Los Angeles' Famed Getty Museum and Other Nearby Culture Destinations Closed Because of Fire

The art remains inside.

As fires rage on the hillside — and across the region — around it, the Getty Museum has closed.

A spokesperson for the venerable institution said that the art was safe inside the museum and would remain there, according to Travel + Leisure. The spokesperson noted that the building was designed with protection against wildfires in mind.

Yesterday, Getty vice president of communications Ron Hartwig said, "The safest place for the art is right here at the Getty."

Administrators have also closed the Getty Villa, to support firefighting efforts in the area. And the museum is keeping followers abreast of all new developments on social media.

Just up the hill from the Getty Center along the 405 freeway, the Skirball Cultural Center, a popular Jewish education institute with event space, has also closed due to fire.

The hellish view from the scene:

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