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Getty Center

High art on the hill, this museum and research complex has boosted LA’s reputation as a cultural epicenter.

On a hillside in the Santa Monica Mountains, this postmodernist temple of high culture with curving walls and Italian marble facade is one of the most spectacular sights on the LA landscape. 

Originally built to showcase the vast art collection of oil magnate J. Paul Getty, the galleries are now filled with impressionist paintings, drawings, sculpture, 19th- and 20th-century American and European photographs and a collection of French furniture and decorative arts. New pieces are added all the time. The exhibits are housed in five two-story pavilions set around an open courtyard. 

A stellar art collection is just one of the reasons to put the Getty Center on your itinerary. In addition to works by such luminaries as Van Gogh, Monet and Gauguin, you can take in the center’s beautifully manicured gardens and gorgeous architecture. 

Designed by architect Richard Meier, the billion dollar cluster of white buildings (built without public money) are as exciting to look at as the works of art inside. The edges, railings, windows and terraces are sculptured and stark, and the exterior surfaces catch the dusk light, daubing the center in honey and amber tones. 

In the Central Garden, created by artist Robert Irwin, you’ll only be a few miles from the city but you’ll feel a world away. This soul-soothing, tranquil oasis has tree-lined walkways, more than 500 varieties of plants and a magnificent maze of azaleas surrounded by a reflecting pool. 

The center isn’t an adult-only zone. The museum has a number of children’s programs and activities to help ensure that art appreciation appears on the top of a child’s agenda. Little ones can enjoy a Family Room with hands-on activities, festivals, performances and specially designed journeys through the galleries. 

The Getty Center is an eight-mile drive from Beverly Hills.Entrance is free, but there is a cost for on-site parking.

For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Los Angeles page.


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Lodging Near Getty Center

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Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel

Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel

11461 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
4.2
of 5, from 806 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Los Angeles, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from J. Paul Getty Museum and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from University of California Los Angeles. Hammer Museum and Getty Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$189
Hotel Angeleno

Hotel Angeleno

170 N Church Lane, Los Angeles
4.0
of 5, from 2,071 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the UCLA/Westwood, Century City, Beverly Hills corridor, Hotel Angeleno is just a few blocks from the Getty Center, 5 miles (8 km) from Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, one mile (1.6 km) from UCLA, and 7 miles (11.3 km) from Hollywood.

$203
Brentwood Inn

Brentwood Inn

12200 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
4.4
of 5, from 367 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Brentwood, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Getty Center, J. Paul Getty Museum, and University of California Los Angeles. Hammer Museum and Santa Monica Museum of Art are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Ucla Furnished Penthouse, Walk to Campus

Ucla Furnished Penthouse, Walk to Campus

11044 Ophir Dr, Los Angeles
4.0
of 5, from 2 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

This property is located in Los Angeles (Westwood), close to University of California Los Angeles, Hammer Museum, and Getty Center. Local attractions also include J. Paul Getty Museum and Santa Monica Museum of Art.

The Stradella Court Mansion

The Stradella Court Mansion

10755 Stradella Court, Los Angeles
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in the ultra-exclusive neighborhood of Bel-Air, this luxury west Los Angeles mansion offers discerning travelers the privacy they require, while also providing easy access to the Sunset Strip, Rodeo Drive, and the Getty Center.

$595
Hotel Bel-Air

Hotel Bel-Air

701 Stone Canyon Road, Los Angeles
4.9
of 5, from 201 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Los Angeles hotel is located in the suburbs, within 3 mi (5 km) of University of California Los Angeles and Hammer Museum. J. Paul Getty Museum and Santa Monica College are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Kelton Residence Upper Level

Kelton Residence Upper Level

600 Kelton Ave, Los Angeles
0.0 out of 5.0

This property is located in Los Angeles (Westwood), close to University of California Los Angeles, Hammer Museum, and Getty Center. Local attractions also include J. Paul Getty Museum and Museum of Tolerance.

$118
Strathmore Apartments

Strathmore Apartments

11050 Strathmore Dr, Los Angeles
3.5
of 5, from 4 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Westwood, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hammer Museum and University of California Los Angeles. J. Paul Getty Museum is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.