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The Getty Villa

17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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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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    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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    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
    Mary Q.
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    5 Feb 26, 2013

    Wonderful place to visit on a sunny California day. Make sure you make a reservation online to ensure you have a spot. Since space is limited, they only allow a certain number of people in each day. I love that it's completely free to enter with the reservation! Paying for parking always sucks.

    Up on the hill nestles this lovely estate, with views of the ocean and a very Romanesque feel. They've got fig trees and grape vines and wonderful landscaping in addition to the art on display. Off to the side of the long fountain, you'll find a sculpture that they actually encourage you to touch!

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  • The Getty Villa
    Jennifer Kaufman
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    5 Oct 12, 2013

    Beautiful place to stroll around.

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    Denesse Elias
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    5 Oct 11, 2013
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    Andy Chen
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    5 Jul 30, 2012

    Really pretty and relaxing. Not to mention free.

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    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
    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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  • The Getty VillaPro 2014
    Kim L. "Lady Boss"
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    5 Nov 30, 2012

    BEAUTIFUL museum..one place you just HAVE to go...it is a bit smaller than the other Getty location but you can make a weekend day trip out of it..especially when it's a nice sunny day =) you can go to the beach & then the museum or visa versa..

    The Greek & Roman sculptures, gardens, ponds & view of the ocean from the top are just AWESOME!! =)

    FYI, if you don't want to pay the steep $15 parking fee per car, just park along PCH road & walk up to the sign that says Getty Villa & push the intercom to call for the Shuttle...they'll just drive you up the road to the entrance & drop you off & you DON'T have to pay the $15 for parking... =)

    Just remember, you have to RSVP online at the Getty Villa Website 2 reserve your spot or else they won't let you into the museum without it..

    This place makes a wonderful beautiful day trip with a loved one or as a group...the cafe is very cool to hangout & eat too..

    Enjoy! =)

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    Emon Tjokro
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    5 Jun 20, 2013

    Not as a great as the Getty Museum but less crowded and the view is awesome!

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    5 May 28, 2013
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    Twila Grissom
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    4 Aug 28, 2012

    Beautiful art, architecture, and views of Malibu. Reservations are required for each car so book online or by phone ahead of time. Admission is free but parking is around $15

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    Ann Ani Hung
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    4 Sep 13, 2013
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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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    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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    John H.
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    4 Aug 16, 2012

    The sister museum to the stellar Getty Center. The Villa is situated against the Malibu bluffs. The manor is a replication of a Roman villa close to the ones near Pompeii. It has great water features running through the entire villa. The installations are more geared toward the classics.

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    Becky M.
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    4 Jul 04, 2012

    The original Getty museum in Malibu contains JP Getty's collection of antiquities and some really interesting new architecture. The gardens here are nice too. You need a parking reservation (free!) to get in because of entrance restrictions placed by neighbors in this residential area off of PCH.

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4.5 out of 5
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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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