About The Getty Center Los Angeles

The Getty Center Attraction in LA

The Getty Center is a 24-acre campus that houses the Getty Foundation, Getty Conservation Institute, J. Paul Getty Trust and the Getty Research Institute. It is located on a hilltop in the Santa Monica Mountains in Brentwood. The Center was opened in December 1997. It is known worldwide for its unique permanent collection of modern and contemporary sculpture, 19th and 20th century American, Asian and European photographs, illuminated manuscripts and European drawings and paintings. Here are some interesting things to do and see at the Getty Center.

Getty Guide

The Getty Guide hosts hundreds of artworks right at your fingertips. It features audio recordings, featuring videos, commentary and detailed information from artists, conservator and curators. The Getty Guide is a must visit, especially if you are an art lover. Getty Guide highlights tours are offered in several languages, including Portuguese, Brazilian, Spanish and Mandarin. A family tour is also available in Spanish and English for kids above six years. The kids’ tours mainly include fun facts about art and sound effects and music usually accompany it.

Public Programs

The Getty Center provides a variety of public programs which are presented through the Getty360 initiative. The summer schedule is the most famous, and it includes Saturday Off-the-405, which is a popular outdoor music series that features live performances. All year-round activities include curated film series, family events, culinary workshops, studio courses and free lectures and conferences.


The Getty Center has two famous gardens; the Central Garden and the cactus garden. The Central Garden presents your eyes with unique plants to admire. It is at the heart of the Getty Center, and its ever-changing artwork makes it a perfect place to spend your afternoon. It has peaceful sanctuaries tree-lined paths, over 500 different species of plants. On the other hand, the Cactus Garden provides a perfect blend of structure and elegance thanks to its spectacular view of city silhouettes.


The artwork at The Getty Center is not solely comprised of indoor galleries. There are 28 contemporary and modern outdoor sculptures which are located all over the campus. They are integrated with the Getty’s architecture and environment to give a memorable outdoor art experience. The Department of Photographs at the Museum holds over 36,000 individual prints, 40,000 mounted prints, 2,500 daguerreotypes and 30,000 stereographs. The works are light-sensitive, and they are not on permanent display. Instead, they are displayed as rotating exhibitions in the 7,000 sq. foot Photographs Center in the West Pavilion.

The Getty Center hosts 1.3 million visitors a year, thanks to its spectacular city views, lush gardens, fine art exhibitions and impressive culture. You can make the Getty Center your destination for your next vacation for both recreational and educational purposes. During your visit, be sure to check into The Inn At 657 and make it your home when away from home. The Inn has a supportive team of staff who work day and night to ensure your stay is stress-free. Their unique and excellent services will certainly make you feel like prolonging your vacation.

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About Exposition Park Los Angeles

Exposition Park Los Angeles

You may not have heard about Exposition Park. It is an extremely popular attraction site that is situated in southern Los Angeles, California. It’s under the management of California Natural-Resources Agency.

The park borders Exposition Boulevard and South Figueroa Street on the northern and eastern sides respectively. It also borders Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard on the southern side and Menlo Avenue on the western side. Exposition Park is near The Inn at 657.

Historical Background of Exposition Park

From the year 1872 to 1910, the site was used as a fairground for agricultural activities. That is why it was originally known as Agricultural Park.

In 1880, John Downey, John Edward and Ozro Childs persuaded California State to buy 160 acres in LA to promote agricultural activities in the Southland. During that time, farmers used the grounds as a market, whereas horses and dogs competed on racetracks.

In 1909, Horace Dobbins, former Pasadena Mayor, led other civic-minded people in reforming Exposition Park by getting rid of the racetrack. They also prohibited the conduction of certain activities. As a result, the place was transformed in a beautiful park consisting of museums and attractive gardens.

The Inn at 657, one of the leading facilities in LA, is located near the park.

What attracts visitors to Exposition Park?

The following are what attracts visitors from far and wide to the park;

1. John C.A Swim Stadium.

2. Science Center School & Amgem Science Center (formerly known as California’s National Guard Armory).

3. LA Memorial Coliseum.

4. Expo Center (including the LA84 Foundation).

5. LA Memorial Sports Arena.

6. Foot and hand-prints made using concrete that were signed by Ed Begley Junior, Ben Casey as well as other famous actors.

7. Los Angeles County’s National History Museum.

8. California African-American Museum.

9. California Science Center (especially the IMAX Theatre).

10. Rose Garden.

The aforementioned cultural facilities are managed by Los Angeles County as well as the state.

Public transportation to and from Exposition Park

There’s a light railway line along the park’s northern edge that facilitates transport to and from the site. It’s also served by the Metro-Silver Line bus rapid-transit at the USC Station/ 37th Street, on the famous Harbor Transit-way.


During your visit, consider staying at The Inn at 657. It’s strategically located near Exposition Park and is renowned for delicious food, exceptional customer service and excellent facilities.

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