The Getty Center and Getty Villa are closed to the public beginning Saturday, March 14, until further notice as the region works to minimize the spread of coronavirus COVID-19.

The closure impacts the J. Paul Getty Museum locations at the Getty Center in Los Angeles and Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, as well as the gardens and grounds, and the Getty Research Institute galleries and Getty Library at the Getty Center.

Protecting the health and safety of our community and visitors through the ongoing public health crisis remains our highest priority. As a result, public programs and special events at the Getty Center and Getty Villa will be postponed through August 31.

Given the fluidity and uncertainty of the current crisis, we cannot determine the duration of the closure at this time.

We will follow the direction of public health officials regarding the eventual reopening of our sites to both employees and the public.

The regional and global work of the Getty Museum, Getty Conservation Institute, Getty Research Institute, and Getty Foundation, which provide grants and training, and conduct research and conservation of cultural heritage, continues.

More than 1,200 Getty employees have transitioned to multiple work arrangements, with essential staff remaining on site. The Getty Trust will provide support to all of its employees for the duration of the closure.

Some employees remain on our sites to protect our treasured collections and care for our gardens and grounds. All are being compensated through the immediate crisis with full benefits, enhanced sick leave and no layoffs. The J. Paul Getty Trust has also created a $10-million COVID-19 LA Arts Fund to provide grants to support other Los Angeles arts organizations during this crisis.

We have begun preparations to safely reopen and welcome visitors to our sites once it is clear we can do so. The exhibition and public programming calendars of the Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute are currently being evaluated. When future details are known about reopening our sites and reinstating public programming, we will make an announcement.

During the closure, we invite you to explore the Getty collections, as well as our many art and cultural databases and educational materials, online.

For additional information, see our web resource about Getty response at