The Getty Center, Los Angeles

Los Angeles Getty Centre wide

This is an oasis of calm, high up on a hill with stunning views of Los Angeles.  It’s an art gallery and café, but it’s also fascinating to walk around with beautiful gardens and striking architecture.  Best of all, it’s free!  Closed on Mondays.  It’s signed from the Interstate 405 with the main gate on Sepulveda Boulevard.  This is an extract from our free Los Angeles City Guide.

Los Angeles Getty Center view

The view of Los Angeles from the Getty Center

When arriving at the Getty Centre you will need to park at the bottom of the hill in the parking lot and take the regular free tram to the top.  The center is quite large and you’ll need a couple of hours at least to wander around – more if you plan to eat.  This is one of our favourite places in LA – striking architecture, beautiful gardens, impressive works of art and a sense of relaxation.  We also enjoyed the irony of feeling so calm whilst overlooking the bustling and congested 405 highway!

The center is open Sunday & Tuesday to Friday between 10am and 5.30pm, Saturday from 10am to 9pm.  You can take an organised trip to the Getty Center with a pickup from your hotel here.

Los Angeles Getty Centre flowers

Spring flowers in the Getty Center gardens


Address: The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, California 90049.
Tel: +01 310 440-7300

Please note that access to the Getty Center is only via the main gate on Sepulveda Boulevard.


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