Gifts of Art

Connway Castle, North Wales (detail), 1798, Joseph Mallord William Turner. Watercolor and gum arabic with graphite underdrawing. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Founded by J. Paul Getty in 1953, the Getty began as a small museum in Malibu. Since that time, individuals have generously contributed works of art and funds to purchase art to add to the Getty’s growing collection. 

Artworks and documents that enter the Getty’s permanent collection receive unparalleled visibility, study, and care, thanks to the collective work of the Getty's talented and dedicated professional staff, who are leaders in their fields.

Whether you are donating a single work of art or an entire collection, choosing the Getty as the permanent home for your art allows for:

  • Public presentation and access to your donated works of art
  • Long-term care of your art through the Getty’s world-class conservation facilities and expertise
  • Continued research and study that provides new insights into the work that are then shared with a broad audience
  • Stability through being housed at a preeminent arts institution with a well-managed endowment

If you are considering a gift of art or documentary material, please contact us at or 310-440-7700 to discuss your proposed gift. Please note that all gifts of art or documentary material must be reviewed by the Getty prior to acceptance. For further information concerning the J. Paul Getty Museum's Collection Policy, please see here.