J. Paul Getty Museum



2015-06-26 11:07:06

The J. Paul Getty Museum is a California based art museum situated on two sites. It was established by J. Paul Getty, a millionaire who made his money in oil.

It is estimated to receive around 1.3m visitors each year.

The museum is located at the Getty Villa in Malibu and the Getty Center in Los Angeles.

The museum aims to further knowledge of the visual arts and is constantly looking to acquire new items.


The museum was established in 1954, adding a second site, a recreation of the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum on Getty’s own land in Pacific Palisades, California, in 1974.

The first museum moved to its current location in 1997. The villa closed for renovation in the same year. It reopened in 2006.


Los Angeles

The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center in Los Angeles houses European paintings, drawings, sculpture, manuscripts, decorative arts, and European and American photographs.


The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa in Malibu re-opened on January 28, 2006, following a large renovation project. It is dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. The museum has roughly 44,000 Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities, but just over 1,200 are on view.

Key people

  • David Bomford, acting director
  • Thomas Kren, acting associate director for collections
  • Thomas Rhoads, associate director for administration
  • John Giurini, assistant director for public affairs
  • Quincy Houghton, associate director for exhibitions and public programs
  • Toby Tannenbaum, assistant director for education

Modern Rome Campo Vaccino by J.M.W. Turner

The museum bought Modern Rome Campo Vaccino by J.M.W. Turner for $45m at auction in 2010. Despite attempts by the British government to keep the painting in the UK, the artwork went on display in March 2011.

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