Sitting on top of a hill on the Santa Monica Mountains, the Getty Center features vast open spaces and breathtaking views of the city. Inside, it holds a world-class collection of art, all of which can be accessed for free!
The center’s architecture alone is something to be admired, as the buildings designed by Richard Meier grow out of the hill and are built to fit in with their natural surroundings.
The Getty Center (1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles CA) welcomes over one million visitors a year.
A well-known feature of the Getty Centre, the Central Garden spans over 134,000 square feet. Designed by renowned artist Robert Irwin, it lies right at the heart of the center and features a natural ravine and trees that line the visitor’s walkways. More than 500 varieties of plants can be found here.
Garden Tours take about 45 minutes and run Tuesday to Sunday at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
The center also is home to the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute, and the J. Paul Getty Museum’s collection of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present and includes European and American paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture, decorative arts and photographs.
The Getty Museum is ranked as a top attraction in Los Angeles by both tourists and locals. Reviews on Trip Advisor actually have it ranked as #1 out of 339 attractions. Hands down, this is one of the best spots to visit in L.A. and again, admission is free. Even the self-guided multimedia museum tours are free!
More information on the Getty Center‘s official website.
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