The Getty Center in the Brentwood section of Los Angles is an amazing feat of architecture. Designed to allow maximum viewing along with introspection from all areas; it is a place to go just to enmesh yourself in the soul of a building. Screw the art!
The Getty was built in 1997 and designed by Robert Meier. Bountiful gardens and vistas open up throughout the facility giving visitors a chance to be one with the glory of nature. With outdoor sculptures and numerous lavish fountains dotting the 24 acre complex it makes for a full-scale outdoor art experience.
Of course, the Getty, viewing one of the greatest collections of paintings in the world by artists such as van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Delacroix; is an amazing experience.
For those with an interest in illuminated manuscripts and old photographs; the Getty Center doesn’t disappoint. But for the kids, the best part of the trip to the Getty will be riding the tram up the mountain from the subterranean parking garage.
The Getty Center is closed Mondays and on Thanksgiving, Christmas and January 1. Parking is $15. Admission is free. There is also a lovely restaurant that offers expensive food served up with incredible views.