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The Getty Villa

17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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  • The Getty VillaPro 2014
    Rachel E.
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    5 Jul 13, 2014

    Perfect companion to the Getty Center (a 30 minute drive away), the villa offers a wide variety of Greek and Roman artifacts and art. The multimedia iPod guide as well as walking tours are free and offer deeper insight into the collection. What I personally found fascinating was how many of the sculptures had been "restored" in the 18th century, meaning some sculptures had pieces placed in with existing fragments, others had pieces of other sculptures that had been stuck on.
    The gardens are small but nice and feature reproductions of sculptures from a Roman villa.

    The villa is free but parking is $15;however if you have paid for parking at the Getty Center, you can get a voucher for free parking at the Villa.

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  • The Getty Villa
    Manuelle and Larry
    5 Jun 10, 2014

    Always beautiful drive on PCH getting there, lovely property, wonderful collection, great cafeteria on site, a glorious day. Free but requires online reservation. Parking is $15. A great day, or a great stop after or before the beaches of Malibu.

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    Margeaux Randolph
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    4 Jun 01, 2014

    One of the most beautiful and fabulous gems of L.A. But while the villa is lovely, the art is not as spectacular.

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  • The Getty Villa
    Katherine V
    5 May 24, 2014

    A visit to this museum is an enlightening and educational experience- not to mention visually pleasing. It is one of those few museums where the architecture of the museum itself is just as significant as the exhibits. It was modeled after an actual Roman country house, the Villa dei Papiri in Herculaneum, Italy. The modeling was precise - almost an exact replica!

    TIP: Immediately to your right when you enter the main museum building is a small theatre which plays a 15-minute documentary about the history and the architecture of the Getty Villa. If you've never been there before, I suggest that you see this video first, as it will give you a lot of background information and help you appreciate the architecture of the museum even more as you walk from room to room, and move from section to section.

    Apart from the amazing collection of sculptures and numerous antiquities, there are also plenty of outdoor places to stroll around, to sit and relax, or just to sit and absorb the beauty that surrounds you. Or to digest the rich history of the Roman Empire that's been presented to you.

    The timed admission policy controls the inflow of visitors so it will not get overly crowded. You will not be allowed in before your scheduled admission time, but once you are in, you can stay until they close. This gives the museum visitors a lot of personal space when enjoying the exhibits and it also creates a lot more open space in the outdoor areas.

    TIP: Be the first one or two groups to arrive (especially on weekends) and get a 10:00 or 10:30 ticket. Upon arrival, do not park at P3 where almost everyone parks once they enter into the parking garage. Instead, continue up the ramps to P1 and you'll park right at the entrance to the pathway leading to the museum.

    Enjoy!

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  • The Getty Villa
    Julia B.
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    5 Jun 22, 2014

    Wow. A must see if you're in L.A. So much to see! Huge collection of art and artifacts. Beautiful gardens, water fountains and pool. Best part of all: It's FREE!!

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    John R
    5 Apr 16, 2014

    This replica of a luscious Roman Villa, left to us by J Paul Getty, was modeled after ruins unearthed at Herculaneum. It houses world class Classical Art. And the grounds and building are beautiful. Admission to the museum is free. There is a fee for parking. An out-of-town ID will suffice for a reservation, I believe. The Getty Foundation wants their museums to be used by everybody, not just those living near them (Getty Villa is on the beach, Getty Center is the BIG Modern museum and campus on the top of the hill, in the Sepulveda Pass.

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  • The Getty VillaPro 2014
    Re becca
    3 Apr 15, 2014

    $10 for parking

    Have to make reservations for the place prior via online, as they do like to have quite private and not overly packed!

    My guy took me here for my very first experience at the villa! It was indeed the perfect day for the getty, we had lunch at the cafe and than took a garden tour. We were well educated by all the plants around the villa!

