A telephoned bomb threat prompted the early closure of the Getty Museum in Brentwood, Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon.
A “threatening phone call” was received around 2:50 P.M. PCT at the museum at 1200 Getty Center Dr., in the Sepulveda Pass area.
“We are working closely with the LAPD, which in an abundance of caution has asked us to close the Getty Center early and begin moving visitors from the site,” according to a museum statement. “Once visitors have departed, we will ask staff to leave in an orderly manner.”
“We received a threatening phone call at Getty Center,” Head of Communications Ron Hartwig said. “We are working closely with LAPD, which in an abundance of caution has asked to close the Getty Center early and begin removing visitors from the site. Once visitors have left the site, staff will leave in an orderly manner.”
Visitors and staff were evacuated in an orderly manner.
Officers were immediately dispatched to investigate and the LAPD’s bomb squad was also on the scene.
The Getty Center, in Los Angeles, California, is a campus of the Getty Museum and other programs of the Getty Trust. The $1.3 billion Center opened on December 16, 1997. The museum sees roughly 1.15 million yearly visitors thanks to its enticing art collection.