The J Paul Getty Museum

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  • Address: 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049, United States
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:30 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-3104407300
  • Ticket Price: 9 USD
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Art And Culture, Art Museums, Museums, History Museums, Tour, Family And Kids, Architecture , Arts And Crafts

J. Paul Getty Museum or just The Getty is one of the most famous art museums in California. The museum is located on two campuses called The Getty Center and The Getty Villa in Los Angeles. The main museum is of the J. Paul Getty Center in the Brentwood neighborhood. This museum has a vast collection of artworks from the Middle Ages to the present. While another museum which is located in the Getty Villa in Malibu neighborhood showcases brilliant art pieces from Greece and Italy. The museum witnesses over 2 million visitors every year and has been featured in the New York Times as well. You can purchase the Getty Museum tickets online or at their office.

The Getty Center -

The Getty Center is one of the two campuses of the Getty Museum located on 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles, California. The center has a huge collection of the European and American Art from the medieval period to the present. It also organizes exhibitions on photography, pastel portraits, Renaissance art and more. The 134,000-square-foot central garden is also a point of attraction at the Getty Center.

The Getty Villa -

Another campus for the Getty Museum is the Getty Villa which is located on 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades in California. Here, one can discover a collection of marvelous ancient art that unfold the cultures of 7000 years from the Stone Age to the decline of Roman empire. The Getty Villa, itself, is a great piece of art and is basically an ancient Roman country house. At every corner of the villa, one can see ancient models and artworks.

The Getty Museum Collection -

J. Paul Getty Museum owns a beautiful collection of European art, mostly from Greece, Etruscan, and Rome. This includes various paintings, drawing, manuscripts, sculptures, international photography, and other art forms.

  • Antiquities: The antiquity collection began at J. Paul Getty Center in 1939 and consists of a Roman and Greek marble statues, bronze sculptures, and mosaics. Things like Greek vases, portraits of Romano-Egyptian, ancient glassware, ambers, ornaments of gold, and silver vessels are also found here.
  • Drawings: The drawing collection began in 1981 and houses over 850 beautiful pieces of drawings. The collection consists of the drawings by European artists from the 15th to 20th centuries. Since these drawings are vulnerable to light, they are displayed on a rotational basis.
  •  Manuscripts: The museum is also home to over 200 books and manuscripts related to the visual art. One can learn a lot from these manuscripts about Romanesque, Gothic, Ottonian, Renaissance, and International styles.
  • Paintings: J. Paul Getty Center also houses over 400 European paintings that were created before the 1900s. Some of the famous works include Rembrandt’s An Old Man in Military Costume and Pontormo’s Portrait of a Halberdier. Painting from ancient Italy and the Netherlands are must-see.
  • Photographs: The photograph collection was established in the year 1984. While the museum displays a great selection of photographs from the old time when photography just came into prominence, it also has the clicks by photography masters like Julia Margaret Cameron and August Sander.
  • Sculpture and Decorative Art: This is the largest collection in J. Paul Getty Center as it has more than 1,700 objects of decorative art and sculptures from late-twelfth to mid-twentieth centuries. The collection comprises of textiles, glasswork, furniture, ceramics, clocks, and other items of historical interest.

Education -

J. Paul Getty Center also has an Education Department that offers various programs to the people of different ages with the help of their interactive displays both at the Getty Center and Getty Villa. This teaches them how to sketch as well as understand the meaning of the world art. There are facilities for-

  • Adult Learner: Getty Artists Program, Sketching Gallery, and Timescape Room
  • College Faculty and Students: College Night at Getty Center, College Night at Getty Villa, Engaged Students Observers, Where We Live: Student Perspectives
  • K-12 Teachers and Students: School Visit, Professional Development, Getty Books, Art and Resources
  • Kids and families: Family events and activities
  • Summer programs for teens


J. Paul Getty Museum also offers research programs and published books on various topics related to ancient and contemporary art and culture. One can also participate in the public programs, events, talks, and tours organized by the museum. On special occasions, the museum also organizes film shows and performances on contemporary, classical, and international music.

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  • The only public entrance to the Getty Center is via Getty Center Drive from N. Sepulveda Boulevard – your GPS may mislead you.

  • Getty museum tickets: Free
  • Getty center parking price - USD 15 - USD 10

Getty museum hours -

  • Tue - Thus:10 am – 5:30 pm
  • Friday – Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm
  • Closed Mondays
  • Closed on Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1

  • You can use the public transportation like Metro bus lines 734 and 234 to stop at the Getty Center.
  • The computer-operated The Getty Center Tram can also be good option to catch from the Lower Tram Station (T1). People also come in their own vehicle or taxi.
  • There is an accessible parking space near the museum.
  • You can park the vehicles only inside the Getty Center parking garage by paying a fee of $15.
  • Street Parking is not available.

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  • The J Paul Getty Museum Address: 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049, United States
  • The J Paul Getty Museum Contact Number: +1-3104407300
  • The J Paul Getty Museum Timing: 10:00 am - 05:30 pm
  • The J Paul Getty Museum Price: 9 USD
  • Best time to visit The J Paul Getty Museum(preferred time): 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Time required to visit The J Paul Getty Museum: 03:00 Hrs
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