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The Getty Villa

17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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  • The Getty VillaPro 2014
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Not as a great as the Getty Museum but less crowded and the view is awesome!

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    The Getty Villa is a Greek and Roman museum by Malibu. It's usually not too crowded and it isn't as big as some of the other museums, but it's beautiful. Plenty of gardens, sculptures, walkways, and it's right by the sea! Admission is free, but you have to pay for parking.

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    An amazing museum full of ancient artifacts inside the many restored buildings on the property. The property and the view also provide an aesthetic experience that rivals the very art inside. Great food, reasonable prices, and a great way to relax within the Los Angeles Metro area.

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    Really pretty and relaxing. Not to mention free.

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    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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    Beautiful place to stroll around.

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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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