On this edition of Museums around the world, we head down south to the J. Paul Getty Museum. Now there are two locations in the Los Angeles area, The Getty Center which sits next to the 405 on a huge hill, and then there is the elegant villa which is in Malibu. For this trip we will focus on the Getty Center near the 405 Freeway.

First a little history about J.Paul Getty and the trust fund he has created. It truly is an amazing story.
J. Paul Getty viewed art as a civilizing influence in society and strongly believed in making art available to the public for its education and enjoyment. He opened the J. Paul Getty Museum to the public in 1954. This small museum, established in his ranch house in Malibu, housed collections of Greek and Roman antiquities, 18th-century French furniture, and European paintings. Fascinated with the ancient world of the Mediterranean, he later built a Roman-style villa, modeled after the Villa dei Papiri of the first century A.D.

When most of Mr. Getty’s personal estate passed to the Trust in 1982, the Trustees sought to make a greater contribution to the visual arts through an expanded museum as well as a range of new programs. The Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Research Institute, and the Grant Program were founded in the 1980s. The Grant Program became the Getty Foundation in 2005.

The J. Paul Getty Trust continues Mr. Getty’s vision, supported by directions from his will, which calls for “the diffusion of artistic and general knowledge.”

Because of his love for art and antique collections, Mr. Getty vowed that never will anyone be charged an admission to come and share his love of art. To this day, millions of people  a year come through the doors of the Getty center, and they have never been charged an admission.  this massive complex first opened its doors in 1997 and will be celebrating its 15th anniversary shortlty. It truly is a remarkable place with a huge collection. It will take you more than one day to view everything that The Getty Center has to offer.

The Getty Center has numerous daily tours with hundreds of exhibits. Go to their site for all of the details and daily activities as well as a calendar of exhibits coming and ones that are currently there. This is a must stop for all of you art lovers. Truly is a magnificint place!