The Getty Center is one of two campuses of the J. Paul Getty Museum (the other being the Getty Villa). It has on display “pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts; and 19th- and 20th-century American and European photographs.” The Center has five separate galleries, each showing art of different styles and time-periods.
The Getty Museum owns more than 3300 pieces of art by nearly seven hundred artists, including works by Rembrandt, Vincent van Gogh, and Monet.
Acknowledging the importance of good lighting, the Center was built to allow a maximum amount of natural light to come in through windows and skylights, and illuminate the paintings. The buildings and the grounds were designed to display a sort of artistic beauty. Outdoors there are broad courtyards, and a 134,000 square-foot Central Garden, which was crafted as a work of art based upon circles and arcs. There are a wide array of flowers, lending their scent to the air, and several varieties of trees. If you love art and beauty, the Getty Center is certainly a place you will want to visit.
The Getty Center facilities also hold offices for the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the J. Paul Getty Trust.
The Getty Center is open from 10:00 am – 5:30 pm Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm Saturday, and closed on Mondays.
Admission to the Center is free, but parking is $15. For location and more information, please visit the Getty’s website.