The Getty-LosAngeles

The Getty Center-Los Angeles

What: The Getty Center

Where: Los Angeles

For: All Ages

We decided to spend the better part of one of our staycations going to the Getty Center Museum and enjoying at all the famous artwork that was on display.  Not only does it allow its guests to experience world culture and history, but some of the exhibits are to be visited for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Getting There

Signs along the freeway and side streets lead you towards the Getty Center.  After you pay for parking, you are led to a shuttle that comes about every 5-10 minutes.  The shuttle is free and carries guests up a large hill to the entrance of the Getty Center.  Gorgeous views of the LA skyline can be seen from the shuttle.  The entrance is up a large set of steps, so expect to walk a lot during your visit.  There is no fee for admission into the Getty Center.

The Getty

Maps are provided upon entering the Getty Center.  Exhibits vary seasonally and by availability from other museums.  Famous paintings line the walls of rooms separated by century and theme.  You are allowed to take pictures inside the museum as long as you abide by the posted rules.  Tour guides are available for guests who would like more information on the artwork.  This is definitely a place that we will take the kids when they are older and able to enjoy and appreciate the artwork.

Outside the Getty

There is a central garden that contains a tree-lined walkway and contains beautiful sculptures.  A ravine leads you down a walkway to the garden.  Beautifully colorful flowers and plants are all around the gardens.  Many families were here having picnics with their families.  The view of Los Angeles is beautiful, and it’s wonderful to see how many guests were enjoying the summer sun in this picturesque venue.

The Crowd

We observed people of all ages here.  Families with young children played in the gardens.  There are some exhibits that are child friendly.  However, as with most museums, many of the rooms are quiet.  This could be hard for families with young children who want to talk and play.  The sculptures in the gardens are fun pieces of art to look at with kids while having a picnic.


Parking is $15 all day and $10 after 3:00pm.  Entrance into the Getty Center is free.  The Restaurant serves lunch ($20-$35), dinner ($25-$35) and brunch ($20-$30) and accepts reservations online.  There is also a Café available with dishes ranging from $10 to $15.  The Garden Terrace Café is a smaller outdoor café that offers food and snacks overlooking the central garden, and Coffee Carts offer coffee, tea and snacks for guests in the museum courtyard and the plaza.  The Getty Store contains souvenirs of your trip to the museum (there is a Children’s Shop in the West Pavilion and a Main Store in the Museum Entrance Hall).

The Getty Center Information

1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049

(310) 440-7300

Thanks for reading! If you’ve ever been to The Getty Center, please comment on this post!  Also, if you have suggestions of other places to go in the Greater Los Angeles Area, please let me know by e-mailing

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