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Getty Center versus Getty Villa

Old Apr 10, 15, 1:23 am
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Getty Center versus Getty Villa

First time in LA, only have time to visit either of them. The visit will be in the morning we leave LA and heading on the HWY1. Travelling as a couple.

I was leaning towards the Getty Villa because on the map it looks like it's "on the way" and the Getty Center is in Brentwood which looks like a detour if our general direction is LA->Santa Barbara.

However, Tripadvisor has the Getty Center as its #1 attraction in LA and basically all the travel guides say "don't miss the Getty". Has anyone visited both and can offer an opinion? Also, will visiting the Getty Center really be a major detour if travelling from Hollywood towards Santa Barbara?

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Old Apr 10, 15, 1:25 am
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The views from the Villa are super. I'd opt for that.

http://www.getty.edu/visit/villa/plan/

Some of the choice comes down to how focused you are on certain types of art vs. the view and grounds.
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Old Apr 10, 15, 3:24 am
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The Villa, in Malibu, was the original museum and held Mr. Getty's original collection of antiquities, European paintings and decorative furnishings. After Mr. Getty's death, he left most of his vast fortune to the Getty Trust, which vastly expanded the collections and built the Getty Center to house most of the collection, the art conservation and educational faclities (the antiquities stayed in the Malibu villa).

Generally speaking, the two locations are NOT that far apart - the Center is adjacent to the 405 (San Diego Freeway) north of Sunset Boulevard, which affords easy access to the Pacific Coast Highway (California Route 1). Essentially, from Hollywood, you could take Sunset Boulevard directly to the Center - taking Sunset to its terminus places you (almost) at the entrance to the Villa.

So as Doc Savage states, it's really a question of what you want to see, art-wise and view-wise.
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Old Apr 10, 15, 5:16 am
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Originally Posted by Non-NonRev View Post
The Villa, in Malibu, was the original museum and held Mr. Getty's original collection of antiquities, European paintings and decorative furnishings. After Mr. Getty's death, he left most of his vast fortune to the Getty Trust, which vastly expanded the collections and built the Getty Center to house most of the collection, the art conservation and educational faclities (the antiquities stayed in the Malibu villa).

Generally speaking, the two locations are NOT that far apart - the Center is adjacent to the 405 (San Diego Freeway) north of Sunset Boulevard, which affords easy access to the Pacific Coast Highway (California Route 1). Essentially, from Hollywood, you could take Sunset Boulevard directly to the Center - taking Sunset to its terminus places you (almost) at the entrance to the Villa.

So as Doc Savage states, it's really a question of what you want to see, art-wise and view-wise.
The villa and its gardens are beautiful, too.
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Old Apr 10, 15, 10:13 am
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Originally Posted by Doc Savage View Post
The views from the Villa are super. I'd opt for that.

http://www.getty.edu/visit/villa/plan/

Some of the choice comes down to how focused you are on certain types of art vs. the view and grounds.
The panoramic views of the Los Angeles basin from the Getty Center are pretty spectacular too.

The Visit the Getty site has a comparison between the two museums and introductory videos.

Personally, while I like and enjoy both, I think that the Villa is the more unique of the two.
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