    We walked around each room and my favorite was the kids room where we took tons of photo pretending to be a roman and drawing on the tea pots!
    Before we headed out a nice gentlemen encourage us to check out the "movie" room to educated ourselves on how the getty was built. Perhaps it was the dark room, or a long day but my guy and I almost fell asleep!

    All in all beautiful architecture and wonderful date place!

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  • The Getty VillaPro 2014
    Richard
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    5 Apr 02, 2014

    Easily one of the best museum in L.A. Good collection of arts plus had one of the most amazing garden I see, at top of great view of L.A. The best part is free, parking is not but that's nothing compare for what you getting. A must visit !

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  • The Getty VillaPro 2014
    Rodney S
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    5 Mar 04, 2014

    I can finally say I've been to both the Getty Center & the Getty Villa.

    When in Rome, do as the Romans do - enjoy life in sculptured gardens around a breathtaking pool, with exquisite sculptures & architecture surrounding you as if you befriended Augustus Caesar himself.

    The locale is perfect. Cool breezes from the Pacific flow by you as you partake of coffee or a glass of wine from the Getty Villa Cafe. The herb/fruit garden shows the benefits of edible landscaping, with grape vines trellised in a row, benches underneath to sit & contemplate how good life is. Ponds with lotuses, water lillies & koi add to the ambiance. The Gift Shop has various knick-knacks to take home & remember your visit by.

    There are many opportunities for your own Kodak moments, especially by the pool and the sculptures outside & in. Just remember to turn off your flash when inside. You'll be scolded, like I was. But, hey, it was all good.

    Admission is free but parking is $15. The entrance is only from N PCH, and keep your eyes peeled because you may pass it by. The traffic both going to & leaving was a pain in the tookis, but definitely worth it.

    Instead of staying home & watching reality TV, bring culture into your life & check out the Getty Villa. I highly recommend paying a visit for this SoCal treasure.

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  • The Getty VillaPro 2014
    Verlisia
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    5 Feb 15, 2014

    I don't even know this place existed until a friend from LA mentioned it.

    I truly adore Getty Villa. Yes. It is just an replica but it is a very respectable reproduction. Everyone working there was knowledgeable and helpful. Get ready to be educated and take good advantage of the tours they offer. The tour could fill up quickly so make sure you get there at least 30 minutes ahead of time. There are quite a bit too see so give yourself at least a good half a day to take in everything.

    If you are planning to visit Getty Villa, make sure you reserve your tickets online beforehand. You cannot just walk or drive in. Tickets are free and parking is only $15 per vehicle.

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  • The Getty VillaPro 2014
    Matthew Crompton
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    5 Feb 15, 2014

    Out the Pacific Coast Highway on a hillside in Malibu, the Getty Villa houses an exceptional collection of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan art, but the real draw here are the grounds themselves. Modeled after a traditional Roman villa, the gardens, courtyards, and gallery buildings are all stunning, and even after you've looked through the collection, you'll find yourself staying just to soak in the atmosphere. The free guided walking tour of the grounds is also superb. Visitation by internet reso only (easy to do).

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  • The Getty VillaPro 2014
    Sara Benson
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    5 Feb 15, 2014

    Gorgeous hillside art museum inside an Italianate villa. Even if you have only a passing interest in ancient Greek and Roman art, you'll probably enjoy just walking around the grounds, gardens and exhibit halls. For now, parking reservations are still required to visit, but you can make them online, often same-day. Combine a trip here with a walk on the beach in Malibu afterward, or maybe a seafood snack at The Reel Inn farther south, on your way back to Santa Monica.

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    Erin K
    3 Feb 15, 2014

    The Getty Villa has a truly beautiful view from its lookout above the ocean, and the architecture of the museum is quite stunning, but I think I liked the collection at the Getty Center a bit more. The Villa's Greek and Roman art was unique, but the exhibits were rather small. That being said, they had a lovely garden out back with some exquisite sculptures, and I would definitely come here again for the scenery.

