An Artistic Legacy — The Getty Art Museum

Three Hours from a Top California Luxury RV Resort

If you’re driving a Monaco Coach, you probably have a keen eye for original craftsmanship. There’s something about the handcrafted, one-of-a-kind details in a masterpiece that get to you. For the art lover in our Monaco Coach owners, we scoured the top art museums to find one that embodies the Monaco Coach spirit. So without further ado, head for California, where the J. Paul Getty Art Museum waits…

“The beauty one can find in art is one of the ... lasting products of human endeavor.” J. Paul Getty, American industrialist and the Getty Art Museum founder

The J. Paul Getty Art Museum was created to inspire the enjoyment of the arts by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting “the world’s artistic legacy.” (We feel the same way about enjoying the motor coach craft and preserving the true spirit of open road exploration.) The museum is made of two renowned venues — the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, California. The Getty Center features a collection of internationally gathered paintings, drawings, sculpture, manuscripts, photography and more. Meanwhile, the Villa doubles as an art museum and educational center dedicated to the study of art, housing approximately 44,000 works of art with 1,200 pieces on view. A number of stunning collections can also be seen, typically displayed for four months at a time.

The museum is also home to American industrialist and museum founder J. Paul Getty’s own personal art collection. (The entrepreneur founded the Getty Oil Company in 1967, which means he knows a thing or two about the motorized industry.) Getty prized beauty for its permanence, preferring the art of royals and aristocrats from western history. The oil tycoon once said, “There are 50 cities in the world that would have liked to have obtained the Getty Collection.”



  1. According to, Fortune magazine called Jean Paul Getty the richest man in the world in 1957, but most people had never heard of him. A roustabout and wildcatter in the Oklahoma oil fields, Getty became a millionaire by the time he was 23. By the 1960s, his company Getty Oil became one of the largest oil companies in the world.
  2. The Villa is a near replica of the Roman Villa dei Papiri in Herculaneum, Italy, which had been buried in the eruption of Mout Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The Villa opened in 1974.
  3. Contrary to what he had told the museum’s curators, Getty left the vast bulk of his estate to the J. Paul Getty Museum Trust when he died. The endowment, worth nearly $700 million ($2.83 billion by today's standards), is the greatest-ever endowment bestowed on any museum in the world.
  4. The museum also offers a wide array of inspiring films and captivating performances by world-caliber artists.


The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. The venue is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday; and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Sunday. The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, and is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Monday and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free, but parking is not.


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