The Getty Center

The Getty Trust operates the Getty Museum and other initiatives out of the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California. Popular for its stunning design, beautiful gardens, and panoramic vistas of Los Angeles, this $1.3 billion complex has been welcoming visitors since its December 1997 opening. The center is located on a hill, with a parking garage for guests at the base of the hill accessible via a cable-pulled hovertrain with three cars.

The Brentwood Center is one of the two J. Paul Getty Museums in Los Angeles, and it attracts around 1.8 million people per year. The museum’s main building houses European works of art from before the 20th century, such as paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts; as well as pictures from all over the world, beginning in the 1830s and continuing up to the present day. The museum’s collection also features outdoor sculpture on terraces and in gardens, as well as the expansive Central Garden, both of which were planned by Robert Irwin. The Irises painting by Vincent van Gogh is one of the exhibit’s works. Getty Research Institute, Getty Conservation Institute, Getty Foundation, and J. Paul Getty Trust are all located on the campus that was designed by Richard Meier. Construction of the facility took into account the potential for earthquakes and fires.

The Getty Museum was founded in 1954 in the home of J. Paul Getty in Pacific Palisades. He added a museum wing to the house. To accommodate his growing collection, Getty constructed a duplicate of an Italian villa on his property in the 1970s. All of Getty’s land was donated to the Getty Trust for use as a museum after his passing in 1976. The collection eventually outgrown the Getty Villa, as it was then known, and the museum moved to a more central Los Angeles location. Land for the center was revealed to be purchased in 1983; it is situated on a 110-acre location in the Santa Monica Mountains above Interstate 405, and its 24-acre campus is surrounded by 600 acres that have been left in their natural state. On a clear day, you can see the entire Los Angeles cityscape, the San Bernardino Mountains and San Gabriel Mountains to the east, and the Pacific Ocean to the west from the peak of this hill, which is 900 feet above sea level.

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