J. Paul Getty Museum
(1) 310 – 440-7330
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, California 90049-1687
10:00 am – 5:30 pm Tuesday – Friday
10:00 am – 9:00 pm Saturday
10:00 am – 5:30 pm Sunday
At the J. Paul Getty Museum lives a fine collection of European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, European and American photographs aside rotating special exhibits. However, they all take a bit of a backseat to the wonderful Platinum LEED certified, modernist complex that highlights both nature and culture. Designed by Natural light architect Richard Meier, the “Getty” is a as much a park as it is museum. A haven in the sprawling expanse that is Los Angeles.
Admission to the Getty Center and to all exhibitions is FREE. This is such a wonderful opportunity for people young and old to connect to art, architecture and nature. The building and grounds are such a stunning park, we enjoyed our time outside as much as inside.
The adventure begins as you descend into the underground bond-like parking structure- spiraling down level after level. Then you ascend via tram to the high overlook, floating your gaze over the city- breathing air fresh blown from the sea. Meandering the inviting pathways, there are scattered bins with sun-umbrellas to protect against the strong sun.
One wanders in and out of the relaxed buildings; never feeling hurried or watched. The staff is helpful and polite. Photo taking is encouraged (no flash please) and the experience is one of wholeness. The collection is not about volume, but about experience. The complimentary colored galleries fill with natural light to create a bond between viewer and art; a bond that I didn’t know I was missing until I found it at the Getty Museum.
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