Perched high on a hill and perennially bathed in sunlight, The Getty Museum, is one of Los Angeles’ crown jewels. It juxtaposes massive architecture of quarried stone with light, airy courtyards. The crystal sounds of running water murmur in corners that seem perfect for coffee and contemplation. Manicured gardens are the foreground for expansive views in every direction.
I could go there just to walk the grounds, picnic on a lawn, take in the view and never step foot inside. That would be a mistake. Inside, The Getty is filled with an important, inspiring, and thought-provoking art collection and rotating exhibitions. Every visitor gets to ride a monorail to the top of the hill, whee! Admissions is free. I’ll say that again, free. Parking is $15, but those willing to park nearby and take the bus can pocket the change.
I went for a short visit, about an hour and a half was all I had. I purchased a decent lunch from the cafeteria and ate outside in a quiet area with tables, then took in the vibrant Crosscurrents exhibition that was part of Pacific Standard Time. I waited until the last week to see it, and it has ended, so if you missed it, you’re out of luck. There are still many opportunities to check out other PST exhibitions around Los Angeles.
I wanted to share my photos, to encourage people to take advantage of this gift. If you live in the area, GO! If you haven’t been here in a while, GO! If you are a visitor, an afternoon at the Getty is a great way to see the city and get off the beaten path. A friend who works at The Getty mentioned that the beautifully landscaped gardens are now closed for renovation, so perhaps plan a trip later this spring.