Getty Center Museum Tours

Getty Center Museum
Perched high above the city of Los Angeles, the Getty Center is home to a stellar art collection—with pieces spanning the ages from Renaissance to Pop Art—as well as Richard Meier’s cutting-edge architecture and serene, seasonally changing gardens. On clear days, visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of LA and the Pacific coast beyond.
 
The Basics
Even getting up to the Getty Center aboard the computer-operated tram is fun. From the sprawling arrival plaza, a natural flow of walkways, stairs, fountains, and courtyards encourages a relaxed pace between galleries, gardens, and outdoor cafés. Five buildings house collections of manuscripts, drawings, photographs, furniture, and decorative arts, and an assortment of pre–20th-century European paintings. Must-sees include Van Gogh’s Irises, Monet’s Wheatstacks, and Rembrandt’s The Abduction of Europa
 
The Getty Center is one of LA’s most visited museums, so purchase tickets ahead of time to guarantee admission. City highlights tours stop here, often in combination with the Getty Villa or celebrity homes in Beverly Hills. If you’re interested in aerial views of the remarkable building, take a helicopter or plane tour of the area. 
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Getty Center Museum is a must-do for art and architecture lovers.
  • Children can visit the interactive Family Room or browse the special kid bookstore.
  • Dining options include snack carts, a cafeteria, a self-service café, and a restaurant with scenic views.
  • The museum store sells books and merchandise inspired the museum’s antiquities collection and seasonal exhibitions.
  • The Getty Museum is accessible to wheelchairs. Service animals are welcome, and there are options for those with mobility, sight, and hearing impairments. 
 
How to Get There
The Getty Museum is located west of Hollywood. Metro bus lines 734 and 234 stop at the Getty Center entrance, at the intersection of Getty Center Drive and Sepulveda Boulevard. There is no street parking; paid parking is available in the Getty Center lot, which opens 30 minutes before the museum. Take the free tram from the street-level parking area to the top of the hill.  

When to Get There
The Getty is open every day except Mondays and Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day; check the website for opening hours. Late afternoon is a great time to visit if you want to beat the crowds, plus parking fees are reduced at this time—and the Cactus Garden is lovely in the afternoon light.
 
Special Exhibitions 
Before visiting, check to see what special exhibitions or public programs are available. The museum is constantly showcasing new pieces from the collection or major works from around the world, and tickets can sell out way in advance on these special dates. 
Address: 1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles 90049, USA
Hours: Open Tues - Fri, Sun 10am - 5:30pm (Sat to 9pm)
Admission: Free
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Los Angeles VIP Grand Helicopter Tour

Get a bird’s eye view of the glitz, glamor and amazing scenery of Southern California during this 60-minute helicopter ride in Los Angeles. Enjoy the longest scenic helicopter flight offered in the city, soaring above iconic sights like the mansions of Beverly Hills and Bel Air, the Hollywood sign, the skyscrapers of downtown L.A., Santa Monica and much more. You can even choose to up the VIP factor by paying for an optional upgrades to include mini-limo pickup at your hotel, sparkling wine, snacks and a souvenir t-shirt.
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Private Hollywood and Los Angeles in a Day Tour

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Los Angeles Romantic Helicopter Night Flight

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Los Angeles Getty Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Make your visit to the Los Angeles Getty Center an exciting, 3-hour scavenger hunt as you take in the museum’s remarkable art, architecture and gardens. Use your smart phone to follow a series of clues through the Getty’s galleries, solve puzzles with your team of 2–5 people and tackle fun locally-themed challenges as a group. Earn points to compete with other teams that have completed the course, and enjoy a fun approach to the Getty's world-class art as part of a unique, self-guided adventure.  
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Los Angeles Air Tour over Santa Monica, Downtown LA and Hollywood

Enjoy aerial views of Los Angeles’ classic sights with a 60-minute air tour that includes Santa Monica, downtown and the Hollywood Hills. Take off in a 3-passenger airplane, and enjoy commentary from your pilot as you soar above Santa Monica to the Pacific Coast. Spot surfers and dolphins in the breaking surf and bank towards downtown’s skyscrapers and stadiums; head for the hills to see the Hollywood Sign and tinseltown studios, catch a glimpse inside the city’s exclusive studios, then touch back down at San Fernando’s Van Nuys Airport.
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Los Angeles Deluxe Champagne Airplane Tour

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Hollywood and Los Angeles Helicopter Tour from Long Beach

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Private Half-Day Los Angeles City Tour

Get the true celebrity treatment in L.A. during this 4-hour, fully-customizable, private sightseeing tour. Ever wanted to explore L.A. on your own terms, but skip the driving? You call the shots on this flexible excursion, sampling top attractions like Hollywood Boulevard, the Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills, the famous Chinese Theatre and much more. Round-trip hotel transport by private vehicle from select Los Angeles hotels, along with bottled water and beverages, are all included.
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Los Angeles City and Getty Museum Tour

Discover the best of Los Angeles on a private sightseeing tour through the city with a stop at the Getty Museum. Visit popular landmarks such as the Hollywood Sign, the Sunset Strip, and Griffith Park before heading to the modern Getty Museum. Take a 2-hour tour with your guide to explore the modern art of the museum including the outdoor sculpture garden.
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