Things to Do in Los Angeles
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J. Paul Getty was an extremely rich man, as well as being an avid art collector and philanthropist. Family members have said he was stingy towards them (check out the movie, “All the Money in the World” for an insider glimpse), but his high regard for great art was unparalleled and he could afford to buy it. Thankfully, he left it to the world to share.
Getty began his first art museum at home, at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, but it has since grown to a huge complex located in Brentwood (part of Los Angeles) that houses several buildings including “The Getty” art gallery and library. This facility and complex opened in 1997 at a cost of $1.3 billion. The architecture is stunning, the views of L.A. breathtaking.
Getty Centre, part of the vast Getty Trust, hosts 1.5 million visitors each year. People love to walk the gardens and gaze at works of art by the likes of Monet, Van Gogh and Cézanne. He may not have treated his family well, but he has been more than generous to the public at large; Getty Centre is a gift to mankind.