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    Nina Harada
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    4 Feb 15, 2014

    It seems like when people say the Getty they're always referring to the one atop Mulholland. But when I hear Getty, I always think of The Getty Villa in the Palisades as it was actually the original museum. The architecture and property really do remind you of a roman villa. The amphitheater located on the museum property is a sight to see in itself. Similar to how the Romans and Greeks must've consumed their theater back in the day, the Getty's amphitheater is on a bluff overlooking the Pacific ocean. Absolutely beautiful!

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  • The Getty Villa
    Sue Zhou
    4 Feb 15, 2014

    A fantastic get away from the usual LA madness- located in Malibu- check out the special exhibits. This museum like its counterpart Getty (overlooking the 405) is free-- you just have to pay for parking -- but do remember to reserve online. This is required. Sundays are bustling with children and various family friendly activities. Collection is not as extensive as Lacma or the Getty. Beautiful gardens and walk ways though.

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  • The Getty Villa
    Celeny Da Silva
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    4 Feb 15, 2014

    The picturesque Getty Villa is a museum and an educational center dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Rome, Greece, and Etruria. The structured was inspired after the ancient Roman Villa dei Papiri and houses a collection of Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities. Vast sculptures and artifacts dating from 6,500 B.C to A.D 400 form the collection of over 1,200 works which are all arranged by themes over 23 galleries. The gardens’ design reflects that of an ancient Roman garden, and features notable sculptures, fountains, verdant trees, flowers and herbs. Stunning ocean and sunset views adorn the villa throughout the year.

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    Barbara Kossy
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    5 Feb 15, 2014

    Strolling the grounds you get a glimpse of life as a wealthy Roman surrounded by the beauty of the reflecting pools, the gardens and views. I love the floors and ceilings, the tiles and columns, and the way the building integrates the indoor and outdoor spaces. The art on view is truly exceptional and the exhibitions are always interesting. The exhibitions spaces are small compared to the area of the grounds and buildings. The cafe and gift shop are both good too. You can drive and pay the $15 for parking, or take public transport and walk in free. Do reserve online in advance.

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  • The Getty VillaPro 2014
    Trina D.
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    5 Feb 15, 2014

    This place is gorgeous! It's been years since I've been to the Getty Villa but it's magic still remains with me. I was able to check it out again finally this past weekend and I love what they've done with the place. It's majestic yet tucked on a hill overlooking the ocean. I love classic Greek, Roman, and Cycladic art and the Getty Villa has all 3. If anything, it's worth the walk around the gardens and the villa is actually modeled after a traditional Roman villa, so when in Rome...

    I was able to get tickets with a week's advance reservation. I'm sure you could do the same if not just a few days notice, just check the website to reserve and print tickets. Admission is free but parking is $15 per car. It's easy to carpool to split the cost. They have a cafe on-site and you could probably bring your own picnic basket to eat in the massive amphitheater. No food or drink in the galleries though. Check it out on a nice sunny day, you'll fall in love with it.

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    Lisa D
    5 Jul 14, 2013

    The Getty Villa is just 5 miles/15 minutes up the PCH. It is one of my favorite places to bring guests. It is perfect for all ages. The restaurant is lovely and and it's just an enjoyable and easy way to spend an afternoon. The Getty Villa is free, but you must call and make reservations. There is a charge for parking.

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    Marsha
    5 May 28, 2013

    Don't confuse this with the Getty Museum on Sunset Blvd. This is a replica of a Greek Villa with beautiful gardens and a wonderful collection of art and sculpture. Free. However, parking is limited, and a parking reservation is required. If not arriving by car, come anytime. Right on Pacific Coast Hwy., just north of Sunset Blvd.

    East at Gladstones across the street, right on the beach.

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What legacy do you leave when you're one of the wealthiest Americans in history? How about creating a villa-like museum on the hills above Malibu, filled with a rotating collection of over 44,000 works of Roman, Etruscan and Greek art and artifacts spanning thousands of years of ancient history? Don't show up unannounced, a pre-booked timed ticket (free!) is required for entry.

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