Discover the Getty Center, one of Los Angeles’s largest cultural attractions.
L34 - J Paul Getty Museum Transportation
Daily 9:30am LAX office (Except Mondays, Thanksgiving/Christmas/New year's)
Pick up from Getty 2pm & 2:30-3:30pm back to hotel depending traffic.
Adult 12 and up / Child 3-11
A mecca for art aficionados, The Getty Museum houses an impressive masterpiece collection of European paintings including Vincent van Gogh’s most recognized work – Irises. Manet’s impressionist masterpiece – “Spring” – recently purchased for $65 million, is also on display. There are also drawings, sculpture, decorative arts as well as European and American photographs.
The collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum comprises Greek, Roman, and Etruscan art from the Neolithic to Late Antiquity; European art—including illuminated manuscripts, paintings, drawings, sculpture, and decorative arts—from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century; and international photography from its inception to the present day.
J. Paul Getty started acquiring antiquities in Rome in 1939 and subsequently built an important collection concentrating on Greek and Roman marble statues and reliefs, bronze statuettes, and mosaics. These works were kept in his Malibu ranch house and made available for public viewing beginning in 1954, but the growth of the collection called for a larger space, leading him to design and construct a full-scale replica of the Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum. The new museum opened in 1974, and Getty felt the need to expand the scope of its displays, adding ancient Roman frescoes, Greek painted pottery, and other objects. After his death in 1976, museum curators added significantly to the collection, which now includes important Greek vases, engraved gems, Romano-Egyptian mummy portraits, ancient glass, carved ambers, silver vessels, and gold jewelry.
The earliest objects are Neolithic clay figurines, dating back to the sixth millennium BC, and marble vessels and figurines from the Cycladic islands and Cyprus, dating from the Bronze Age. There are also significant holdings of Greek bronzework, sculpture from southern Italy, and an original Greek bronze statue of the Hellenistic period known as The Victorious Youth.