Even if you've never been there, you've probably seen The Getty Center from afar; that huge building of white travertine perched atop the Santa Monica Mountains. Named after oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, who established the J. Paul Getty Museum Trust in 1953, the Richard Meier-designed complex contains a vast collection of European and American art from the 1600s to present day in an architecturally pleasing modern space. The grounds have outdoor sculptures, beautiful water features and a spectacular Robert Irwin-designed Central Garden where many picnic and relax. Otherwise there’s a restaurant, café and covered Garden Terrace from which to enjoy those never-ending city views. Best part? The futuristic-looking train that transports you from street level to the museum, up top. Admission is free.
The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles
+1 310 440 7300