February 2007



The Getty Center

The “Visit” page for the Getty is divided into two separate sections. The left side is for the Getty Center in Los Angeles, and the right side is for the Getty Villa in Malibu. One side is blue, the other is orange. The color differences make the task of navigating through all the information available quite straight-forward and intuitive. Both The Getty Center and The Getty Villa are listed with the same subsections, which are abc Who We Are, Where To Find Us xyz and abc What To See xyz .

Under the heading, abc Who We Are xyz , the following can be learned about The Getty Center:

abc The Getty Center presents the Getty’s collection of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present against a backdrop of dramatic architecture, tranquil gardens, and breathtaking views. xyz

Alternately, under the same heading, The Getty Villa is represented this way:

abc The Getty Villa is an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria. xyz

Some common headings on the “visit” page are: abc Exhibitions, Event xyz abc Calendar, Hours, Directions, Parking xyz and abc Things to See and Do. xyz

Throughout The Getty site the look and feel is consistent, logical and informative. Even though both The Getty Center and The Getty Villa are being represented, the viewer does not get “lost.” The color-coding of each location, blue and orange, is consistent throughout all of the pages on the site but not used to excess.

The Getty website does a good job in “arming” the museum visitor with all the knowledge that is needed to get the most out of visiting such a “lofty” place. Being armed with practical knowledge is a great way to approach the sometimes daunting task of studying art. And isn’t that what it’s all about?

Reviewer: Cynthia Aaron, FIDM Library Staff Member