I have no idea how this happened, but I had lived in LA for five years and managed to never visit the Getty. Living right in the heart of Miracle Mile, I always visited LACMA and MOCA in DTLA. To be honest, I always thought the Getty was just a tourist destination. While the Getty is filled with hundreds of tourists on any given day, it is also home to one of the most beautiful musem complexes in America.
Here are a few shots from a Saturday spent at the Getty Museum:
This place is stunning for many reasons, and it quickly became one of my favorite spaces and places in all of LA. Sitting on top of a hill, the Getty boasts views of the Pacific to the west and sweeping views of the entire city of LA to the east. The tram ride alone is worth the trip as you glide up the mountain to the top. The grounds of the museum might be among the most well manicured gardens I have ever visited. The landscaping and architectural designs and details are truly spectacular.
What to wear. What to bring.
Dress comfy. Bring an extra layer. It is warm outside, but cooler inside the galleries.
Bring a backpack with snacks, water, and, of course, a camera.
The museum was quite packed on a Saturday making the exhibits a bit hard to really experience, but this didn't stop the Getty from making a mark on my favorite Spaces and Places list. The complex is quite large making it easy to roam around and find quiet moments to yourself.