Getty Center and Villa Preparing to Reopen

The Getty Villa Museum and Getty Center are preparing to reopen following a yearlong closure to support emergency response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Updated March 15, 2021

Preparing for Reopening

We look forward to welcoming visitors to the Getty Villa Museum and Getty Center as soon as possible, likely in phases beginning in mid-April 2021.

We will reopen to the public with social distancing and safety measures in place, based on guidance from Los Angeles County public health officials.

Over the past year that we have been closed, we have taken the opportunity to do conservation work with our collection and deep-clean the galleries. Now that we have a timeline for reopening, we will finalize the installation of some galleries and eagerly move forward with our plans to welcome visitors.

Based on the guidelines for reopening indoor museums, the number of visitors will be limited each day, and each visitor will need a free, timed reservation in advance. Face coverings and social distancing will be required, and visitors will have their temperatures checked on arrival.

We plan to open the Getty Villa Museum first, followed a few weeks later by the Getty Center. At the Getty Villa Museum, a special exhibition on Mesopotamia will be on view.

We will provide specific opening dates and reservation information as soon as it is available.

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COVID Safety Measures

When we 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 Masks

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

The following items will not be permitted to be worn instead of a face mask: gaiters, bandanas, scarves, ski masks, balaclavas, or masks with an exhalation valve. Face shields will also not be allowed instead of a mask, but may be worn over one.

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.

Reopening Updates

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