J. Paul Getty Center
- Type: Museums
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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The Getty Center is one of the most impressive architectural achievements in the United States—and it also contains some of the finest works of art in the world. The circular, concrete and steel structure was designed by architect legend Richard Meier, and it houses an abundance of art from various ages and nations. Here you'll find Renaissance paintings, 20th-century American photography, Baroque sculptures, Byzantine illuminated manuscripts, and more, all amidst a sprawling, modern campus in the Santa Monica Mountains. The museum also offers spectacular views of Los Angeles on clear days.
Recent travelers love the museum, especially for its value and beauty. Some also enjoy the contrast between the art center's subtle refinement and the over-the-top glitz of Hollywood.
Getting to the Getty Center can be a bit of journey, but it's a unique adventure. Upon arrival, you board a tram that ascends about 400 feet to the museum grounds. Best of all, entry to the museum is free, and no reservations are required. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (until 9 p.m. on Saturdays). For more information, check out the Getty Center website.