The Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Dr , Los Angeles , CA 90049 (Central L.A)
in Los Angeles California

Art, architecture, and gardens at two locations: the Getty Center in Brentwood and the Getty Villa in Malibu.

The J. Paul Getty Museum, commonly referred to as the Getty, is an art museum in California housed on two campuses: the Getty Center and Getty Villa.The Getty Center is in the Brentwood neighborhood and is the primary location of the Museum. The ... See more
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The Getty Center features several gardens and fountains, and landscaping for public enjoyment, including a cactus garden at the South Promontory, fountains in the Museum Courtyard and the Tram Arrival Plaza, shaded hideaways, and spectacular views of the Santa Monica Mountains, the Pacific Ocean, and Los Angeles.

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In 1974, J. Paul Getty opened a museum in a re-creation of the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum on his property in Pacific Palisades, California. In 1982, the museum became the richest in the world when it inherited US$1.2 billion. In 1983, after an economic downturn in what was then West Germany, the Getty Museum acquired 144 illuminated medieval manuscripts from the financially struggling Ludwig Collection in Aachen; John Russell, writing in the New York Times, said of the collection, "One of the finest holdings of its kind ever assembled, it is quite certainly the most important that was in private hands." In 1997, the museum moved to its current location in Brentwood; the Pacific Palisades museum, renamed the "Getty Villa", was closed for renovation until 2006.

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A unique destination, the Getty Center incorporates the modern design of architect Richard Meier, with beautiful gardens, open spaces, and spectacular views of Los Angeles.

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The self-service Cafe on the lower level of the Restaurant/Cafe building and has indoor and outdoor dining areas. The extensive menu includes sandwiches, soups, salads, pizza, tacos, burritos, and grilled items. Wine and beer are also available.

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The Getty Center sits on a hilltop in the Santa Monica Mountains, just off the San Diego Freeway. From there, visitors can take in the disparate aspects of Los Angeles's landscape—the Pacific Ocean, the San Gabriel Mountains, and the vast street—grid of the city. Inspired by the relationship between these elements, architect Richard Meier designed the complex to highlight both nature and culture.

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The Restaurant
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Located in the Restaurant/Cafe building, the Restaurant offers full service in an elegant setting with views of the Santa Monica Mountains. Menus change seasonally.

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Bring your own picnic, or take your ordered boxed lunch and grab-and-go items to have a picnic in the Central Garden, or at tables and chairs in the South Pavilion Terrace or Museum Courtyard.

van Gogh
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Vincent van Gogh, Irises, 1889

Permanent Collection
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The collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center includes pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts; 19th- and 20th-century American, European, and Asian photographs; contemporary and modern sculpture; and Robert Irwin's Central Garden, designed specifically for the Getty Center.

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Rembrandt, An Old Man in Military Costume, 1630

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The stone—1.2 million square feet of it—is one of the most remarkable elements of the complex. This beige-colored, cleft-cut, textured, fossilized travertine catches the bright Southern California light, reflecting sharply during morning hours, and emitting a honeyed warmth in the afternoon. Meier chose stone for this project because it is often associated with public architecture and expresses qualities the Getty Center celebrates: permanence, solidity, simplicity, warmth, and craftsmanship.

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The inner courtyard of the Getty museum

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Decorative Arts
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The Central Garden
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The Central Garden, created by artist Robert Irwin, lies at the heart of the Getty Center. The 134,000-square-foot design features a natural ravine and tree-lined walkway that leads the visitor through an extraordinary experience of sights, sounds, and scents. The walkway traverses a stream that winds through a variety of plants and gradually descends to a plaza where bougainvillea arbors provide scale and a sense of intimacy. Continuing through the plaza, the stream cascades over a stone waterfall or "chadar," into a pool with a floating maze of azaleas. Specialty gardens encircle the pool. All of the foliage and materials of the garden have been selected to accentuate the interplay of light, color, and reflection.

Family Room
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Learn and play in the five activity coves and treasure-hunt walls that surround this room for kids.

Outdoor Sculpture
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Contemporary and modern sculpture is featured throughout the grounds, including 28 modern and contemporary outdoor sculptures installed at the Getty Center, donated by Fran and Ray Stark.

