Thursday Travel: The Getty Museum (Part 1)

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Getty Museum occupies 750 acres of land in the Santa Monica Mountain foothills.

The stone—1.2 million square feet of it—is one of the most remarkable elements of the complex.

16,000 tons of travertine are from Bagni di Tivoli, Italy, 15 miles east of Rome. Many of the stones revealed fossilized leaves, feathers, and branches when they were split along their natural grain.

Natural light is one of the Getty Center’s most important architectural elements. These exterior walls of glass allow sunshine to illuminate the interiors.

Clear sight lines between interior and exterior spaces allow visitors to move in and out of the 5 gallery pavilions and always know where they are.


A circular building houses the Getty Research Institute, used by Getty scholars, staff, and visiting researchers.

Admission to the Getty Center is free, no ticket or reservation required. However, there is a parking fee of $15 per car, and $10 after 3:00 p.m.

More about the architecture visit here… 

  • Jean Paul Getty (December 15, 1892 – June 6, 1976) was an American industrialist. He founded the Getty Oil Company, and in 1957 Fortune magazine named him the richest living American, while the 1966 Guinness Book of Records named him as the world’s richest private citizen, worth an estimated $1.2 billion (approximately $8.9 billion in 2016).  — Widipedia

  • The Museum’s permanent collection contains Greek and Roman antiquities, 18th-century French furniture and European paintings, and is visited by more than 1.8 million people a year.

  • The J. Paul Getty Museum started from the Getty’s private collection and was housed for many years in a Roman-style villa in Malibu, which is now the Getty Villa.

Thank you for visiting! Happy Thursday. 🙂

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