3. Speaking of layers, wear a few that you can peel away later if required. Visitors tend to forget that this venue is elevated and what feels like a pleasant breeze at ground level is a whooshing windy affair once in the main courtyard of the campus.
4. Yes, I called it ‘campus’. They do too. Make no mistake - this place is serious about its art. They have 6 buildings (each comprising multiple levels), 2 restaurant areas, a large courtyard connecting all of it that has two coffee stops, and a whole garden area as well. I might have missed a few things there in that description but all that to say this is a very large space you will be tackling so get ready. The struggle gets real very soon.
5. The struggle = which building to head to first, which tour to do, where to eat, and other similar scenarios. If you are a true planner and want the most bang for your buck, get on their website and plan ahead to strategize which sections you want to see and where you want to spend the most time. At just $15 per vehicle parking fee and entrance to the museum campus itself absolutely free, this is a pretty good deal. But there is No.Way.At.All that you are going to see everything you want in one day, even if you come in on the first tram and leave out on the last. I speak from experience here. Listen to the voice of reason.
7. Followed this up with the Drawing exhibit and then some of the Decorative Arts before having to call it quits for the day. Because there is only that much art your brain can take when you are trying to read and listen to everything. Some of the art has more in terms of descriptors and introductions that you can read next to each piece. A lot of the pieces have audio add-ons, which you can listen to by obtaining a self-guided audio tour at the entrance. Again, this is free and you only have to leave behind some form of ID, which you can collect when you return the audio guide.
9. Comfort is key. Dress for your comfort, wear shoes that you can walk in for long hours at a stretch, wear clothes that you will be comfy in all day long, and carry your sunnies and a hat for a warm day or a second layer for a cooler day as well. There are plenty of seating areas if you want to take a break, indoors and outside, rest rooms conveniently located and easy access options via stairways and elevators. You could even simply sit in just the courtyard area all day or even the beautiful garden, which, by the way, is a commissioned sculpture in the form of a garden!
Bonus piece of knowledge – and I am proud I asked this because the docent said it was a great question (pat on the back for moi) – if you ever wondered about the frames the art was presented in…not all pieces are acquired in frames, sometimes the museum staff has to obtain frames from that period to go with the piece of art, and if it is a travelling exhibit, then the piece might travel with its frame intact. Who knew!
One thing is certain, I will be heading back again to the Getty Center, but if you have more gems to share with me or like to tell me your experience, maybe a piece I should watch out for, feel free to comment below.