One great thing about my new-found unemployment is the freedom to do just about whatever I want to some days. (When I’m not running errands, cleaning, or applying for jobs, that is!) Weekdays when Chelsea is also off work are the fun ones; we’re using this free time to explore and do a few more things on our California Bucket List, many of which have been difficult to get to on busy weekends. About a week ago we ventured up to LA to visit another museum we had been dying to see, the J. Paul Getty Museum.
We really didn’t know what to expect at the Getty. I only knew that they had an extensive permanent collection and incredible views from their location on top of a mountain overlooking Bel Air and Century City. We were excited to find that there were also two temporary exhibitions that appealed to each of us; a Josef Koudelka photography exhibit for me and a J.M.W. Turner painting exhibit for Chels.
The campus of The Getty Center is huge. It includes the Reseach Institute, the Conservation Institute, an auditorium, a sculpture garden, a large central garden, several cafes, a museum store, and finally, four pavilions of fine arts, photography, sculpture, and decorative arts. Whew! All of this must be reached by taking a tram from the bottom of the mountain, where you park. (Parking is $15, or only $10 after 5pm.) It is definitely the type of place you spend several hours visiting, if not the entire day. I know we didn’t manage to see everything. Admission to the entire center is free (besides parking, which you can avoid if you take a public transit bus) and the cafe was reasonably priced.
Besides the main center, there is another location in Malibu called the Getty Villa, a gorgeous spot I cannot wait to visit one of these free days! (Worth clicking through just to see photos on their website! So pretty!)
Of course, photography was not permitted in most of the exhibits, but the exterior beauty of the grounds alone was worth a million photos!