The Getty Centre Los Angeles
Where is it at?
The Getty Centre
1200 Getty Center Drive
Tel: 310 440-7300
Where are we going today?
Familydaysout have been lucky enough to visit the Getty Center a number of times and we always have a great time.
The museum is incredibly family-friendly and a great way of introducing younger children to art in a fun and informative way.
Set in an incredible architectural space that is more like a city than a museum, there are also lots of opportunties to enjoy the outdoor areas and wander amongst the beautiful gardens and architecture.
For younger children it's worth visiting the Family Room. Lots of touch and feel activity that's full of fun things that will also help eager minds learn about the art world. Keep an eye on the website too for lots of family based events over the yearly calender.
There are also 'Art Detective' cards that allow the children to explore the site and hunt for clues and fill in fun questions and challenges. (They are available in other languages too). This kept my children amused for hours.
For the older children and The Getty has a number of permanent exhibitions of modern and classical art and also a fantastic calender of travelling exhibitions.
Look for the voulunteers in blue vests to answer your questions and provide directions. They'll help you find the Central Garden's zigzag pathway, where hundreds of types of plants await your discovery, and guide you to other fun activities for families.
The higher points of the site also allow for some of the most incredible views across Los Angeles. The children will also enjoy the tram ride that takes you from the bottom of the parking site up to the main entrance.
It's great place to take the family if you want to immerse yourselves in a little culture and also is free entrance (apart from a small parking fee) so a great way to spend a day without breaking the bank.
When can we go?
10am - 5:30pm Tues - Thurs / 10am - 9pm Fri & Sat.
Tuesday-Sunday (closed Monday)
Get educational tips for preparing your family for a visit to the Getty Center and exploring art at a museum, and find a listing of all our Family programs and activities. See the Museum Education Department's resources for Kids and Families..
Lots of Baby bottles are allowed in the galleries; no other food or beverages are permitted. Bring your own lunch and enjoy a picnic on the lawn any of the Getty Center's public seating areas. Picnic tables and lawns are also available..
There are a number of places to purchase food or bring a packed lunch and enjoy in the garden areas or tabled areas provided..
Any Top Tips?
Although museum entry is free parking is $15 or $10 after 5pm..
Need a little extra help?
Standard strollers and wheelchairs are available at the Lower Tram Station (T1) and at the coat check desk in the Museum Entrance Hall. Worth noting that child-carrying back packs are not allowed inside the galleries..
Although baby bottles are allowed in the galleries no other food or beverages are permitted at any time..
Can I get one of those?
Lots of fun and educational souvenirs are available in a number of gift shops across the site..
What people are saying?
by LisaDowns on Jun 10th, 2014
An incredibly serene, fascinating and beautiful place. Definitely worth a visit - kids or no kids. Beautiful gardens, stunning architecture and so tranquil high above the LA skyline. Can't wait to go back again....
by Carolinep on Apr 04th, 2013
Wow, this is the most beautiful and serene place we have ever visited! Amazing art and sculpture, with gorgeous gardens and a great interactive area for the kids, the views of L.A. from here are amazing!