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Review of The Getty Villa

The Getty Villa
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US$45.00*
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Malibu Stars' Homes Tour
Ranked #1 of 53 things to do in Malibu
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Special Holiday Hours: Sunday, December 25, 2016 - Getty Villa will be closed Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - Getty Villa will be open from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday, January 1, 2017 - Getty Villa will be closed Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - Getty Villa will be open from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM This museum is dedicated to the art of the ancient Greeks, Romans and other classic civilizations.
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

This museum is an impressive place. The architecture is one of a kind and the exhibitions are spectacularly well put together. Visit must be booked in advance and it's free of charge.

Thank Fabio C
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Reviewed 2 July 2014 via mobile

Beautiful museum with beautiful views. Free just $15 parking. Need to call for ticket reservations. Worth the time to stop and see the beautiful antiques & buildings.

1  Thank kjohnson131
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

This is one of my favorite museums. Not only is there a rich variety of museum pieces but the architecture of the building itself is an exhibit. The architecture of the Getty Villa is models after the Villa of the Papyri (which was thought to be owned by Julius Caesar father-in-law, Lucius Calpurnius Piso). They have made some alterations but regardless the attention to detail is amazing.

This museum sits overlooking Malibu and the ocean. What could be better? Picturesque to say the least. Make sure your phone/camera is charged and has plenty of space for lots of pictures. I love the pools and garden.

Tips:
1) Make reservations. This museum is free but reservations online are needed. http://www.getty.edu/visit/villa/plan/
2) Parking is $15. Completely worth it. Covered parking, direct access.
3) It is easiest to enter going northbound on Highway 1 (PCH - Pacific Coast Highway)
4) Photographs are allowed for all permanent exhibits. Do NOT take pictures of their rotating exhibit (usually in one section on the second floor).
5) Look on their website for special plays, exhibits, classes and events. They have different options for everyone!
6) Leave plenty of time for this museum. It can easily be an all day affair.
7) Bring a smartphone - they have a Getty App with audio built in!
8) Be sure to take at least one of the guided tours! You will not be disappointed.


One note: California has severe water shortage. At the time of this post, they currently do not have most of their pools filled with water. Give them a break - they are trying to be water conscious, the museum is still stunning, and you got in for free after all! :)

Thank TheMadScalpel
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

While impressive to see, it does not come close the real Italy. The gardens upkeep seemed to be skimped on. With the water shortage in California, all of the pools were drained. The art was extensive for a private collector, but will disappoint if you ever traveled to Europe and saw the art there.

1  Thank neilsellers
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Reviewed 29 June 2014 via mobile

J Paul Getty acquired so many pieces of rare artwork. He displays many sculptures and pottery on a beautiful piece of property that's located right across from the Pacific Ocean. Built in the 1970s the architecture and grounds are absolutely gorgeous. Definitely worth the trip, admission is free parking is $15. You can't beat it on your next visit to Southern California!

Thank John V
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