Situated high on the hillside in the Santa Monica Mountains, this research complex and museum has become the epicentre of culture in LA.
With its elegant Italian marble façade, curving walls and post-modernist authenticity, this fascinating museum is one of LA’s most prized architectural gems.
This temple of cultural and artistic panache houses pieces from over the last century, including impressionist paintings, drawings, sculptures, 19th and 20th-century American and European photographs and a wide range of French furniture and decorative items. Housed in five two-storey pavilions, the complex was originally constructed for the purpose of showcasing the work of J. Paul Getty and the oil magnate’s vast art collection. Today, the exhibits have significantly diversified and new pieces are constantly being added to provide visitors with the latest in artistic talent from across the world.
In addition to work from Van Gogh, Monet and Gauguin, the centre has a beautifully kept garden and boasts some of LA’s most stunning architecture. These are just a few of the reasons why the Getty Center should not be missed.
The billion dollar cluster of white buildings were built without public money and were designed by architect Richard Meier. The complex of buildings is a work of art in itself, with beautifully crafted edges and curves that catch the dusk light in an extraordinary fashion and the exterior surfaces, windows and terraces are all perfectly tailored to the buildings’ architectural style.
Despite being just a few kilometres from the city, the Central Garden will feel like a world away. Originally designed by artist Robert Irwin, this tranquil oasis has various tree-lined walkways and boasts over 500 different varieties of plants. If you’re looking for peace and quiet, head to the gardens to sit by the reflecting pool or lose yourself in the maze of azaleas.
The centre is an adult-only zone but has a variety of children’s programmes that seek to promote art among the younger generation. Children can enjoy the family room, which offers some great activities including, festivals, live performances and scheduled tours through the galleries.
Located an approximate 13-kilometre drive from Beverley Hills, The Getty Center is does not charge an entry fee, but there is an extra cost for onsite parking.