Each gallery has computer-controlled louvers near the ceiling that limit the amount of natural light that comes into the gallery. Coupled with a system of cool and warm artificial light, the system facilitates viewing the paintings in the same natural light in which they were painted.
Seeing the Getty Museum Los Angeles Collections
The extensive collection of the Getty Museum Los Angeles is housed in five separate buildings, named simply by their location (east, west, etc.) and organized chronologically. In each building, the ground floor is dedicated to sculpture, decorative arts and the like, with paintings upstairs.
- North Building: Items from before 1600 including illuminated manuscripts
- East and South Buildings: 1600 to 1800
- West Building: After 1800, including the Van Gogh Irises and photography collection
- Research Institute: Changing exhibitions
To learn more about what you're seeing, check the daily schedule when you arrive for gallery talks and docent tours, or rent a GettyGuide audio tour (highly recommended). In the sculpture garden, you can use your cell phone to get a free audio tour, or just pick up an explanatory brochure at the information desk.
More About the Getty Museum Los Angeles Collections
To read more about the Getty Museum Los Angeles collections, you may want to browse the online GettyGuide or buy The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections.