Recently my husband and I took a night off from the the kids and our busy lives to spend some quality time together. We decided to have a date night in Los Angeles and visit the Getty Museum. I have visited the museum once before but this was my husbands first time. I had been looking forward to this date night for days, I love a good museum.
The Getty is located on top of a hill in the upscale neighborhood of Brentwood. The architecture is absolutely beautiful and the views of Los Angeles are breathtaking. There are six different buildings that house collections and multiple exhibitions. You can easily spend 3 hours here just admiring all the beautiful pieces. This museum has two campuses. This one is known as “The Getty Center” and the other, “The Getty Villa” is a about 10 miles from this one near Malibu, CA. I have never been to The Getty Villa, but I hear it is as great as this one.
There is so much to learn about architecture, paintings sculptures and photography. The gardens are also lovely to walk through. I recommend visiting the museum during the day to really appreciate the gardens. It also makes for some great photographs. My favorite exhibition was ‘Art of Three Faiths: a Torah, a Bible and A Qur’an’. I recently took a humanities class on religion and find the subject on religion fascinating.
The best part of this museum is that it is free. The do have a parking fee of $15 and $10 after 3pm. It is especially busy during the weekends and to get into the parking garage is about 30-45min wait. We were lucky to have found a parking lot outside of the museum, right across the street. Over the phone we were told there were no other near parking areas assigned for the museum but we took a chance and went in this parking lot anyway. We were given a parking receipt and asked to pay inside at the parking office inside the parking garage of The Getty. I am not sure if this is an option that is always available though. It did save us a lot of waiting time.
Once parked and inside there is an optional tram service that takes you up to the museum. It’s pretty cool. If you are brave enough you can take the steep, 20 minute walk uphill. It was freezing that night so we decided to take the tram. Which also reminds me that it is really cold up there so take a jacket if you plan to visit during the colder seasons.
There is a restaurant inside one of the buildings. We did not have dinner there but it is my understanding that you need reservations to dine there and you get beautiful views of the Santa Monica Mountains. There are also coffee carts in the courtyard. Those really came in handy, we were cold and in need of a warm cup of coffee.
The staff was polite and helpful.
To take the kids or not?
Although they do have a family room with activities for children I would not recommend the rest of the museum for smaller children. There is a lot of walking involved, many delicate pieces and could be boring for a young child. I have not brought my children here but I have heard the family room offers many activities to keep the children entertained.
I had a lovely time. I definitely recommend this museum it is better during the day when you can really appreciate the gardens. It is a must if you are ever in the L.A area.
Here is the link to The Getty Museum if you are interested or would like more info.