April 28, 2016

Getty Announces Summer Hours and Outdoor Events

Getty Center and Getty Villa Both Add Evening Hours for Summer Weekends

Valerie Tate
Getty Communications
(310) 440-6861 

LOS ANGELES – Summer is almost here, and both the Getty Center and Getty Villa are offering extended evening hours beginning in May.

From May 8 through September 4, the Getty Center will remain open until 9:00 pm on Fridays and 7:00 pm on Sundays; its regular Saturday evening hours, open until 9:00 pm, extend year-round.

From May 28 through August 27, the Getty Villa will remain open on Saturdays until 9:00 pm, creating an opportunity to linger in the galleries and enjoy twilight in the gardens.

The Getty Villa will be open on Monday, May 30, Memorial Day, and Monday, July 4, Independence Day. The Getty Center will be closed both holidays.

Not only will visitors have more time to visit both sites with these extended hours, they can also enjoy a reduced parking rate of $10 after 4:00 pm, Friday through Sunday at the Center and Saturday at the Villa.

Enjoy special events at both the Getty Center and the Getty Villa this summer.

Getty Center

Saturdays off the 405
Left: jennylee. Photo by Mia Kirby Right: Moses Sumney

One of the Getty’s most popular events, this outdoor music series offers evening views of the city and the chance to enjoy stimulating summer exhibitions in a relaxed atmosphere. The evenings feature performances by up-and-coming bands, along with DJ sets to open and close the night.

Mark your calendar. Dates for Saturdays off the 405 are May 21, June 18, July 9, July 23, and August 27. Check out for updates on scheduled performers.

Friday Flights

Friday Flights brings together a wide range of Los Angeles–based creative thinkers working across artistic mediums for a vibrant evening of sounds and sights. An inter-disciplinary series of happenings spanning contemporary classical music, artist-made interventions, electronic music, sound-based installations, poetry, dance, film, and more spreads out across the Getty Center from galleries to gardens.

Dates for Friday Flights are June 10, July 15, July 29, and August 26. Performers will be announced on

Family Festival

On June 11, navigate the myriad cultures of the Silk Road and beyond in this family festival inspired by the exhibitions Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road and Traversing the Globe through Illuminated Manuscripts. With hands-on workshops and interactive events, children and their parents can make their own books, learn how to write Chinese characters, witness the beauty of calligraphy from the Middle Kingdom, be entranced by stories of Buddha in animal forms, and feel the world’s interconnectedness through music and dance from China to Iran.

Getty Villa

Alan Nakagawa: Myth Not Myth

In June at the Getty Villa, L.A.-based artist Alan Nakagawa presents several interactive sculptures he created in response to conversations with a Getty conservator, curator, and educator about mythology and misperceptions regarding the study of antiquities. The free presentation will take place in the Getty Villa’s Outer Peristyle garden from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and again from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays, June 11, 18, and 25.

Roman Mosaics: Evolution, Imagery, and Regional Characteristics

In a free lecture at the Getty Villa on June 16, archaeologist Demetrios Michaelides examines the development of mosaics as an art form, their spread throughout the Roman Empire, and their contribution to our understanding of the ancient world. Advance ticket is required.

Tea by the Sea

Every Thursday and Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Tea by the Sea at the Getty Villa is served. This special dining experience is inspired by the Mediterranean herbs, vegetables, and fruits that grow in the Villa’s gardens. Feast on a Mediterranean-influenced menu of sweet and savory sandwiches and pastries, along with fruits, cheeses, and a selection of teas. After tea, you can tour the Villa’s authentically re-created first-century Roman gardens with knowledgeable docents, then spend the rest of the afternoon savoring the Villa’s exhibitions and permanent collection. $36 per person. Please reserve in advance. Call (800) 369-3059 or email

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Visiting the Getty Center
The Getty Center is open Tuesday through Friday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is closed Monday and most major holidays. Admission to the Getty Center is always free. Parking is $15 per car, but reduced to $10 after 4 p.m. 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 most major holidays, open on July 4. Admission to the Getty Villa is always free, but a ticket is required for admission. Tickets can be ordered in advance, or on the day of your visit, at or at (310) 440-7300. Parking is $15 per car, but reduced to $10 after 4 p.m. 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.

Same-day parking at both Museum locations (Getty Center and Getty Villa) is available for $15 through the Getty’s Pay Once, Park Twice program.

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