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1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, California 90049 | (310) 440–7300
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16 Reviews
Type: Museums & Monuments
Ages: Ages 1 — adult
Cost: Free
Hours of operation: Tu-Su 10am-6pm; Extended hours on Fr/Sa until 9pm
Website: www.getty.edu.

The Getty Museum has a spectacular set-up for families. From an Art Detective game, to hands-on art experiences, children of all ages will find something for them. To see all that is available, go to http://www.getty.edu./visit/groups/families.html.
 


16 Reviews for Getty Center

April 11 2014
3 families found this helpful
Violetwhite_word
"Art Meets Architecture"

As a designer by trade I love museums and great architecture. I want my kids to know and love these things too but I was not sure they old enough to enjoy or appreciate the experience. I took my 7 and 9 year. The Getty is a great combo of enrichment and kid-friendly activities. The museum is meant to be enjoyed inside and out which makes it perfect for young kids.

Parking: First up, parking. The parking structure actually goes down into the ground instead of up into the sky and my kids loved this. We traveled deeper and deeper into the earth imagining we were mining. I don't know why but this was just fun. Parking is $15 but the museum is free.

Tram: The monorail-esque tram winds up the hillside from the parking structure to the museum offering breathtaking views of downtown Los Angeles and the 405.

Exhibits: The docents are friendly and well-informed. I was easily able to find times for both docent lead and self lead tours via headset rentals.  We came armed with sketchpads and pencils and were offered a complimentary bag to carry our supplies. Many thanks to the kind gift shop employees.

The museum is split into several buildings with different eras of art in each. We were able to sit in front of our favorite pieces and sketch and talk quietly. Walking outside to get from building to building provided a great break for my kids.

Family building: The family area offers hands on exhibits that allow kids to interact with replicas of the art. My boy enjoyed creating his own Hockney using mirrors.

Architecture Tour: Not to be missed if your kids can handle 45 minutes of a docent talking. My 9 year old loved it. We learned all about the buildings and the architect and the setting that holds the famous art. The Getty is as much about the inside as the out and we still talk about what we learned on this tour.  

Gardens: The gardens are an experience on their own. Children can wander the paths of native vegetation or roll down the big grass hill. While screaming is not encouraged it is definitely an area where kids can move around and make some noise.

Dining: The Getty offers many options to rest and refuel. The cafeteria style Terrace Café overlooks the Pacific Ocean. There are several food carts in the courtyards that offer everything from a coke and chips to a bowl of soup. For fine dining visit the main restaurant. The food is expensive and not too kid friendly, but the service and views are amazing.

Overall, the combination of indoor and outdoor created a fantastic entree into museum love for my California crew.

June 26 2013
0 families found this helpful
Violetwhite_word
"Easy to visit with baby and definitely worth it for parents"

We visited with our 9 month old. The train ride and the museum is stroller friendly and convenient to visit even with an infant in tow. We enjoyed going through the exhibits with our baby. The cafeteria is in a beautiful open space overlooking the gardens. Though the food is pricey, it was worth it for us to eat there while enjoying the view.
Clean baby changing facilities and plenty of elevator access for the stroller.

January 16 2013
3 families found this helpful
Violetwhite_word
"Absolutely Beautiful!"

My daughter and I love to explore museums.  This is one of the most beautiful museums I have ever been to.  I was a little hesitant when I look on the current calendar of exhibits and they all seemed a bit out of her age range to appreciate.  While that was true it did not stop us from having one of the most wonderful museum days.

Parking:

Parking is available in their multilevel parking structure for $15.  Parking is on first come first serve basis & they do not except reservation.  There is limited parking on residential streets.

Tram:

To get up to the museum you can take a tram or walk.  The estimated walk time is about 15-20 minutes.  The tram runs every 5 minutes and takes about 3 minutes.  My daughter loves to ride the "train" up the hill and see the city below.

Admission:  

Admission is free which makes paying $15 for parking a lot less shocking!

Views:

I encourage you to take a look the south buildings back door.  I have never seen L.A. like this before.  It was so amazing that even today me and my girlfriend were talking about it.  We were there at sunset and it couldn't have been more magical.

Gardens:

We could have stayed out in the gardens the whole day!  We have been to many botanical gardens and NONE have ever been so beautifully manicured and loved.  The grounds are absolutely breath taking.  I'm not much of a cactus fan, but even the cactus had me gushing over them!  

Exhibits:

There are several museum buildings and all of them have beautiful exhibits.  While not all where my cup of tea they where all well done and worth taking a look at.  My daughter, being just four, did have a nice time looking at all the art and picking out her favorite in each exhibit.

