Learn and play with your kids in the Getty Center.
Address : 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Hours : Open 10 am–5:30 pmSaturday 10 am–9 pm Closed Mondays, Holiday closures: Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1 Admission
Admission to the Getty Center is always FREE
Parking is $15 per car; $10 after 3 pm.
More than 15 people in your group? Please make a Group Reservation.
Getting to the Getty Museum After you park ($15, $10 after 3pm) underground, it's necessary to take a monorail up to the museum itself. For kids it's a dose of Disneyland magic, and for parents it's a chance to sit back, relax, and enjoy the view of the freeway below from a safe distance
Things to know
When you arrive to the Entrance Hall, pick up an art detective card to use while exploring the galleries, garden and architecture.
Hop into the Family Room in the East Pavilion where the tadpoles can draw, build, play with camera lenses and mirrors, hunt for treasure through peepholes or take a rest in an 18thcentury aristocrat bed.
You cannot use child-carrying backpacks in the museum.
You can use strollers.
They provide free standard strollers and wheelchairs at the Lower Tram Station and at the coat check in the Museum Entrance Hall.
There is a lot of outdoor time at the Getty as you travel between buildings and admire the grounds. Use the free umbrellas to protect yourself from rain or intense sunshine.
All public restrooms have diaper-changing stations.A family restroom with a unisex stall and a private nursing area is in the South Pavilion.
Baby bottles are the only food or drink allowed in galleries.
Bring a blanket to enjoy sitting on the lawn.
Draw, Build, Play Decorate a giant illuminated manuscript with your own designs. Build a tube sculpture, take your place in a parade scene in a painting, or play with camera lenses and a wall of mirrors.
Tired? Relax and read on a luxurious bed just like an 18th-century French aristocrat.
Hunt for Art Treasure Gaze through nearly 70 peepholes on the treasure-hunt walls to see interesting details from works of art in the Getty Museum's collection.
You and your kids will enjoy roaming the galleries afterward to find the art you've spied through the peepholes.
Information in the Family Room is offered in English and Spanish.
Free GettyGuide Multimedia Player
Just inside the Museum Entrance Hall, you can leave your license to check out an iPod touch and headphones for each member of your party. This will provide insights and commentary on the art in the language of your choice. Just type in a code for the art or exhibit and it will walk you through. There are lots of tour options when visiting the Getty Center with kids! Children ages 6 and up will enjoy the jazzed up Family Tour while learning about art. Tad enjoyed the Demons, Angels, and Monsters supernatural art audio tour, narrated by tweens and a few monsters. You can hear animals in the
Insightful commentary from curators, conservators, and artists on over 300 works of art in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center and in special exhibitions.A tour of highlights of the collection is included in Brazilian Portuguese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish.A visual descriptions audio tour offers detailed descriptions of works in the Museum's collection for visitors with visual impairments and those seeking an in-depth looking experience.Children ages 6 and up can listen to fun facts about art jazzed up with music, sound effects, and more on the Family Tour, available in English and Spanish. It's a great way for families to learn about art together.By kids, for kids, our witty Demons, Angels, and Monstersaudio tour looks at the supernatural in art and features the voices of tweens and a few demons, angels, and monsters.
Explore Central Garden
by going upstairs, across the main plaza, and down again. Take some time to really explore everything Robert Irwin’s fine garden design has to offer; you’ll probably end up doing more winding around that you expected, and that’s great! Follow the zigzag path down to the waterfall, and walk to the museum ground’s edge for yet another spectacular view. Can you hear the sound of the water trickling down over the stones as you move up the hill.
Bring a blanket for free garden concerts for kids
Grammy-winners and kid favorites Dan Zanes and Secret Agent 23 Skidoo have put on concerts here, so even though the talent for August has yet to be announced it's sure to be great. Just remember that you can bring a picnic blanket to enjoy the show, but lawn chairs are not allowed.
One of the nice things about visiting the Getty Museum with kids is that they have a nice restaurant (reservations recommended) and cafés. There is a large cafeteria-style café below the restaurant with surprisingly tasty food and plenty of kid-friendly favorites. There are smaller food carts located around the property. You can bring your own picnic and enjoy it near a fountain or on the lawn
Center for Photographs :
head across the plaza to the West Pavilion, which is houses one spectacular photography exhibit after another. The shows range from historic (Walker Evants) to iconic (Herb Ritts, shown here), as the Getty’s archivists do their part to set this recent art form into the books with style. Currently, works by Hiroshi Hamaya, Kansuke Yamamoto, and Ed Ruscha are on display. Hamaya’s and Yamamoto’s works, a part of the “Japan’s Divide” exhibit, document their responses to the increasing modernity in Japan in the 20th century, and are a great way to expose kids to alternative styles of art. Ruscha’s photography focuses on buildings and locations in Los Angeles, offering a fascinating history of the city that will delight museum goers of all ages. You can also see Ed Ruscha’s photo books on display through September 2013, as part of the Pacific Standard Time initiative’s Overdrive exhibit.
Van Gogh’s Irises: On the second floor of the West Pavilion is Irises, perhaps one of the most famous works at the Getty. Be prepared: that will be one of the most crowded areas in the museum. Irises is one of the most expensive works of art ever purchased, but the Getty never discloses the exact price. Seventeen years before the Getty acquired the piece, Australian industrialist Alan Bond paid $53.9 million for it. Add a word to your kids’ vocabulary by letting them know Van Gogh was a famous impressionist painter. Impressionists are known for their paintings of nature, and intended their pieces to be representations of objects that one catches only a short glimpse of (hence the somewhat undefined lines and splashes of color in Van Gogh’s work).
Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Garden:
End your visit by stopping by the outdoor sculpture garden. Get there by going about halfway back out of the Central Garden, and walking to the right towards a set of ramps. They will lead you to a delightful sculpture display, with five different bronze pieces by René Margritte, Aristide Maillol, Barbara Hepworth, and Henry Moore.
Lots of things to enjoy.