The J. Paul Getty Museum, commonly referred to as the Getty Museum, is a renowned art institution located in Los Angeles, California. Its history is deeply intertwined with the life and legacy of its founder, J. Paul Getty. The museum’s origins can be traced back to the mid-20th century when J. Paul Getty, an American industrialist and philanthropist, began collecting art. In 1954, he opened the J. Paul Getty Museum in his home in the Pacific Palisades, displaying his growing collection of European paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts.
Over the years, the Getty Museum’s collection expanded significantly, and in 1974, it moved to its current location in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. The museum’s stunning architecture and beautifully landscaped grounds are as much a part of its appeal as its world-class art collection. Today, the Getty Museum encompasses two campuses: the Getty Center, dedicated to European art and featuring works from the Middle Ages to the present, and the Getty Villa, which focuses on ancient Greek, Roman, and Etruscan art. The Getty Museum has become a cultural treasure in Southern California and a center for art scholarship and conservation, furthering J. Paul Getty’s vision of making art and culture accessible to the public.