Last summer I went to visit my son and meet his girlfriend for the first time. They live in Los Angeles and I went for Mother’s Day. Knowing that I love museums, they took me to the Getty Center which sits atop a hill overlooking Brentwood, California. Not only were the exhibits spectacular, but so was the building’s architecture and the views! I also got to experience my first Uber ride!
I learned a little background about the Center while there. It began as a museum in the late J. Paul Getty’s home in Pacific Palisades, California in 1954. After his death in 1976 the entire property was turned over to the Getty Trust for museum purposes. Eventually the collection outgrew that site, which has now been renamed Getty Villa. In 1983, Management purchased the land where the museum sits in the Santa Monica Mountains for a cost of $25 million dollars. The site rests 900 feet above I-405 and on a clear day you can see the Los Angeles Skyline, the San Bernardino Mountains, the San Gabriel Mountains to the east. To the west you can see the Pacific Ocean.
The Center was designed by architect Richard Meier and the Central Gardens were designed by Robert Irwin. The campus is also home to the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, and the J. Paul Getty Trust.
The Center features antiquities, drawings, manuscripts, paintings, photographs, and sculptures. There are also sculptures displayed on terraces.
The Central Gardens are breathtakingly beautiful and are home to more than 500 varieties of plants.
After a full day of exploring all there was to see we headed back down on the tram. As you can see from the pictures, it was pretty cloudy that day. However, to me it was a perfect day! When you’re with the right company who cares about a few clouds.
You can find more detailed information about the J. Paul Getty Museums at