The Getty Center is a must if you appreciate art, architecture, gardens, city and ocean views, and/or inexpensive awesome outings. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
J. Paul Getty was a super wealthy oil tycoon, but he loved collecting art. He filled his entire house with artwork and turned it into museum while he was still living in it. Getty then built another museum on his property which would become the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades. After Getty passed away the Getty Trust began work on a new location, The Getty Center. It costs $2 billion (adj for inflation) to build. Five buildings, all award winning architecture, big botanical gardens that overlook the city, a restaurant and a cafe. If you've seen Star Trek: Into Darkness, they use the Getty for multiple scenes as Starfleet Academy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Besides Star Trek, the coolest thing about the Getty (I think) is that Getty himself was notoriously cheap and extended that to the admission price of the museum. Getty mandated that all of his museums must be free! Which it is! Sort of. He never said anything about people having to pay for parking, so it is $15 ($10 after 3pm) to park up there and parking is mandatory. Don't expect to park in the neighborhoods and walk in because they won't let you. Only way to get in without paying for parking is if you have a transfer slip from a city bus or get dropped off by a taxi or uber/Lyft. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
You could spend a whole day up there, but I would say to give yourself no less than about 2 hours if you want to do it any justice.