Family/Children Center:

The family center was one of the highlights of my daughters day.  This is a small hands on exhibit that allows the kids to explore some of the art that they saw throughout the museum and museum grounds.  My daughter and her friend spent a good hour playing while me and my girlfriend caught up.  

Bottom line:

The bottom line is that event though the exhibits where a little mature for my daughter, it's never to early to introduce healthy learning and art.  The cost is minimal at $15 for a day of culture.  Even if the art isn't something that captivates your little ones I'm sure that your experience will be a positive one.  

October 28 2011
0 families found this helpful
Violetwhite_word
"Go Play in the Gardens"

I’m with OCPlayParks (see her review below): One of the most wonderful parts about the Getty is the outdoor space. I took my 7- and 3-year-old boys there one afternoon last week and we had a blast exploring it all. In fact, we never even went inside!

No matter when you visit, the Getty’s 134,000-square foot Central Garden is bursting with color. We had fun counting how many colors we could find as we walked the path to the center of the garden. We also loved the fountains, stream and other water features.

The Getty is free, but there is a $15 fee for parking. Kids will enjoy the tram ride up from the parking lot to the main buildings and with so much to see outside, it’s a good value for your money. Expect to spend at least a couple of hours here – and that’s just for playing outside.

One note for visiting with kids: As much as I’d like to say they can play to their hearts’ content here, I’d be lying. My eager 3-year-old was warned by museum staff twice not to step into the fountains (which were extremely inviting to a 3-year-old, of course).

February 16 2011
1 family found this helpful
Violetwhite_word
"Enough to see outside"

I was hesitant to visit the Getty thinking it wasn't okay to go with young kids from reviews that I'd read. So the first time I went alone. I'm totally bringing my kids back next time!  We wouldn't even need to go inside. The gardens are huge and the views are incredible.  It's $15 to park, but that's worth it for an hour or two. I'd bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn. The kids would enjoy the lawn. Pick a nice clear day and enjoy strolling around. Look at the fountains and follow the views out to Catalina Island and back up to the mountains.

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bmschuette
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January 13 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Oh the Getty"

It is free to get in, you need only pay around $7 for parking (kinda a scam, but whatever) Then you take a scenic tram ride up to the top of the hill and get off at the getty which is completely covered in limestone, its beautiful. They have a short movie show that you can wait to start if you want but its not too information packed. The different buildings represent different time periods of art, then there's the photography, and the rotating exhibit buildings. The rotating exhibits are always amazing! I would check them out. It can be annoying to have screaming kids in a quite art gallery, so please only take well behaved kids. The food is pretty good, but extremely expensive! It's actually more fun to pack a picnic and sit on the grass that looks over the gardens and waterfalls, and the kids can play for hours. I saw a couple with sushi there once.

missdriggs
missdriggs
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January 11 2011
0 families found this helpful
Violetwhite_word
"Fun for teens and all"

It is a museum but it is free admission (although it is $15 for parking). They have tons of things to look at and special exhibits from time to time. The parking is a little funny you can go to getty.edu to find schedules to take the train and the bus as well if you don't want to fight the traffic. Definitely a place to visit!

February 13 2011
0 families found this helpful
Violetwhite_word
"I love the getty!"

FYI parking is free Saturdays after 5..otherwise its 15 dollars to park and admission is always free.  This museum is just gorgeous and the view is stunning.  We have taken our young children there before and my 6 year old thinks its pretty cool, but my 3 year old only likes it for a short while.  They do have a hands on kids area and its good, but small.  This is my favorite art museum in Los Angeles and I am a firm believer that exposing children to art early will spark an appreciation later on.  

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Myeerah
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December 23 2010
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Violetwhite_word
"Great Art, Hard with Kids"

Most of this place is really geared towards adults, as its fine art with strict rules. But there are a few places that the kids really enjoy including the garden and the kids room. The kids room has some replicas of the masterpieces elsewhere in the Center, and the kids love seeing a version they can touch or sit on or play with. Also, be sure to try and check out the computer piano show in the main lobby if it's still on display. It's a neat science type experiment where this huge room size piano plays notes that are read as large squares on paper.

maimai19
maimai19
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December 23 2010
0 families found this helpful
Violetwhite_word
"For art lovers"

A good place to go if you're an art lover.  Smalll kids will not enjoy there because they can not touch any of the displays.  Even the bigger ones won't enjoy it unless they're really into art. I have not been to the family exhibit mentioned in the prior review. I will check it out on my next visit.  