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Édouard Manet, The Rue Mosnier with Flags, 1878

Natural light
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Natural light is one of the Getty Center's most important architectural elements. The many exterior walls of glass allow sunshine to illuminate the interiors. A computer-assisted system of louvers and shades adjusts the light indoors. The paintings galleries on the Museum's upper level are all naturally lit, with special filters to prevent damage to the artworks.

West Pavilion
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The West Pavilion features sculpture and Italian decorative arts of the 1700s through 1900, as well as 19th-century paintings. Neoclassical, Romantic, and Symbolist sculpture and decorative arts are also on view.

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Titian, Portrait of Alfonso d’Avalos, Marchese del Vasto, 1533

Coffee Carts
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Two coffee carts—one in the Museum Courtyard and one on the Plaza (up the stairs and to the right from the Tram Arrival Plaza)—offer coffee, hot tea, espresso drinks, bottled beverages, and baked goods, as well as hot and cold food options.

Garden Terrace Cafe
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This smaller cafe offers coffee, lunch, and snacks in an outdoor setting overlooking the Central Garden.

J.M.W. Turner
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J.M.W. Turner, Modern Rome - Campo Vaccino, 1839

Sketching Gallery
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Try your hand at sketching from the masters. Free paper and drawing materials are provided.

South Pavilion
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The South Pavilion houses 18th-century paintings and the majority of the Museum's European decorative arts collection, complete with elaborately furnished paneled rooms, dating up to 1800.

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Canaletto, The Grand Canal in Venice from Palazzo Flangini to Campo San Marcuola, about 1738

East Pavilion
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The East Pavilion features primarily 17th-century Baroque art, including Dutch, French, Flemish, and Spanish paintings, as well as sculpture and Italian decorative arts dating from 1600 to 1800.

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Learn about art in the galleries with our interactive multimedia system. Pick up a multimedia player free of charge in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Peter Paul Rubens
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Collaboration of Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Brueghel the Elder, Return from War: Mars Disarmed by Venus 1610

Anthony van Dyck

Anthony van Dyck, Portrait of Agostino Pallavicini, 1621–23

Center for Photographs Shop

The Center for Photographs Shop in the West Pavilion (Terrace/L2 Level) offers photography-related books and gifts, including frames, apparel, and specialty cameras.

Children's Shop

The Children's Shop in the West Pavilion (Plaza Level) provides a broader selection of books, art and activity kits, toys, games, and other fun, educational items that capture the Museum experience for children and families—as well as the young at heart.

Claude Monet

Claude Monet, Sunrise (Marine), 1873

Exhibition Pavilion Shop

Exhibition Pavilion Shop offers books and merchandise that complement special exhibitions.

Fra Bartolommeo

Fra Bartolommeo, The Rest on the Flight Into Egypt with St. John the Baptist, about 1509

Getty Research Institute Exhibitions

The Getty Research Institute offers changing exhibitions of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, artists' notebooks, and other materials from the special collections of the Research Library related to the history of art and architecture. The gallery, located in the Research Institute building, is open the same hours as the Museum.

Giambattista Pittoni

Giambattista Pittoni, The Sacrifice of Polyxena, about 1733

Jacques-Louis David

Jacques-Louis David, The Sisters Zénaïde and Charlotte Bonaparte, 1821

Jean-François Millet

Jean-François Millet, The Man With the Hoe, 1860–62

Main Store

The Main Store is found just inside the Museum Entrance Hall and offers the widest offering of books, gifts, apparel, stationery, and jewelry, along with a selection of children's books and toys. Also find unique and unusual items for the home, including hand-blown glass and sculptural reproductions.

Nicholas Poussin

Nicholas Poussin, Landscape in Calm Weather, 1651

North Pavilion

The North Pavilion presents paintings dating up to 1600, as well as medieval and Renaissance sculpture and decorative arts.

Photographs Research

Researchers interested in the Museum's collection of photographs can also consult the Photographs Study Room at the Getty Center, which is open by prior appointment.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, La Promenade, 1870


Pontormo, Portrait of a Halberdier, 1528

Premiere Exhibitions

The Exhibitions Pavilion hosts seasonal Premiere Presentations and other major exhibitions, which often involve collaboration with and loans from museums around the world, and are among the most important exhibitions of the year.

West Pavilion Plaza Shop

The West Pavilion Plaza Shop features our most popular items in addition to a selection related to changing exhibitions in the adjacent galleries.


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