The Getty Museum opened in 1974 in a house known today as "Getty Villa" and is still a museum in its own right.
Getty was one of the richest Americans and established quite a few important institutions, including the Research Institute and the Conservation Center and the Foundation in his honor. In his lifetime he collected many diverse items, including antiques and paintings, photographs, sculptures and prints that are still exhibited in the museum. In 1982, after receiving $1.2 billion from the Getty Heritage, the place became the richest museum in the world. About 1.3 million people visit the museum every year and it is one of the most popular museums in the United States.
In 1983, the museum purchased 144 illustrated medieval manuscripts from the Ludwig collection in Aachen, which was in financial trouble. The collection is said to be "one of the finest collections and certainly the most important of those that were privately owned." You can still see it in the museum.
More from the museum is the educational center located in Malibu, dedicated to the culture and art of Greece, Rome and ancient Arturia. In addition to conventional art in museums such as paintings, sculptures and architecture, the museum also offers musical performances and concerts. Many do picnics in the surrounding lawns and gardens. The museum building is very impressive and it is recommended to stroll through the sculpture garden next to it. Also note the landscaped gardens surrounding the museum.