Getty Center Reopens To Public — After Evicting Some Unwanted Guests
The Getty Center in Brentwood has reopened to the public after a 14-month closure due to COVID-19 — and there are some new rules for visitors:
- Capacity will be capped at approximately one-third of normal attendance, for now.
- Reservations are required.
- Masks are also required.
The way you experience the exhibitions is also changing. Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum, said visitors will now follow "a prescribed route through the galleries" that he said "will take you through the most interesting new things."
He said that route will include both new acquisitions and new exhibitions "as well as — of course — the permanent collection that everyone knows and loves."
During the time the museum was mostly vacant, some unwanted guests made an appearance: moths. The good news is that they have been evicted.
"We did a really deep clean in a number of the galleries, particularly focusing on galleries that have organic materials so woods and fabrics and things like that, which animals that we wouldn't want can feed on," Potts said on news and culture show Take Two, which airs on 89.3 KPCC.
"We wanted to make sure that we were minimizing any danger of that becoming a problem in the future. It was a campaign over some months. Whole beds and large pieces of furniture had to be put into freezing units where we would be able to eradicate anything that you couldn't see and couldn't deal with in other means," Potts said.
The museum hopes to gradually increase capacity over the next few weeks and get rid of the fixed route through the galleries, according to Potts.