If you want to experience a European day in Los Angeles for $50 or less, turn off the TV and head to The Getty Center.
With works from Degas, Bernini, Renoir, and Vincent van Gogh (his “Irises” are on permanent display), as well as the many live events and rotating exhibits, this museum is the perfect day getaway for art, nature, and culture in a refined setting.
Museum entry is free but parking is $15. If you don’t want to pay the $15, there are places where you can park your car for free and take public transportation to the Getty.
Save that parking money to eat at the museum’s formal restaurant, casual café, or to grab something from the coffee cart. Box lunches are available to take to the museum’s central garden or to one of the many picnic tables that resemble those found at the parks in Paris.
If you want to be really Eurocana, pack your own picnic lunch (fancy tablecloth/blanket and all) and bring it to the Getty (the museum allows you to bring your own food). Scope out a spot with a great view – the museum grants you panoramas from downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean. Try the South Pavilion Terrace. Also, as you take the tram up to the museum, look to your left as you approach the loading dock. You will see a set of semi-private tables.
The beauty of this museum is both the artwork inside and the architecture and landscaping on the outside. Spend the day admiring both. Watch artists surround Van Gogh’s Irises with their sketchbooks. Maybe even bring your own art supplies to create something when you’re inspired.
Look closely at the 1.2 million square feet of travertine stone brought in from Bagni di Tivoli, Italy to create the museum’s modernist complex situated on a 110-acre hillside in the Santa Monica Mountains.
In true Eurocana style, take your time when you’re at The Getty.
Please don’t rush.
1200 Getty Center Drive. Los Angeles, CA 90049 / Tuesday–Friday and Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. Closed Mondays. Parking lot opens 9:30 a.m.