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Thursday & Friday Nights at the Getty: Now No Reservations Required

July 11, 2000

Los Angeles--Effective immediately, no parking reservations are required to visit the Getty Center after 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday nights. The Getty Center, featuring the J. Paul Getty Museum, is open until 9 p.m. on these two evenings throughout the year.

Currently in its third year of operation, the Getty Center has had over 4 million visitors. It is now possible to lift the advance parking reservations requirement for all visitors on Thursday and Friday nights to encourage spontaneous, drop-in visits. College students with current school I.D. may visit anytime without advance parking reservations. Parking is $5 per car; admission to the Getty is free. Advance parking reservations are still required for other hours of operation and groups. Seating reservations are also needed for performing arts programs and lectures, and recommended for the Restaurant.

The Getty is a popular evening destination for local residents and tourists alike. Visitors may enjoy the same unique mix of art, architecture, gardens, views, and places to dine, snack, or picnic as they can during the day, but the Getty at night offers often-spectacular sunsets and glittering views of Los Angeles. On Thursday and Friday evenings, the Cafe and Restaurant are open until 8:30 p.m. Visitors may also bring their own picnics.

In addition to its permanent collection galleries, the Getty Museum this summer features a wide range of special exhibitions. These include the remarkable traveling show Painting on Light: Drawings and Stained Glass in the Age of Dürer and Holbein, on display through September 4, 2000, which features stained glass created in Southern Germany and Switzerland during the late Gothic and Renaissance periods. Other exhibitions this season include The Gualenghi-d'Este Hours: Art and Devotion in Renaissance Ferrara. Open through July 30, 2000, it offers an intriguing view of Italian illuminated manuscripts. The Man In The Street: Eugène Atget In Paris, on view through October 8, presents a fascinating selection of photographs that Atget created from 1887-1927, capturing Paris street scenes, workers, parks, and storefronts that have since vanished.

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About the Getty:

The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that features the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Getty Research Institute. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations: the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu.

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The J. Paul Getty Museum collects in seven distinct areas, including Greek and Roman antiquities, European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts, and European and American photographs. The Museum's mission is to make the collection meaningful and attractive to a broad audience by presenting and interpreting the works of art through educational programs, special exhibitions, publications, conservation, and research.