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Travel Back in Time Into the Ancient Past With This One of A Kind Museum!

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The Villa and the Collection

With the Getty Villa, not only do you get to take in over 1,200 Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities, you get to do so while strolling around in a life size replica of a—you guessed it, Roman Villa!

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The museum is modeled after the Villa dei Papiri, an ancient Roman home that was found buried in volcanic ash at Herculaneum, one of the cities, along with Pompeii, that was wiped out by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. The objects presented span from 6,500 B.C. To A.D. 400, and includes many statues, vases, coins, jewelry, glass work and more!

Walking around the villa in the beautiful California sun is one of the most enjoyable museum experiences you could ask for. Water, for both decoration and hygiene, was incredibly important to the Romans. This is clearly highlighted at the Getty Villa as you stroll around the huge pool/fountain that makes up a large part of the gardens. The pool is ringed with beautiful bronze statues so be sure to take a jaunt around! Getty museum

Some of Our Favorites

The Getty Villa Malibu is a perfect complement to the Getty Museum Los Angeles. Combining the two you can take a cultural ride from 6,500 B.C. To the present! One of oil mogul John Paul Getty's favorite works is the so-called “Getty Bronze” (pictured below). It is also known as “The Statue of a Victorious Youth” and is held in a special climate controlled room. It is one of the few life sized Greek bronzes to have survived until the modern age. One of my favorite pieces has to be the sarcophagus with scenes from the life of Achilles carved in relief. The detail of the Trojan hero Hector's body being dragged and desecrating behind the rearing horse is incredible! Also don't miss the ancient Greek helmets...

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Upcoming Exhibitions

The Villa also has some very interesting upcoming temporary exhibits. “Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity” is an ongoing exhibition that highlights over 350 pieces of ancient glass pieces. The works are accompanied by text and video illustrations of the techniques used in their creation. The beauty and range of colors that these ancient crafstmen were able to produce are amazing. The other thing that surprised me was the intricate patterns they were able to weave into the glass.
Also coming Nov. 19th is “Reconstructing Identity: A Statue of a God from Dresden”. This exhibit will chronicle the life and eventual restoration of a statue found in Germany that has, over the years, been restored as everything from Alexander the Great to the God of Wine and abandon, Bacchus. (until Feb 8, 2010)
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Getting There

The Getty Villa is located in Pacific Palisades just before Malibu. The easiest way to get there is to take the Pacific Coast Highway. The Villa is located one mile north of Sunset Blvd. Metro Bus 534 stops at coastline drive right across from the Museum. You need to get your admission tickets punched by the bus driver before you get off.


Thursday-Monday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and most major holidays.

Admission and Parking

Advance, “timed” tickets are required and available FREE online at or by calling 310-440-7300. Each ticket allows you to bring up to three children under the age of 15. Parking is 15$ per car. That's where you get dinged!

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