Photo Tour: Getty Center, Los Angeles


Where can you get panoramic views of Los Angeles, Greek and Roman sculpture, and modern architecture all at the same place?

The Getty Center, of course.

In this photo tour I will show you the best of what the Getty Center has to offer. Prepare to be amazed.

Getting There

Entrance Hall

The Getty Center is right off the freeway, so it’s easy to get to. Follow signs to the huge parking lot.

Admission is free, but parking is $15 per vehicle, $10 after 3pm (only worth it if you arrive on Saturday, when it closes at 9pm). Don’t worry about bringing cash, because there are automated machines and you can use credit cards.

You can choose to take a really fun tram up to the Getty Center, or hike up. I took the tram to save time.

Be sure to grab a free audio tour at the entrance hall – little iPod touches that you use to learn more about several art pieces! I rushed to grab one when I arrived, afraid that they would run out. But I don’t think they ever did.

Photo Tour

I was fascinated by the architecture and ran around like a monkey, snapping away on my camera. This was a solo trip, so I was free to run around as I pleased.

Metal, glass and straight lines – right up my alley.

There are free tours you can go on. There are garden tours, architecture tours, and art tours. Take your pick, or go on all of them! I didn’t go on any because I was too busy taking photos. But I stopped and listened to a few.

The views are just phenomenal.

Central Gardens: 134,000 sq ft of pure awesome. 

Left: sprawling food court with arguably the best views in LA. Right: More fascinating architecture. Lines + stone = love.

Can you tell that I had so much fun photographing the place?

I’d be here at least once a month if I lived in LA.

I’d never get sick of this view. I miss it already.

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Now for the Greek and Roman sculptures I promised!

This is just a few of the amazing art collection they have. From 18th Century British portraits to Greek and Roman sculptures, the Getty Center’s collection is truly world-class.

I came here on a weekday, so it wasn’t super crowded. There were many tourists, and I loved being in an international environment. I am still a tourist at heart, in a way.

And because I can never resist photos of gorgeous gift shops…

There was an amazing alchemy exhibit up when I visited, and they used to have a medieval tapestry exhibit. Their exhibits rotate once in awhile, on top of their permanent collection.

Bye, Getty. You were amazing.

I visited on a weekday so it closed at 5.30pm. I didn’t get to catch the sunset this time. Later I realize the Getty closes at 9pm on Saturdays, so catching the sunset one day is definitely on my list.

Have you visited the Getty Center? What did you think? I would love to hear your thoughts!

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Lydia lives to eat, travel, take photos and write. She loves finding the answer to: “So what is the story behind this?“ She lives in California, USA with her husband and 3 fluffy mongrels (cats). In her free time, she enjoys daydreaming about traveling the world, and working hard on turning it into reality. Read more about her here.