Prepared to be wowed! The Getty Center & Museum is home to stunning architecture, world-famous art (including Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces), beautiful sculptures, and magnificent gardens. It’s no surprise to us that over one million people visit here every year from around the world.
The Getty Center sits on a hilltop in the Santa Monica Mountains, just off the San Diego Freeway – about 12 miles northwest of downtown L.A. Visitors access the Getty Center via a short tram ride up the hill. There’s a lot to see, so plan on spending a full day exploring this wonderful museum and lush landscaped grounds. We highly recommend you take a few tours if you have the time – they’re complimentary, informative and fun! During a recent visit, we enjoyed the outdoor Architecture Tour and Garden Tour. Other tours include Collection Highlights Tours, Exhibition Tours, Focus Tours… and more!
Wait until you see Getty’s beautiful Central Garden and its spectacular maze of red, pink and white azaleas, surrounded by a reflecting pool and a series of specialty gardens. And if you like cactus (it’s our favorite) the Cactus Garden is a “must-see” – it offers spectacular panoramic views of downtown Los Angeles, San Gabriel mountains, Catalina Island, and the Pacific Ocean.
The South Pavilion’s (upper level) outdoor deck space features a beautiful rectangular Birds of Paradise Garden – we’ve never seen so many Birds of Paradise and Hummingbirds in one place before – truly a magical moment
We can’t wait to go back again! Have you visited Getty Center yet?
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