Vicki D
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December 23 2010
1 family found this helpful
Violetwhite_word
"Free Admission, Family Exhibit Area"

I took my son here for the first time when he was 2.5 years old.  First, the admission is free but you do pay to park your car.  There is plentiful parking in the parking lot.  A little tram goes up the hill, and you have the most beautiful view of Los Angeles on the way up, while the kids enjoy the train ride.  Very fun!

There is a family exhibit area that is small, but nice because your little one can explore and you don't have to run too far to help them.  There are attendants there that are volunteers I think.  Some of them are very lenient and others will watch your kids like a hawk.  

The gardens are also great for kids, a maze of gardens, trees, flowers, grass, waterfalls to explore and run through.  

We also took my son to a photography exhibit which he liked for a whole of five minutes.

The Getty is kinda fancy, and oddly an adult place that accommodates children and families very nicely. We will be back at some point.

kimpan
kimpan
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December 23 2010
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Violetwhite_word
"Beautiful museum/center"

This museum is beautiful!  It's situated up in the hills off of 405 freeway in the bel-air/westwood area.  There is a tram that takes you up there from the parking lot. The views from the museum are absolutely breathtaking.  The gardens are stunning.  When you go inside, there are tons of beautiful artwork and displays.  Good educational experience for kids.  Younger kids (toddlers) might get somewhat bored quickly but older kids should enjoy everything that the museum has to offer.  The restaurants are also good.  

The great thing about this place is that it is FREE to enter.  You can take the entire family and it's free - you just pay for parking (which is $15, I believe).  Definitely worth going to!

kamundse
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December 23 2010
3 families found this helpful
Violetwhite_word
"Amazing but tricky with smaller kids"

If you have small kids, going to the Getty may be very frustrating.  The place is amazing and the art collection is world class.  But, small children have a hard time being quiet, not running, and not touching.  It is a real bummer to walk into a room of Monet's, Van Gogh's, and more and have to move on after 2 minutes because your kids can't stay still.  Our oldest can do this museum with no problem but our younger children cannot.  My advice is if your kids are all at least 10, you'll have a great time.  If they are younger, wait.

December 23 2010
0 families found this helpful
Violetwhite_word
"Fun with the Family"

This landmark complex on a dramatic hilltop location commands breathtaking views of Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Mountains, and the Pacific. Its vast collection of art defies imagination. The 110-acre complex, designed by Richard Meier, is designed as a nexus for families and neighbors, as well as scholars and students. It all begins with a tram ride
to the summit, where your family will be awed by panoramic views of the L.A. area. The center will fascinate every family member, even the two year-
olds in strollers with microscopic attention spans.
At the central plaza, you’ll find gardens, terraces, and dramatic architecture and a wonderful
cafe. Start your exploration by viewing the orientation film so you can best decide how to spend the next few hours. There are five two-story pavilions around an open courtyard. Each gallery pavilion has an information room: Stop here to watch an artist carve a block of marble or have your kids handle a piece of wood. These hands-on experiences are accentuated by ongoing films, concerts, and demonstrations.
Try to visit on the weekends when family festivals give you and your kids “new ideas about the cultures and people behind the art.” Just to give you a hint of the magnitude of the collection, there are fourteen galleries of French furniture and decorative arts, including four eighteenth-century paneled rooms.
For more Getty art, check out the Getty Villa in Malibu, approximately 25 miles west of downtown L.A. (See the Malibu section for more information.)

Gretchen
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December 23 2010
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Violetwhite_word
"Huge!"

This museum is the one you see up at the top of the hill as you sit in traffic on the 405. We loved visiting during the family festivals. There is so much to see, so much inspiration for your children's creative endeavors.  I also love the resources on the website for curriculum that you can use alongside your visit to the museum.

Grandma Dot
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December 23 2010
2 families found this helpful
Violetwhite_word
"architecture and landscapes"

The Getty Center has beautifully landscaped gardens, where young and old can stroll among variegated plants, uniques displays of bougainvillas and vines, architecturally paved and curved out streams.  You can sit and gaze at a green maze planted within a pool, or walk beside textured walls of stone and stairs that look out to surprising cactus gardens and a breathtaking view of Los Angeles.
Exquisite buildings house several museum areas, where permanent collections, changing exhibits and fine art are displayed.  There is a lower floor dedicated to families, complete with interesting play areas and hands-on activities for children.  Lunch and snacks are available in a large outdoor cafe overlooking the gardens.
Visitors get a free tram ride up and down the hill to the museum grounds.  Admission is free to all.  Parking is $10 per car if you don't come by public transportation.  
http://www.getty.edu/visit/

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