Any “top destinations in L.A” list wouldn’t be worth it’s salt if it didn’t include the Getty Center. Your visit to the Center will include a little tram ride up from the parking lot, impressive views of the city, neat garden views, a tasty cafe, and some interesting architecture. If you have some additional time you might check out what is inside the buildings as well.
One of the nice things about the Getty is that the price of admission is free. You “only” have to pay $15 to sit your car upon a plot of concrete.
The Getty Center is the only L.A. museum that I have visited on multiple occasions. I enjoy it each time as I remember and re-appreciate the paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, photographs, and antique furniture. The place is also a welcome sight when you drive North along the 405, leaving L.A. traffic (hopefully) behind you.
The museum began as the private collection of art from oil superman J. Paul Getty. Getty initially displayed his collection within his own home. His collection (and wealth) continued to expand over time and now contributes to the pieces displayed at both the Getty Center and the Getty Villa in Malibu. The 1.3 billion dollar Getty Center is one of the most visited museums within the United States. The museum specializes in European pieces dated before the 20th century, and 19th and 20th century American and European photography. You may be enamored by the famous Isis piece by Vincent Van Gogh. I was happy to recognize a number of additional artists and pieces, which made me feel redeemed in some way after that “C” I earned in my college “history of art” course nearly a decade ago.