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Explore LA: The Getty Museum

Celebrating the 25th year of this cultural landmark, I took a trip to one of the places in LA where tourists and locals meet: The Getty.

The Getty is an iconic experience. From the beautiful glass buildings tucked away on a hillside to the masterpieces within, there is a sense of artistic expression and freedom everywhere you turn. No explanation or pictures will do the experience justice, so take a few hours out of your day and visit for yourself!

Before you go, here are some key things to know:

  1. The Getty is FREE and open to all

  2. If you park in the parking structure (you basically have to) it is paid parking but nothing new for LA

  3. Once you park, you take a free tram up the hill to the museum entrance

  4. Bring sunscreen, even though LA is often overcast

  5. You can bring your own food and water, which makes for a perfect picnic date

  6. Each building has a different theme and art display, so if you stumble upon art that's not to your taste — just try another floor

Alongside the art inside the museums, there are art exhibits outdoors and unique exhibits you need to reserve tickets for ahead of time. The Getty is a host to many types of artistic expression, looking at the architecture of the buildings, the landscaping of the various types of gardens and the concert series they hosted as well. They held a concert with the band Allah Las a few years ago and it was really neat to see The Getty transformed as an outdoor concert venue.

As of this date of publish, you need to reserve tickets with a time slot to enter to limit the number of people indoors at any one time, which makes your experience less crowded. This is a great activity for spending a day in the city but away from the crowds, date night with a sunset picnic, taking 'artsy' pictures and playing tourist, or if your whole family is your plus one — there is something for everyone to enjoy!

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