If you have to spend only one day in Los Angeles, want a quick getaway and emerge into time through art… here we go, rent a car, drive up the hill and visit Getty Center.

Jean Paul Getty (December 15, 1892 – June 6, 1976) was an American industrialist. He owned nearly 200 businesses and in 1957 “Fortune” magazine named him the richest living American. The 1966 Guinness Book of Records named him as the world’s richest private citizen. Have a read about him, a pretty interesting character.

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Getty was an avid collector of art and antiquities and spent his fortune to leave after him a marvelous masterpiece made of concrete and steel – a museum!

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location and parking:

Located in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, Getty Center sits atop a hill connected to a visitors’ parking garage – a deep seven-story underground parking with over 1200 parking spaces. The parking is connected to the museum by a cable-pulled funicular.

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price and comfort:

The entrance is free. There is free wi-fi.

family and kids:

It might become boring for kids to wonder around, so if you plan a long day out, make sure you go on play date to the Family Room, situated on the territory.

ambiance:

Don’t go for a couple of hours, go for a day! Take a blanket, some sandwiches, a good book and relax in the yard. You will be mesmerized by the ambiance. Take the audio guide and have a walk through time in each pavilion.

garden:

The 12,400 m2 Central Garden at the Getty Center is the work of artist Robert Irwin. Let yourself embraced by the nature. The south promontory is anchored by a cactus garden.

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the view:

Searching for views overlooking Los Angeles? Take a panoramic shoot of the city from Getty balconies.

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I spent a great day out with my friends and their two little kids. The garden was unfortunately closed due to rain, but it is just another reason to come back to Getty Center. What a beautiful place!

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