The Getty website is announcing a new policy of free parking Saturday nights after 5 PM at the Getty Center. It starts July 1, when the normal parking fee rises to $15. There's no comparable deal for the Getty Villa, but parking will be free for lectures and other evening events (after 5) at both sites.
Many museums' free days are during the week, limiting them to the funemployed and the Ladies and Gents Who Lunch. J. Paul Getty wanted his museum to be free to all. But there hasn't been free parking — the de facto admission charge — since the Getty Center opened. As the Getty Center is open until 9 on Saturdays, the new policy offers four free hours on a weekend, something price-conscious 9-to-5ers can actually use.