April 13, 2020

Getty Postpones all Public Programming through Aug. 31

Getty Postpones all Public Programming through Aug. 31

Left: Getty Center, 2017 Photo: Elon Schoenholz © 2017 J. Paul Getty Trust.  Right: Outer Peristyle at the Getty Villa Photo: Tahnee L. Cracchiola © 2018 J. Paul Getty Trust


LOS ANGELES - Protecting the health and safety of our community and visitors through the ongoing public health crisis remains our highest priority.  As a result, public programs and special events at the Getty Center and Getty Villa will be postponed through August 31.  Our public programs and events require advance planning and notice that is not possible to predict at this time.

We will follow the direction of public health officials regarding the eventual reopening of our sites to both employees and the public. In the meantime, we welcome everyone to visit our rich array of online collections, exhibitions and library and research materials.

In response to the crisis, Getty closed both the Getty Center and Getty Villa to the public on March 14 until further notice.  Many Getty employees in curatorial activities, conservation, exhibitions, grant-making, communications and other areas are working remotely. Some employees remain on our sites to protect our treasured collections and care for our gardens and grounds. All are being compensated through the immediate crisis with full benefits, enhanced sick leave and no layoffs.  The J. Paul Getty Trust has also created a $10-million COVID-19 LA Arts Fund to provide grants to support other Los Angeles arts organizations during this crisis.

We have begun preparations to safely reopen and welcome visitors to our sites once it is clear we can do so. The exhibition and public programming calendars of the Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute are currently being evaluated.  When future details are known about reopening our sites and reinstating public programming, we will make an announcement.

We thank everyone for the very kind thoughts and for your engagement with our virtual offerings during this unprecedented time. We remain united in support of the rich cultural community that has come to define Los Angeles, and we look forward to its vibrant return.



Valerie Tate

(480) 276-2274

Getty Communications




Getty is a leading global arts organization committed to the exhibition, conservation, and understanding of the world’s artistic and cultural heritage.  Working collaboratively with partners around the globe, the Getty Foundation, Getty Conservation Institute, Getty Museum and Getty Research Institute are all dedicated to the greater understanding of the relationships between the world’s many cultures.  The Los Angeles-based J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs share art, knowledge, and resources online at and welcome the public for free at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa.

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