The Getty Center is one of Los Angeles’ finest art museums and an incredible destination point for people all over the world. Not only is it famous for the art inside, but the architectural design of the building and the gardens surrounding it are each their own work of art. Not to mention the breathtaking panoramic view of the City of Angels! The museum is free, ALWAYS FREE, although if you happen to drive there you do have to pay for parking ($15 a car/$10 after 4pm). Or you can take the Metro bus there ($1.75 for adults, $0.75 for senior, and $1 students K-12) and it drops you off right at the bottom of the road where you catch the tram. Yes, a tram! Hop on in for a smooth ride with an amazing view as you glide above freeways and houses to the top of the hill where the museum sits awaiting your arrival. Take your time weaving through the four wings of this two story museum and be sure to step outside and enjoy the balcony views. From Italian Renaissance to Impressionist masterpieces this museum has some of my absolute favorite pieces! It is beautiful to stand among people of all ages from all over the world and enjoy a framed piece of history together. They have several paintings from big names such as Degas, Van Gogh, Picasso, Bouguereau (pictured above is his piece “A Young Girl Defending Herself against Eros”) Masaccio (AKA Tommaso di Giovanni), and Rembrandt! There is plenty to see and lots of fun activities for the whole family. Pick up a brochure on your way in and try to catch a tour! They have a museum cafe (it does close earlier than the museum so watch out for that) and a cute little gift shop where, true to my tradition, I always pick up a post card of my favorite artwork. Between the art, architecture, tram ride, and view of the city, this museum is worth the trip, and need I remind you IT’S FREE TO GET IN. Take a day to expand your knowledge, get inspired, and enjoy one of our city’s finest treasures!
For more information on the museum (address, events, current exhibitions etc.) please visit their website at: http://www.getty.edu/
For more information on Metro bus lines (routes, pick up times etc.) please visit their website at: http://www.metro.net/riding/maps/