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Getty ends free evening parking, sets $10 fee after 5 p.m.

November 14, 2011 |  1:05 pm

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The free evening parking perk at the Getty Museum in Brentwood and the Getty Villa in Malibu will vanish after Sunday, when parking after 5 p.m. will cost $10.

The Brentwood museum is open Saturday evenings -– making this Saturday the last one for saving the $10. The charge also will kick in for evening events such as lectures, screenings and performances at the museum and the villa.  Daytime parking remains $15 at both venues, and admission remains free.

“Just like all other public institutions, the Getty’s operating costs continue to go up. Free parking in the evenings was just no longer feasible,” a museum spokesperson said following Monday's announcement.

Art and free parking continue to intersect at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena and the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has free garage parking after 7 p.m.; it also offers free admission weekdays after 5 p.m. for Los Angeles County residents. The Getty is the area's only major museum with a free admission policy, although others waive their fees on certain days or hours.

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-- Mike Boehm

Photo: Robert Irwin's Central Garden at the Getty Museum in Brentwood. Credit: Robin Goddard/Los Angeles Times.

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