beautiful gardens and water fountains and glass entrances that smooth the transitions in and out of the museum spaces. Then there is the amazing collection of artwork laid out in an accessible and well marked format with seating sprinkled along the pathways through the galleries. Add free tours by knowledgeable docents, some simple but satisfying food options and plenty of open spaces. It is much more than a museum as it doubles as a large public park. Leave plenty of time for exploring the campus!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written June 24, 2023
  • TFAtravel
    Chicago, Illinois429 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top of the list on any visit to LA
    Stunning. Absolutely stunning. The art is mostly from the 15th and 16th Century - not my thing, but impressive. The grounds presented in stark white, overlooking the city. The highlight were the gardens. If you don's do anything else in LA on a visit, DO THIS.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 25, 2023
  • recorder
    Pineville, Missouri1,925 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Carve out more time
    One really needs a full half day just to scratch the surface here. The buildings and grounds are worth a visit themselves. The view is worth the price of admission (even if there was one) . And the art is enough to keep you occupied for hours. We didn't wind up with enough time and that is too bad. We saw a lot, but not enough
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Susan E
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania1,069 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Second visit but I’m sure not my last.
    Parking is $20 but can get it validated to use at the Getty Villa, they don’t make it easy to get it validated, you have to go to the parking office. Free entry. Nice restaurants in a magnificent setting. The variety of art and the way it all is displayed is really stunning. $20 but can get it validated to use at the Getty Villa, they don’t make it easy to get it validated, you have to go to the parking office. Free entry. Nice restaurants in a magnificent setting. The variety of art and the way it all is displayed is really stunning.
    Visited September 2022
    Written August 14, 2023
  • Robbert L
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands2,221 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular!
    Just one word: spectacular! The museum itself is an architectural wonder. The views from the balconies over LA are magnificent. The collection is stunning. Rembrandt van Gogh Rubens Goya Breughel Hals Steen Van Dijck Monet Manet Degas Renoir Sisley Potter Ruysdael Cezanne. And many more. Amazing. Absolutely recommended.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 19, 2023
  • MCK
    3,271 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is definitely worth seeing!
    If you are in LA, The Getty Center is a must do landmark site to see. My only advise if you don't like crowds is to make weekday opening 10:00 a.m. free reservation online. Just note: the only way to get up to the center is by tram and the parking is $20. I had made 10:00 a.m. reservations on a Saturday. The crowds hadn't started swarming in yet, so it was peaceful, but by the time we left is was packed. There is a lot to see and experience. The tram ride was nice, beautiful views. Once inside the center, get a map and start exploring. My friend and I went through every building with rooms and we toured the outside grounds. It took us about 3 hours. It is definitely worth seeing!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 21, 2023
  • startwiththeendinmin
    Calgary, Canada269 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb
    Superb Location provides the most magnificent views of LA, the mountains and the Pacific. Architecture is stunning and garden is wonderful. Took the garden tour and will never look at a garden the same way again. Museum contains lots of stunning art and provides for more excellent views as your tour Not open Mondays. Entry free, parking $20 but can be validated if your tour the villa (closed on Tuesday).
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 23, 2023
  • Moondoggie1957
    Woodbridge, Canada578 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see!
    We toured the Getty Center during our recent trip to LA. We hadn't planned on visiting the Center but the server at the restaurant where we ate at recommended we visit it and we are glad we did. The exhibits are interesting plus the Center provides a panoramic view of the city. The Center is truly a "must see" while you are in LA.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 23, 2023
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jethro123507
London, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Lovely art gallery (it's massive), and it's free! You can get there by bus if you want (i did), then there's a free tram thing that takes you up the hill to the centre. There are 5 or 6 buildings full of art, some of it fantastic. You could easily spend 5 or 6 hours here
Written May 29, 2024
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BushkaTexas
Texas566 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The Getty Center is a huge complex with beautiful architecture, gardens and art. We arrived and were scolded by the attendant in the security line for not having a reservation but allowing us in as walk-ups. This place is huge so not sure why you have to have a reservation. Also for a free museum you have to pay $25 to park. The security lines were very long and took over 30 minutes and then you have to wait for a tram to take you to the top or opt to walk which we did. It's a straight up hill walk that takes about 20 minutes but we enjoyed it but be it good shape as it's pretty steep. The grounds are stunning and there's a lot to see. We picked a few galleries to peruse with the most famous ones being the European galleries with the Irises painting and Monets. A bottle of water was $6 which was ridiculous. Nice place to spend an afternoon.
Written May 26, 2024
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midnightswan
Houston, TX15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Incredible - don’t miss. The architecture and landscaping design is top notch, with multiple gardens and buildings. Inside , a variety of art and free audio guides , free frequent tram to the parking area below, gorgeous views over LA.
Written May 21, 2024
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Sue
United Kingdom723 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is a fantastic museum. There's lots to see both inside and out. We spent 4 hours here and it's the most relaxed I've been in LA. Definitely worth a visit!
Written May 20, 2024
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Mildred B
Long Beach, CA25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Visiting The Getty Center was fantastic. The stunning architecture, captivating art, and beautiful gardens made for an unforgettable experience. We enjoyed a delicious meal with panoramic views. Highly recommended for couples seeking a romantic day out in Los Angeles.
Written May 15, 2024
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Northern_Traveler00
California77,064 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Booked tix for Sunday at 11AM and arrived around 10:30 in the garage. Took the tram over after waiting in a shaded "snake" line, they never even checked to see if we had reservations. Took an 11AM Architecture tour to familiarize ourselves with the facility, then a 12:15 tour of The Collection, where we learned much more about a few fascinating pieces.

Took us about 3.5 hours to see all the areas we were most interested in and to have a quick, albeit overpriced, lunch.

Parking is $25, the cafes aren't cheap, but it was a great day, other than the traffic on the 405 heading back south
Written May 13, 2024
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MeganMunro
Toronto, Canada1,352 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Simply spectacular. A must see. One of my favourite museums, ever!
The architecture of the place is magnificent - sculptures pepper the walkways and corners, the gardens are tranquil and so well kept.
You get to the centre via a tram, there is a cafe and restaurant, and just so much to see. The collection is ecclectic - from modern art, to rooms that look like French chateaus, truly remarkable.
Written May 11, 2024
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TravelBoomerang
Kendall, FL1,939 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The Getty Center is perched on a bluff overlooking a wide vista stretching from the sea to city (if the fog and smog don't block the views). The collection is broad, yet highly manageable. The well laid out museum allows visitors to flow from exhibit to exhibit with ease while allowing times to pause and view the incredible views, gardens and landscapes. The photos do not do this museum justice - it is that great!
Written May 9, 2024
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Paulette H
Florida20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
The art exhibits were wonderful, and the grounds immaculate. It takes time to go through the museum, so make sure you leave enough time to explore. The entrance is free, but parking is expensive, so be forewarned. There are paintings and sculptures by many famous artists at the Getty museum, and it is not crowded during weekdays. You can take your own guided tour with assistance from your own curator box, or from a docent. Lunch at the cafe is extremely expensive- $16 for a chicken sandwich, so maybe eat before you go.
Written May 4, 2024
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koebe
Edmonton, Canada105 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Beautiful gardens. Fantastic location and views. Place is impeccably clean and organized. Too much to ever see in one day. Going in the morning is best as the lineup to get through security was short. I do wonder about the Van Gogh being the original as the area was not roped off and a kid almost touched the painting had an adult not told him not to.
Written April 29, 2024
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