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The Getty Villa

17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, CA 90272
(310) 440-7300
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As featured in Los Angeles for free
Ranked #1 of 29 attractions in Malibu
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Australia
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115 reviews 115 reviews
31 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We grabbed a bus from the LAX area and then transferred to a local to get to the Getty Villa from Santa Monica. It all went very well. This was my first trip to the Getty but the second for my wife. We thoroughly enjoyed the displays, the grounds and a quick lunch at the cafe on the grounds. It... More

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Malibu
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Getty Villa, in Malibu, is a recreation of an ancient Roman Villa, the Villa de Papiri. This is the only museum in the United States that is devoted wholly to classical antiquities. Be sure to spend time in the magnificent gardens. The cafe has good food, I recommend either the Roman burger or the Villa Salad.

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La Jolla, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The new auditorium, villa and restaurant were beautiful. The villa is opulent and filled with jaw dropping antiquities. A very fun afternoon.

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Malibu, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I have been coming to The Villa for many years. It is a very beautiful place to just hang out, drink some wine, and have a nice lunch. It just a beautiful to stroll through and enjoy the beautiful art and grounds.

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Layton, Utah
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6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Getty Villa. With only a $15 parking fee you can't beat the history and art housed in this museum. The Greek and Roman artifacts and art were inspiring, never thought we'd see such an extensive collection in the US. To think JP Getty donated this to the public for our benefit is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Spent the day here, today, Sunday with a family of all ages, 9-75 years. The facility is beautiful, clean, organized and has plenty of staff around to answer questions. Free tickets with online reservation, parking $15. Arrive prior to opening for a walk around the grounds and gardens without any crowd. Excellent representation of Roman architecture. Photos without flash permitted... More

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Alaska
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5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

We attended with our four children aged 5 to 15. This was a delightful attraction, both entertaining and educational. They have done a fantastic job with the main attraction, a reproduction of the Romanesque Villa. There are interesting museum pieces in various rooms throughout for the history aficionado. The children can play as you walk throughout the grounds visiting the... More

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Diamond Bar, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Here's your opportunity to be an Roman emperor for a day (or just fantasize a bit). The Getty Villa's grounds are stunning. Attention to detail makes for a breath-taking view over the Pacific (just as Tiberias must have seen from his retirement villa off the Isle of Capri) from the porticos of J. Paul Getty's gift to posterity. The exhibits... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We had previously been to the Getty Museum so decided to check The Villa out. You need a few visits to really see it all, but we spent a couple of happy hours there and will return again when we can. Although there is no entrance fee, there is a parking fee of $15, a small price to pay for... More

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seattle
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10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

If staying in SM tour this wonderful museum. There are no painting [at least when we toured] but the grounds, gardens, collection, docents, locations, price [free] is worth a couple hours. Catch the 10 minute movie during your walk, its worth it.

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