Monday, March 16, 2009

The Getty Center & The Getty Villa

Visits to the Getty Center in Brentwood and the Getty Villa in Malibu are worth the time and effort. Both campuses of the Getty Museum are visitor- and the general public-friendly. Admission is free, you pay for parking, they are open late on Saturdays, they a have courses, lectures, concerts. We saw such a variety of people, seemingly all engaged and enjoying the experiences. The restaurants offered reasonably priced and interesting food. There were picnic spots, gardens to stroll in, places to just hang out. It is hard to imagine the wealth it took to build these two places, maintain them, create a conservation institute, run training programs,etc. The Getty Center focuses on Western art form the Middle Ages to the present. The Getty Villa focuses on Roman and Greek ancient art and life.

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