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“Still one of the finest collection of Greek Antiquities.” 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 38 things to do in Malibu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
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Pasadena, California
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“Still one of the finest collection of Greek Antiquities.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

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 and better close-ups to share with and inspire others. I'm very much awed by the exquisite ancient Greek and Egyptian gold jewelery circa 220-100B.C. The Terracotta Greek vessels, cups, urns are the finest specimens we've seen anywhere else -- dare we say Rome, Florence, Paris, Warsaw, Turon... I can't get enough. Check out my photos.

Note: The grounds were looking a little dry in their effort to conserve water.
The reflecting pools were drained because of the drought. What a pity!

Visited June 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Magnificent gift”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 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!

Visited July 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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“A Journey back in Time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

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 out from their website. The villa is a replica of villa dei Papiri of the Roman times. Going deeper in detail describing the experience my wife and I had would simply spoil your fun in your journey back in time when you visit Getty Villa. As mentioned by many other reviewers, attending the garden and architecture tours they have every hour would definitely enhence your experience in the Villa as if you have went back in time. The tours are very informative and nicely organized for everyone and located in front of the souvenir store. We planned to spend 2 to 3 hours in the Getty Villa before heading to the beach, but we ended up spending 4 to 5 hours there without finishing the second floor of the museum. It is a great place to get away for a nice morning or afternoon and entrench yourself in a Villa filled with Paul Getty's collection where you will have a pleasent time.

ps. I've learnt from the tour guide that if you paid parking in Getty Villa, you can basically visit Getty Center for free because you won't need to pay for parking again and admission to Getty Center is also free.

Visited August 2014
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“loved it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

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

Visited August 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“Tours are a must! ”
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 historian or scholar of ancient Roman architecture but I feel fairly confident the research was extremely thorough.

The Getty Villa is certainly an LA icon not to be missed!

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