Requesting Loans from the J. Paul Getty Museum



Please direct any loan requests to:

Timothy Potts
Director
The J. Paul Getty Museum
1200 Getty Center Drive
Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Please note the J. Paul Getty Museum typically lends only to public or private museums and other accredited institutions.


Loans from the Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture & Decorative Arts, Manuscripts, and Antiquities Collections

Written requests for loans from the Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture & Decorative Arts, Manuscripts, and Antiquities Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum must be submitted with exact opening and closing dates for the exhibition no later than 6 months in advance of the opening date (this also applies to changes to original requests). For loans of drawings, we are unable to lend to more than 1 venue and the display period cannot exceed 20 weeks. Display limits for other types of loan objects will be determined on a case-by-case basis.


Loans from the Photographs Collection

Written requests for loans from the Photographs Collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum must be submitted with exact opening and closing dates for the exhibition no later 9 months in advance of the opening date if requesting under 30 objects, and if more than 30, 12 months in advance (this also applies to changes to original requests). For photograph loans, we are unable to lend to more than 3 venues, with a display period of 20 weeks or less at each venue.


Approval Process

Loans will be made to qualified institutions for exhibition, display, or other educational purposes based on criteria which includes the condition of the object and its ability to withstand the rigors of transport, handling, and public display, as well as the ability of the borrower to handle, install, secure, display, and otherwise care for the object safely. The J. Paul Getty Museum may choose not lend an object if its display is necessary to maintain the integrity of the Getty Museum's visitor experience. We also are unable to lend objects which are subject to over-exposure because of their previous exhibition history. We greatly appreciate a longer lead time for loan requests involving multiple objects. As is standard practice, the borrower will be responsible for packing, shipping, insurance, and courier costs.


All venues must:



When the J. Paul Getty Museum agrees to consider a loan request we will ask for an American Association of Museums Standard Facility Report or equivalent in English for all venues.

Please note that paintings, drawings, manuscript leaves, and photographs are shipped in Getty Museum frames. For photograph loans, the opportunity to select from the Getty's frame inventory is possible if arranged at least 7 months in advance of the opening date. Three-dimensional objects are shipped with Getty Museum mounts unless the Getty Museum approves the borrower's mounts in advance.