LOS ANGELES— Beginning July 1, visitors to the Getty Center and Getty Villa will have new paperless ways to access information about what’s going on at the Getty.
The Museum’s GettyGuide® multimedia player will now be available free of charge at the Center and Villa, offering audio and video about the collection and special exhibitions, including a tour for the visually impaired that features detailed descriptions of works in the Museum’s collection at both sites, and fun thematic tours of the Center for families and adults. Collection highlights tours are available in Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Russian at the Center, and in Spanish and English at the Villa.
For those with smartphones, Google Goggles™ coverage has significantly expanded at the Getty Center, to include 60% of the objects on display. Using the Google Goggles app, visitors can instantly identify artworks in the collection, plus access related information and audio.
Smartphones also come in handy in determining what to do and see at the Getty. Instead of grabbing a paper map and guide, visitors can now use their smartphones to find out about daily events, lectures and tours, browse Cafe and Restaurant menus, make reservations at the Restaurant, consult a map of the site, and tell others about their visit with new, welcoming mobile home pages: www.getty.edu/atcenter
In addition, the Wi-Fi network, GettyLink, has been expanded on both the Center and the Villa campuses, so that more public spaces and galleries are included, making it easier than ever to use mobile devices onsite.
“These steps deepen the visitor experience by providing more and richer information about our collections and exhibitions,” said Jim Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust. “It also helps reduce our reliance on paper and we are always looking for greener ways to do things at the Getty.” The Getty Center has a Silver-level LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Visitors can try out the free GettyGuides at the Getty Center in Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line, a major international loan exhibition opening on July 3, marking the 150th anniversary of Klimt’s birth, and Herb Ritts: LA Style, which continues throughout the summer.
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The J. Paul Getty Museum collects in seven distinct areas, including Greek and Roman antiquities, European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture and decorative arts, and photographs gathered internationally. The Museum’s mission is to make the collection meaningful and attractive to a broad audience by presenting and interpreting the works of art through educational programs, special exhibitions, publications, conservation, and research.
Visiting the Getty Center
From June 1–September 21, 2012, the Getty Center is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is closed Monday and major holidays. Admission to the Getty Center is always free. Parking is $15 per car, but reduced to $10 after 5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and for evening events throughout the week. No reservation is required for parking or general admission. Reservations are required for event seating and groups of 15 or more. Please call (310) 440-7300 (English or Spanish) for reservations and information. The TTY line for callers who are deaf or hearing impaired is (310) 440-7305. The Getty Center is at 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, California.
Visiting the Getty Villa
The Getty Villa is open Wednesday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Tuesday and major holidays. Admission to the Getty Villa is always free. A ticket is required for admission. Tickets can be ordered in advance, or on the day of your visit, at www.getty.edu/visit or at (310) 440-7300. Parking is $15 per car. Groups of 15 or more must make reservations by phone. For more information, call (310) 440-7300 (English or Spanish); (310) 440-7305 (TTY line for the deaf or hearing impaired). The Getty Villa is at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, California.
Additional information is available at www.getty.edu.
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