Visiting The Getty Museum, Galleria, and Gardens | A Week in California

A Day at the Getty

For the past four years, I have made the trek out to the beautiful and sunny state of California! The main purpose of my trip is to attend Anime Expo, but I usually like to stretch out my stay and fit in a bit of sight seeing here and there.

On the second day of our trip, we headed to The Getty Museum. I remember seeing photos of the museum’s fantastic architectural design on tumblr and longed to visit… now I can finally cross it off my bucket list! The gallery itself houses many iconic works and sculptures by the likes of Van Gogh and Cezanne, as well as impressive gardens and a breathtaking view of the city below.

Admission is free, and there is a small tram that transports visitors from the lower parking area to the upper galleria and museum.

J. Paul Getty Museum: 1200 Getty Center Drive Los Angeles, CA 90049-1687 
Phone: +1 (310) 440-7330 // Fax: +1 (310) 440-7751 // E-mail: (for general Museum inquiries) 

Tuesday–Thursday 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. (Extended hours until September 4, 2016)
Sunday 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. (Extended hours until September 4, 2016)
Closed Mondays
Parking lot opens 9:30 a.m


The Getty is composed of numerous, curvy white buildings. Check out those ultra-chic, instagrammable walls! Swooooooooon. Of course, I had to take advantage of that. #DoItForTheGram

Sunglasses | Topshop
Shirt | Forever 21
Shorts | Forever 21
Shoes | Naturalizer
Bag | Fossil

The Sketching Gallery

We walked through the various galleries, snapchatting witty and sarcastic captions atop portraits of unimpressed renaissance folk. Eventually, our wandering led us to the sketching area! This creative interactive activation provided sheets of paper, pencils, charcoal, erasers, and the like, as well as portraits and moulded busts to practice our art skills.

I think I did alright… haven’t draw in ages, and my bust sketch ended up looking pretty anime.


The Observation Deck

After we finished our sketches, we wandered to the outside observation deck! Those bright sunny days really boosted my mood, although it was scorching hot and the air was dry. Still better than this muggy and humid Toronto weather!

The floors of the observation deck were also bright white limestone, adorned with various desert gardens and pots filled with giant succulents. I must also point out the highlight of the observation deck – a steel sculpture of a very erect man riding a horse. We laughed for ages! I don’t really understand it and don’t know if I ever will, but it’s pretty great.

The observation deck has a great view of downtown LA, as well as the lower gardens that are tucked behind the Getty’s tall white walls.


The Gardens

The back gardens was probably one of my favourite parts about the whole Getty grounds! There were blooming flower trees and various shrubbery, pruned and snipped into place. In the centre was a little waterfall that joined into a large pool with curling hedges.

Remember to bring a hat, sunscreen, and a bottle of water! The Getty does have sun umbrellas that visitors an use. Very Asian-tourist-chic!

We walked around for a bit. It was really nice just sitting in the shade and snapping photos. (There were a bunch of really cool korean girls taking photos in this area so we waited for them to leave and then copied their poses / photo locations hahaha!!)

If you’re planning on going, do bring some water and food. We hadn’t planned very well, and had to pick up overpriced snacks at the little cafe. I ended up getting a little peanut butter & jelly sandwich, but that was still something like $2.50 (aka like $10CAD, *damn you exchange rate!!*)

Megan did buy a bottle of ~Fiji Water~, so I’ll leave you with this ultra instagrammable and super aesthetically pleasing photo.

It was a lovely and relaxing day at the Getty. As I said before, it’s free, so definitely make sure to pop by if you’re ever in the area! After our trip, we drove down to Santa Monica for Third Street Prominate, Ocean Ave, and the famous Santa Monica Pier. More on that in my next travel post.

Thanks for reading! You can check out last year’s California travel posts here, as well as a look at the places we ate at.

Have you ever visited Bel Air? Have you been to the Getty? Who is your favourite artist? Are there any famous buildings that are on your to-see bucket list?

1 Comment

  1. December 3, 2016

    well laid out blog Sache. Keep up the good work.


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