Getty Museum in Los Angeles

Getty Art Museum in Los Angeles 

Getty Museum in Los Angeles
Getty Museum in Los Angeles

The Getty Art Museum, California's largest, is located on a hilltop in Santa Monica. It also includes the villa of oil tycoon Paul Getty, the richest man in the world at the time of his death. He wanted to make art accessible to everyone, so admission to the institution was and remains free.

The patron was an odd man. He believed in the transmigration of souls and considered himself the reincarnation of Emperor Hadrian, so his museum is decorated in the traditions of Roman architecture.

What to See

The exhibition occupies 5 halls, in which objects of art are exhibited, from antiquity to the present. The collection is not organized chronologically, but thematically: “Gods and Goddesses”, “Trojan War”, “Theater”, etc. Here you can see ancient manuscripts, sculptures, paintings, jewelry, photographs, etc.

Some of the Getty Museum's exhibits were considered illegally acquired and returned to Italy, but the collection is still considered one of the richest and most valuable in the United States.

The collection is constantly being replenished; employees regularly travel to world auctions and buy art objects. Gardens are planted around the museum building, and a picturesque view opens from the hill. On site there is free Wi-Fi, a souvenir shop and a good restaurant with a veranda and views of Santa Monica. It is better to reserve a table in advance (on the official website), the cost of Sunday brunch is 42 USD per person.

Practical Information

Address: Los Angeles, 1200 Getty Center Drive, CA 90049-1679

Opening hours: Tuesday - Friday, Sunday: from 10:00 to 17:30, Saturday: from 10:00 to 21:00, Monday - closed.

Admission is free, but you will have to pay for parking (if you arrived by taxi or public transport, you need to present a receipt from the taxi driver) - 20 USD per car or motorcycle, after 15:00 - 15 USD , on Saturdays - 10 USD

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