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
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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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  • Jeremy
    Davis, California98 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Inspiring workspace outdoors
    I went to find a place to relax, be left alone, and do some work. I found it. You can take a bag in; for me, it was my work bag with my laptop and notebooks. Found a table outside in the sun and connected to the free wifi. After a while, I grabbed a mocha from the coffee stand. Easy-going, relaxed crowd. Parking was $20, but we were there for several hours, so it seemed reasonable.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 7 March 2023
  • cpayne59
    Salem, Oregon77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great, even on a rainy day.
    My first time at the new Getty although I visited the old site several times when I lived in SoCal. It is just awesome. Even on a rainy misty day with zero view it is gorgeous. Admission free (register online before you go). $20 for parking. Can't wait to go again.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 21 March 2023
  • Lonestarbc
    630 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent in all respects
    A wonderful experience, from the easy access, huge parking and tram ride up to the centre. The Museum is spread over several buildings and is very well laid out. Take your time and enjoy this amazing collection. Book your (free) tickets before you go. There is a café and restaurant as well as spectacular views. A very interesting experience
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 April 2023
  • Jim Annis
    San Diego, California4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Breathtaking Cultural Oasis in the Heart of LA
    The Getty Center is an absolute must-visit for anyone in LA. The stunning architecture and perfectly manicured gardens make for an incredibly serene and picturesque setting. The art collection is breathtaking, with works spanning centuries and continents, and the exhibits are thoughtfully curated with informative descriptions. The audio tour is highly recommended, as it provides fascinating insights into the works on display. The Getty Center also offers breathtaking views of the city and surrounding mountains, making it a perfect spot to take in the beauty of LA.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 April 2023
  • Kerri G
    Salt Lake City, Utah36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of our favorite places.
    My family and I have visited the Getty many times over the years and have always had a great experience. We traveled to LA for my 16 year old’s birthday and visiting the Getty was the #1 requested activity. Our visit didn’t disappoint. The art, architecture, and landscaping always bring us joy.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 23 April 2023
  • warrenbruin
    Tehachapi, California117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Always Awesome!
    I could tell that I was in a world destination by how many languages I overheard throughout the day. I definitely got in all my steps exploring this crown jewel overlooking West Los Angeles. Of course we loved gazing at Van Gogh’s “Irises” and Monet’s “Spring” but also found personal favorites that we never knew existed. The gardens were serene, and the weather was glorious. This place will never be overrated and that’s saying a lot considering it’s #1 of all the things to see in LA. It really does qualify as a bucket list item.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 April 2023
  • chantale613
    Winnipeg, Canada11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place
    We didn't have specific plans so made our way over to the Getty. It was nice. The price is right. We aren't huge art fans so it was nice to see some art and then enjoyed the gardens. It was hard to access with public transport so you'll need to uber or drive there. It was worth it if you're looking for a quiet activity to do. I wouldn't bring my family here.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 May 2023
  • gaha1
    New York City, New York24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Getty Center
    The Getty Center was wonderful. It is free although there is a charge for parking. The staff(especially one ) was incredibly helpful in directing us to the exact rooms of the masterpieces we wanted to see. Lunch in the Cafe overlooking the garden was delightful. The gardens were lovely.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 May 2023
  • MasterBoneco
    Porto Alegre, RS114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very impressed.
    Beautiful place, a landmark. This place was under my radar, but heard so many good reviews that I had to visit. Well, let me tell you: it's a must visit while in LA. Meticulous gardens, painting collection priceless, sculptures, and those views from LA!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 May 2023
  • Wikumj
    Bromley, United Kingdom317 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place to spend half a day
    This is a spectacular attraction, as much for the jaw dropping architecture, views and gardens as the art collection itself. One thing I appreciated is how there is a clear ‘pathway’ through the exhibits which are well ordered and structured across multiple buildings and floors. Make sure you leave enough time to wander round the enchanting garden area. The cafe also has a good range of lunch options that are not expensive by LA standards.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 May 2023
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Skip Deluca
Anaheim, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Impressive in every way. From the parking garage to the team, and from the exhibits to the staff and docents The Getty is a fantastic center for art, education and appreciation.
Written 1 March 2024
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Terry B
Toronto, Canada58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
A huge, indeed somewhat overwhelming, campus of buildings in a stunning location, surrounded by gorgeous gardens and with sweeping views. The collection may lack the star power of the great art museums of New York, but it's nonetheless one of the best in North America.
Written 20 February 2024
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Nico558
Pretoria, South Africa851 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This museum is a must visit. The tram transport to the museum, ease to maneuver a wheelchair and excellent exhibits all made our visit worthwhile.

Entrance is free
Written 16 February 2024
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Marleena
Helsinki, Uusimaa59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Really amazing place! An absolute must-visit destination for art lovers. Remember to allow plenty of time. Two hours was far too little. But we enjoyed the whole time! A real experience! Reservation in advance is mandatory. Parking for a fee, but you can also park at the Getty Villa for the same fee same day. Free guided tours available, worth taking advantage of. We went on a short tour and heard some interesting things.
Written 2 February 2024
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richard c
Nottingham, UK187 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Spectacular place with interesting pieces in.
Eash to book on line and it's free. . We went in a Tuesday
No crowds
Easy to get there in an uber
Well organised plenty of helpful staff
A really great day out
Written 9 January 2024
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Lenny H
Auckland, New Zealand794 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
An excellent rang of art on display. The museum is free to get into, but you do have to book a time slot to enter. Even then, be prepared for a wait to enter. Take your own food. The prices in the cafe were ridiculously high.
Written 6 January 2024
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tdpruett
Katy, TX9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Very disappointed to drive up and discover that reservations were required. Our research apparently was not thorough enough. Patrol was unsympathetic and unmoving on allowing us entrance.
Written 5 January 2024
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June B
Swansea, IL48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Visited the Getty on a tour that included the Rose Bowl Parade.
We had about 1 1/2 hrs to spend, which was not truly enough time. The Getty has lots to see. The gardens are beautiful. The sun was out the day we were there. Many people were enjoying spending the day outside.
I found the buildings rather confusing. I wanted to see one particular display about J Paul Getty, but one of the staff send me to see something else. I also noticed the staff in the gardens were a bit harsh about staying on the paths. I'll admit the paths were a little misleading as to where they went.
Good view of the area.
There is a tram from the entrance to the actual center. We were able to take the tram to the center- good as was an steep uphill walk. We did walk down the path as the wait for the tram was too long. The walk was about .9 mile.
There were many famous paintings sin the gallery.
Written 4 January 2024
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myle tan
Romblon Island, Philippines272 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
0/10 would come back again here with friends and family. this was an awesome museum to go to in los angeles
Written 28 December 2023
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chickabeegrrl
Elk Grove, CA2,069 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The Getty Center is always a great place to visit. It’s huge. It’s free (except for parking). It’s educational. And it offers great views of Los Angeles. Makes for a nice day trip if you’re visiting LA. There are, however, much more interesting places to visit if you like art and history, such as the Getty Villa and Huntington Library.
Written 28 December 2023
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