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Views of the Getty Center

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A long overdue new blog post. We finally made it out to the Getty Center to tour the grounds and explore their exhibits.

The Getty Center sits nestled in the mountains and they don’t allow you to drive all the way up to it. You exit off the 405 and enter a monstrously large parking garage – the sensors detecting open spots list numbers in the hundreds for a parking section – then hop onto a tram from this utopian station.

Tram ride from parking garage to Getty Center

The layout of the museum complex is designed to cast you outside as you browse the exhibits. Plenty of picturesque spots to sit, too.

Seating area between wings of the Getty

Getty cafe and lawn

We took a short architecture tour of the Getty and our guide pointed out a great variety of details that architect Richard Meier worked into the buildings and the complex.

Tour group admiring fossils

Fountain at the Getty Center

The Pollock exhibit was packed. But overall it didn’t feel crowded during our visit. The other wings of the museum were mostly quiet, especially for a place that has a parking capacity of over 1,000 cars.

Popular Pollock

Views of downtown LA

And the views towards downtown Los Angeles are very welcome. If the sky had been more clear, you could have made out another set of LA skyscrapers in the historic downtown core. Here you can see the skyscrapers of Century City and Westwood areas well.

Written by Crystal Bae

March 25th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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  1. Thanks for the update! Enjoyed seeing pictures of Getty Center as I have never been there.

    BTW, consider Bicycle Coalition / Traffic Solutions “tour de Tent” in early May.

    Steve Botts

    2 Apr 14 at 11:45 am

  2. Thanks, Steve. I’ll be out of town that weekend, but thank you for passing on the info. Looks like a great idea for an event introducing people to bike touring. Hopefully next time!

    Crystal Bae

    2 Apr 14 at 12:38 pm

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