I just visited the Getty for the first time. Not being from the area, I didn’t know much about it. I just knew it was an L.A. museum I hadn’t visited yet and that they had a Bernini exhibit going on, so I wanted to go. I was just expecting an art museum. To my surprise, it had gorgeously landscaped gardens and great panoramic views of L.A. The tram ride from the parking garage wasn’t bad either! AND the $10 parking fee also covers admission. Go here if you can! You won’t regret it!over 4 years ago
Getty Museum aka: The Getty, J. Paul Getty MuseumHoly Image Hallowed Ground, James Ensor - Christ's Triumphant Entry Into Brussels In 1889, and Harold M. Williams Auditorium. Getty Museum is featured on the lists Everybody Hates a Tourist: Los Angeles, Travel Holiday's Best Art Museums in America, and Wallpaper* City Guide Los Angeles.
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Where: Southern California, Los Angeles
An amazing collection of art in an amazing setting. I don’t know where to begin. The gardens? or the building? or the art? It’s all amazing here. Just don’t confuse this one with the Villa in Malibu. But you won’t be able to do that after you visit.
Children will love the tram that takes them from the parking area to the museum itself. The views are stunning, but there is a bit of a wait to get on the train. Families with children in strollers or wheelchairs seem to get priority boarding.
Since this is Southern California, the several buildings are arranged around a central courtyard. It’s very striking. One of the buildings stuck out of the mountain in a way that reminded me of a modern Alhambra. The gardens, which range from desert plants to more traditional sorts of plants are arranged throughout the grounds. There is some shade, but if you come unprepared the museum has umbrellas.
The art on display here ranges from medieval to modern. Since each building is fairly small and grouped by time period, the time needed to visit each one won’t vex the kids. See some art, play outside, repeat. It’s almost too easy to keep ’em happy while visiting here. The gem, which really surprised me, was a room for children to play in where each play station took inspiration from one of the works in the gallery. Their website also has much in the way to prepare older children for their visit.
The staff was helpful and there was a cafe to get some food. Prices didn’t seem out of line at all. Bathrooms had changing tables for the very young.
Worth a visit if you are anywhere near it. Families with small children may last a half a day, but older children and budding artists may last longer.over 4 years ago
if possible, go in the spring/summer when the gardens are in bloom.
and also pack your own lunch, the food is rather pricey.over 5 years ago
The last time i was at the Getty it was like a farewell since i was off to college across the country. The sun was shining, there was a little kid’s bad along the lines of th wiggles playing in the grassy area, children and couples and families everywhere. It should have been annoying, i mean it’s an ART museum, not an amusement park. But it didn’t affect the art viewing all. it’s just this constant happy atmosphere that made the art viewing more enjoyable. My mother and I spent the whole day there, looking at everything, and in between buildings sitting on the grass and looking at the fountain. Little kids kept jumping into the water, people ate their lunches in the sun. It was lovely.
When I first walked into the Museum Entrance Hall of the Getty Center in Los Angeles, I noticed that a lot of people were looking at this huge artwork on the ceiling that looked like it was made out of cardboard, foil, and some other stuff. I couldn’t make out what it was, so I read its description and found out that it plays music for several minutes every hour. I was expecting to hear the usual sounds people would associate with an organ (the thing that was creating and moving the music notes had “keyboard” written on it and its called an Überorgan), but it sounded more like a horn or tuba. You can listen to it here …just scroll down to the bottom page to the exhibition called “Überorgan.” It was much more fun listening to it in person, since there were several horns facing different directions and I couldn’t tell which one was going to make the sounds next. It was amazing to see the artwork in action because its creator, Tim Hawkinson, just used common objects to create the Überorgan. Another one of Hawkinson’s exhibits that I liked was Zoopsia. The artwork in that exhibit can also be seen on the website that I previously linked. I liked the Leviathon …at first glance, I thought it was just shaped as bones…but then I looked closely and saw that it was shaped as people! Hawkinson’s exhibits will be there until September 9, 2007.
I suspect the views from the Getty to be amazing on a clear day, but it was smoggy on the day I went. The Central Garden is a beautiful place to relax, but I enjoyed the sights of the Cactus Garden (pictured above) more since I really like cacti. There were many more exhibits that I wanted to see, but we were running short on time…so I didn’t get to see everything. I would suggest either planning a whole day there or going there more than once to see everything. I know that I would definitely want to go back. Admission to the Getty is free, but you will have to pay 8 dollars for parking at the bottom of the hill. There is a free tram ride that will take you to the top (where the Getty is located) and back.over 6 years ago
The Getty Center is spectacular, especially when one considers admission is completely free. Plan on spending at least an entire day or coming back for multiple visits. A word of warning: don’t get too close to the uncovered Monet when giving art lessons to your children; the guards are overly protective. ;)over 6 years ago
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