The Getty Centre is a triumph in collaborative architecture and design. Located above the Los Angeles cityscape in the hills of the Santa Monica mountains, the campus is home to the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Research Institute (GRI), the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, and the J. Paul Getty Trust. Inside the museum you can find a treasure trove of classic and contemporary art, such as paintings by Vincent van Gogh and tapestries by Peter Paul Rubens. Outside, the centre is surrounded by lush gardens and trees and has various walkways and paths. The Central Garden, designed by Robert Irwin has it’s own rivulet and over 500 different types of plants. One of the other fascinating features of the campus is its travertine stones. Imported from Bagni di Tivoli, Italy, the ancient looking blocks mix perfectly with the Mediterranean landscape and modernist design.
The Garden Cafe is open throughout the summer (June-September) but only open on Saturdays for the rest of the year. It’s easy to draw compare the terrace to Ancient Greek or Phoenician porticos, and the beautiful view of the sea and sky makes this even easier.
The Restaurant has full menus which change seasonally, and offers a picturesque panorama of the rugged Californian landscape.
You can find the Cafe below the Restaurant and help yourself to its meal options which include sandwiches, soups, salads, pizza, tacos, burritos, and grilled items—as well as alcoholic beverages.
The Main Store is located close to the Getty Museum Entrance and has various collectibles and reproductions of art, in addition to jewelry and other souvenirs.You can find The Children Shop in the West Pavilion. Here you can pick up toys and trinkets that are geared for kids as well as young families. Other shops include The Centre for Photographs Shop, West Pavilion Plaza Shop, and the Exhibition Pavilion Shop which all feature items from special exhibitions and photography-related books and gifts.
200 Getty Center Drive
Tuesday – Friday 10.00 – 17.30
Saturday 10.00 – 21.00
Sunday 10.00 – 17.30
Bus: Sepulveda / Getty Center