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Getty Center Aerial View

The Getty Center and 405 Freeway seen from Airship Ventures Hollywood Studios Zeppelin Air Tour, Los Angeles, CA

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The J. Paul Getty Museum's collection is divided between the Getty Villa, in the Museum's original location above Malibu, and the newer Getty Center on a hilltop in Brentwood just off the 405 freeway. While Greek and Roman antiquities are the focus of the collection at the Getty Villa, the Getty Center houses the Getty's collection of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present.

Although the immense collection of art that rotates through the Getty Center is impressive in itself, when you combine it with Richard Meier's architecture and Robert Irwin's gardens, it's an unbeatable combination. It can also be a little overwhelming if you try to see everything all in one visit.

Even if you're not a museum person, strolling the grounds or enjoying a picnic in the gardens is a lovely way to spend an afternoon in Los Angeles.

Don't forget your camera! From this hilltop fortress you'll get some of the best views in LA.

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