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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 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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Pasadena, California
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146 reviews 146 reviews
94 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

6.9.2014 Brought visiting relatives from the east coast to see the antiquities. The villa was thronged with many elementary school children on field trips so it was rather noisy. But it was good to feel their enthusiasm. The permanent collections were still every bit as captivating as I first saw them a year ago. This time around I got more... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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112 reviews 112 reviews
56 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

The Getty Villa is gorgeous architecturally as well as in its gift of art to all people. What a legacy! Enjoy! Give yourself 4 or more hours to truly enjoy!

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Los Angeles, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Being minutes away from Santa Monica, Getty Villa offers a great experience for everybody. The admission is free and you only need to pay for their parking, which is $15 for each car. The parking is cheaper at $10 if you go after 5 pm. But you still need a ticket to get in, which you can reserve and print... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

highlight of my trip - fantastic place especially if you love antiquities - such a great collection & the gardens are beautiful. Café was good too.

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Sydney, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

You really must do the architecture and garden tours to give yourself a sense of history and perspective - and a list of what to go back for a better look at. In true Getty style no expense was spared in the re-creation of the villa. The tiles, marble, fixtures ... in fact every detail is superb. I'm not a... More

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Beautiful museum full of Greek and Roman vessels, statutes and jewelry. It's modeled after a villa in Pompeii. The water was not in the reflecting pools when I went, but the concrete is dyed blue so it still looks good in photos. It is free aside from parking, which I think was $10, and you have to make reservations beforehand.

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Westford, Massachusetts
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We spent a wonderful 1/2 day as we were migrating down the coast. The villa was really fantastic and both the architecture and artwork is really outstanding. Tip: reserve early as parking is limited and they might turn you away if not booked in advance.

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Albany, Oregon, USA
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The Villa was one of the best places we visited on our LA vacation. It was truly a beautiful place with outstanding grounds and art. You can read the rest of the reviews for details; it's obvious that everyone loves this place. I will note that it is easy to find, close to other tourist spots that you can combine... More

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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

One could hardly wish for a more unique and beautiful museum experience. Strolling through this replica of an Italian villa I felt transported from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There's lots to learn if you're up for a history lesson; if not, soak up the beauty of the art, artifacts, and gorgeous grounds.

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Aptos, California
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33 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I'm not a big fan of Roman or Grecian antiquities, so when I lead a group here, I spent more time walking the grounds (does take that long) and sitting and enjoying the view of the villa itself. The villa is filled with room after room of ancient art. One exhibit I did enjoy was on glass. You have to... More

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