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The Getty Villa

17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, CA 90272
(310) 440-7300
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Ranked #1 of 29 attractions in Malibu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums, Educational Sites
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: This museum is dedicated to the art of the ancient Greeks, Romans and other classic civilizations.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Great grounds and presentation of artifacts from before Christ. Gives one a little perspective on things.

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Santa Monica, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

You will love the Getty Villa if not for the history and art then for the setting alone. The Villa is built into a canyon on the coast near Malibu. The views are completely stunning. The grounds are beautiful with many trees and well kept gardens. If you ever been to museums and wondered what happened to all the sculptures... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

As other reviewers have said, it is free (advance registration required) but you have to pay a completely reasonable $15 for parking. The bulk of the collection was moved years ago to the new Getty center, and what is left is their ancient Greek, Roman, and Etruscan collection. If you are in to that kind of thing it is really... More

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Santa Ana, California
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238 reviews 238 reviews
21 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Imagine that in this day and age you can experience what it was like to live in a functioning Roman palace over 2000 years ago? You can do just that at the Getty Villa. Remember, this is not to be confused with the Getty CENTER which is near UCLA in West Los Angeles. The Getty VILLA is in the Malibu... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I couldn't believe admission was free but it is $15 to park - that's for everyone in the car so this is a great travel bargain. Go on the Getty villa website and reserve your free tickets for a specific time. I believe this keeps the villa from getting over crowded. The architecture and art are beautiful and they have... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Our visit to the Getty Villa was a much anticipated one and we were not disappointed. The collections, especially the art of the Byzantine Era, were inspiring, the setting was beautifully maintained and the staff, whether we were getting our headsets for the guided tour or eating in the little cafe, could not have been more accommodating. This precious little... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

This roman style villa with it's rich collection of east Roman and Byzantine antiquities is a must see oasis in the hills of Malibu. We had a wonderful day in this museum. A peaceful place. They look for reservation. Easy access from PCH.

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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

It's very nice for a mid afternoon walk, but the "free" entry doesn't include a $15 parking charge, and the extent of the activities/collections is quite narrow.

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Calabasas, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We love to visit the Getty Villa. It is a smaller museum, it is easy to see most of the exhibits in one day. The museum is a work of art in itself. J.P. Getty designed the buildings and gardens to replicate a villa in Italy. There is a wonderful cafe, ocean views, herb gardens, large pool surrounded by gardens... More

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Dallas, Texas
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

My husband and I visited this on Saturday, June 28. When we pulled into the entrance, we did not realize you had to get tickets for this ahead of time. We were about to turn around and exit when the guard handed us two tickets to enter. We were so thrilled because we live several states away and could not... More

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