J Paul Getty made his money in the oil business and upon his death he left his enormous fortune to construct at a cost of $1.3 billion what is now simply known as "The Getty". This 600 acre campus sits on a hill top in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles with a stunning view of the city and the Santa Monica Mountains. The center designed by the famed architect Richard Meier is a complex of buildings housing The Getty Museum, Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation and the Getty Trust. It opened to the public in 1997 and has an endowment of between $6-7 billion dollars. Although Getty came late to art collection, each work be it in painting or sculpture is a stunner. When works do come up for sale, they can pretty much out bid everyone. The Getty institute works to preserve and protect and study art treasures from around the world.
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The Getty Villa is home to the Roman and Greek collection of the Getty Museum. It is located near the beach in Pacific Palisades California and is an exact replica of a Roman Villa of a wealthy Roman from about 2000 years ago. The stunning setting offers views of the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
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