Boasting one of the best views in Los Angeles, the Getty Museum is not one to be missed for both locals and visitors.
The museum itself is completely, entirely, absolutely FREE! (Parking will cost you $15, but pack the car with all your family or friends, paying for parking is worth it considering the alternatives are walking a couple of miles or taking the metro for $1.75 each direction. Unless you’re going by yourself, save yourself some time and pay to park.)
Not only does the Getty have some great and influential works on display, there are also some great learning opportunities available. Pick up your free audio tour at the front desk. Join a free walking tour of the Garden, or check out an architecture tour. Jump on one of the free guided tours of the exhibits.
Not to mention, there are plenty of hands-on learning opportunities at the exhibits themselves. You can practice drawing like your favorite artists at the drawing center, watch videos next to the famous artwork that explains how the artist would have made these pieces hundreds of years ago. Even explore pieces through interactive tablets that virtually pull each item apart, piece by piece, to explain how they were made, places that they were repaired, and microscopic things to look for, all while examining the real item in a 360-display case right in front of you.
The Getty is one of a kind, and well worth getting lost for an entire day.
Don’t forget, the Getty also offers a free coat check at the entrance. Bring along a cooler packed with lunches, check it in at the coat check, spend your day appreciating the amazing pieces of art the Getty has to offer, then take a break and sit hill-side in the garden and enjoy your picnic. All completely free.
Being on a budget doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice opportunity to explore. The entire family can pile in a car and spend an entire day at the Getty and still not see all they have to offer, all for $15 of parking and the cost of your picnic lunch.
If you manage to run out of things to do at the Getty Center in Bel Air, your $15 parking pass also includes parking at the Getty Villa in Malibu, filled with even more wonderful views and works of art. Admission to the Villa is also completely free.
You heard that right (said in an infomercial voice) you get two amazing museums for the low, low price of $15.
During your visit or residency in Los Angeles, the Getty Museum is truly not one to be missed.