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“Great way to spend an afternoon” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Getty Villa

The Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, CA 90272
(310) 440-7300
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Ranked #1 of 25 Attractions in Malibu
Type: Educational Sites, Art Museums, Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner 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
Ventura, California, United States
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“Great way to spend an afternoon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

We spent a wonderful afternoon at the Getty Villa. We explored the art in the museum, walked the gardens and enjoyed a late lunch on the Terrace while enjoying the views. Being in Malibu, the weather was perfect!

Visited June 2012
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Arvada, CO
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“Nice way to spend some time away from the beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

We loved that this was a free visit, the only cost was parking which was $15.oo but included 6 of us so great value for sure! The grounds are spotless, the exhibits very interesting and the views from the various levels were amazing. The cafes for a short coffee break were affordable and very good! Highly recommend as a great way to spend some leisure time away from the beach.

Visited February 2013
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Santa Rosa, California
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“Phenomenal Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

My wife and I have been to The Getty Villa many times over the past few years, most recently for the specific purpose of seeing the sculpture known as “Lion Attacking a Horse” from the Capitoline Museums in Rome. Just seeing the “Lion Attacking a Horse” was worth the 150+ mile trip from San Diego; it was extraordinary. If there had been nothing else to see at The Getty Villa, the trip still would have been worth it. But The Getty Villa is jam-packed with other incredible exhibits.

There is no fee at all to enter The Getty Villa, but tickets are necessary that require you to select a date and time for entry. It’s easy to obtain the required tickets at The Getty Center or on the Internet. There is only a $15 fee to park. Exhibits at The Getty Villa are often booked for limited, specific periods of time, always well-spaced, many have interactive panels, and they all have detailed explanations of the pieces. The museum offers tours and talks, lectures and conferences, performances and films, courses and demonstrations – many are free. Some require tickets or reservations; many limit the number of participants in the program. Detailed explanations about everything is available online.

Free iPod Touches are available to visitors for self-guided tours of the phenomenal exhibits. Over the years, we have taken many of the tours; every single one that we’ve taken has been outstanding. Everything at The Getty Villa is always first-rate – the architecture, the gardens, the tours and talks, the exhibitions – everything.

Visited January 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Absolutely beautiful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

The Getty Villa should be visited by everyone! The museum is free but parking is $15, and reservations are required through their website. We had a reservation for 3pm but were in the Santa Monica area around noon so we called and they were able to accept us at that time with no problem. There was a 10-15 minute introductory video that is definitely a must-see. The gardens are absolutely spectacular on a sunny day. There are many sculptures to learn about and the outdoor amphitheater is nice as well. Definitely recommend coming with friends or family at any time.

Visited January 2013
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West Covina, California
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“Nice Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

On a day trip through our city, we ended on the coast and decided to stop and see if we could get to the museum since I knew we may have needed a reservation. Luckily, they have spare tickets for late comers. The grounds were beautiful! Everything looks pretty new due to the massive renovations that have taken place. We joined an architecture tour and learned so much about the design and functionality of the spaces and gardens that most people would overlook. A treasure worth visiting.

Visited January 2013
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