Getty Closed in Response to COVID-19

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Updated August 24, 2020

How we are responding

The Getty Center and Getty Villa are closed to the public and most staff as the region works to minimize the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). We will not reopen before January 2021.

The closure impacts the J. Paul Getty Museum locations at the Getty Center in Los Angeles and Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, as well as the gardens and grounds, and the Getty Research Institute galleries and Getty Library at the Getty Center.

As of July 13, California’s governor mandated that indoor museums must remain closed due to increasing coronavirus cases in California. There is no timeline for easing this restriction, so we do not yet have firm dates for reopening. We are preparing for an eventual reopening by putting in place measures required by Los Angeles County health officials that support the health and well-being of all visitors and staff.

When we can safely reopen, visitors will need to book free, timed-entry tickets in advance to visit the Getty Center or Getty Villa. Capacity will be very limited at both sites. Sign up for our Get Inspired e-newsletter to be among the first to hear when tickets are available.

As always, admission will be free.

We will continue to post updates here as new information becomes available.

Plans for reopening

When we can safely welcome back visitors, you can expect the following new procedures at the Getty Center and Villa. 

Timed-entry Tickets

An advance, timed-entry ticket will be required for each visitor over the age of two.

Face Coverings

All visitors over the age of two will have to wear a face covering over nose and mouth—without exception. Staff are also required to wear face coverings on site.

Temperature Check

After arrival, visitors will pass through a contactless thermal scanning area. If the scan for anyone in a party of visitors shows a fever, everyone in the party will be asked to return home and call their healthcare providers.

Physical Distancing

We will help visitors stay at least six feet apart from others by:

  • limiting capacity on each site

  • routing visitors one-way through exhibitions, galleries, and gardens

  • starting queues to enter one-way routes

  • limiting how many people can use elevators, restrooms, and the Center tram at one time

  • using signs and floor stickers 

  • spacing tables in eating areas six feet apart


High-touch surfaces such as door handles and handrails will be cleaned regularly, as will  tables, counters, and chairs in eating areas. Restrooms will be cleaned four times a day. The Center Tram will be cleaned before opening, hourly during operating hours, and after closing.

Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer will be placed near doors and other high-touch areas. 

Contact Tracing

In the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Getty Center or Villa, the name, e-mail address, and phone number used when booking tickets may be requested by and shared with public health officials to support contact tracing.

Community support

In April Getty created a $10 million fund, administered by the California Community Foundation, to support arts organizations in Los Angeles County affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The fund is open to donations by other organizations and individuals.

In March Getty donated thousands of gloves and hundreds of masks to our neighbors at UCLA Health to support those laboring to care for our community during the coronavirus outbreak.

Staff pay and support

The work of the Getty Museum, Getty Conservation Institute, Getty Research Institute, and Getty Foundation, which provide grants and conduct research and conservation of cultural heritage, continues.

Getty will continue to pay all employees, salaried and hourly, in full during this period. In line with the Los Angeles and California Safer at Home emergency order, Getty has transitioned to telecommuting (work from home) for all staff but those in critical facilities and security operations.

How to stay informed

Here are key online resources for the latest information about the coronavirus:

Digital resources and programming

For digital resources and programming during the closure, connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and sign up for updates from our blog.

Getty offers many free digital resources for exploration, study, and research via this website. See highlights of our online art, books, videos, and podcasts here.

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