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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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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

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
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

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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New York
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8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

If you are a "fan" of the history of the Roman Empire, like me, you will appreciate the experience of entering a completely restored roman villa. This is a replica of the villa that Julius Caesar's father in law had built close to the town of Pompeii in Italy which was destroyed by the Vesivius eruption. Youo need to print... More

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Make sure you stop in while you are in Malibu! Such a beautiful property! The artifacts are displayed well and they even have a MUMMY!

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Santa Barbara, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The Getty Villa is located in Malibu and is quite an extensive museum with several gardens and pools to enjoy as well as dozens of rooms with thousands of exhibits. The villa is a re-creation of a Roman country house that was destroyed by Vesuviouss, and J. Paul Getty built a reproduction on his property to house his collection of... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Paul Getty had a great foresight to make this landscape fit roman and Greek art. Make sure you print your free tickets for admission in advance. A nice cafe and shop are on the premises. Visitors can't walk up the driveway. A shuttle will take you up or your driver. Guided tours are given is that's for you, or you... More

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Nerja, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We visited the Getty Center first so parking here was free and there is no admission charge - so great value. Nice drive between the 2 places. You will need to collect the entry tickets from the information desk and the free parking ticket from the office before you leave. The villa and gardens are spectacular and worth a visit... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I love the antiquities of this museum and the gardens are just beautiful. Took my 5th grade class here not too long ago and they had a blast. Was really nice to see all the beautiful artwork and sculptures. They also have some amazing food there and perfect for a day date with a special someone.

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Prescott, Arizona
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7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Great exhibits and great atmosphere.What is there not to like! Guides are not always well informed and touring groups too large.

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