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The Getty Villa
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Special Holiday Hours: Sunday, December 25, 2016 - Getty Villa will be closed Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - Getty Villa will be open from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday, January 1, 2017 - Getty Villa will be closed Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - Getty Villa will be open from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM This museum is dedicated to the art of the ancient Greeks, Romans and other classic civilizations.
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Reviewed July 19, 2013 via mobile

The grounds are amazing, it is Malibu, right? The museum itself is designed to replicate an ancient villa in Italy, that was buried after the eruption of Vesuvius. That in itself was interesting, add in the antiquities, perfect Southern California afternoon.

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

The Getty Villa is one of the most attractive museums we have ever visited. The've basically done everything right: the setting is unique with a view to the ocean, the structure is beautiful; they have outstanding gardens; the art is exquisite; and everything complements and highlights the artwork.

The Getty Villa focuses essentially on Greek and Roman art up to roughly 500 A.D. The art is quite beautiful and striking and extremely well displayed. They also have frequent and helpful tours, whether your interest is in the art itself, or the building itself. They also have some interesting historical displays to help you put it all into context. All of the pieces are well marked.

Some tips:

The museum admission is free, but there is a $15 parking charge. That's a bargain. Note that they have timed entry so you really need to book ahead AND bring the confirmation with you - unless they have extra tickets you may not be able to get in. They tell me that days earlier in the week are less crowded, although it wasn't especially crowded either day we have visited.

Until late August they are having an exhibit on Sicilian art. See it if you can. The statue of a charioteer is one of the most striking I have ever seen, but there are many other great pieces. Unfortunately (for us), Sicily is asking for the artwork back early. It was scheduled to go to the Cleveland Museum of Art, but even that is presently in limbo and this may be the last chance to see it in the United States.

Not that bad days are that common in Los Angeles, but you definitely want to go on a nice day. About half of the museum is outdoors or exposed to the outdoors, and it is simply stunning if the weather cooperates. They have a nice cafe with lots of outdoor tables and it's pleasant just to be there.

It may seem silly, but look at the floors. The marble work is ornate and at times astonishing (see, for example, the round room with the statue of Hercules, but there are many others).

The Getty Villa is not a huge museum, but it's well worth a visit on many levels.

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Is a gorgeous museum of art with a collection of Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities. The museum is modeled as an ancient Roman home with beautiful gardens. The entrance is free, you pay only for the parking. The café is very good for capuccinos, snacks, but avoid lunch, not good at all.

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Reviewed July 16, 2013

Museums do not get any better than this anywhere in the world. This is truly a treasure--a gorgeous reproduction of a villa based on several old world villas. I have been here countless times since they reopened several years ago and am never disappointed with the latest show and with revisiting old favorites. The gardens are lush and elegant. If you are a photographer or an artist, bring your equipment; you won't be disappointed. Tickets are complimentary, but you have to order them online and enter the Villa at the appointed time. The only charge, which is required, is the $15 parking fee. You cannot walk in nor can you park on the streets due to ordinances regarding the residential neighborhoods adjacent the Villa. Exceptional tours, overview films of the Villa, ongoing art classes and concerts, the Getty Villa is a joy for all ages.

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Reviewed July 11, 2013

Greek, Roman and Etruscan collection, more than 1200 pieces, endless gardens and reflecting pools, mummy of 20 year old Herakleides, film on how it was made; ancient glass, bronze, solid gold headwear and so much great beauty. Rest on the 2nd floor balcony overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Be transported back in time in an open, airy setting. Getty's home, not open to public, is behind the museum. Reservations needed for parking. Beware Pacific Coast highway traffic as you try to turn up the museum road. It's only 2 lanes. Afterward, head down the road to the best little seafood beach house restaurant in Malibu - Malibu Seafood!! Super prices! BEST fish and chips this side of the pond! Other seafood restaurants go to Malibu Seafood to get fish for their own restaurants. Definitely worth the wait to get in and carry your own lunch to an umbrella-ed picnic table and watch the surfers across the road. No alcohol served. Convertible Bentleys drive around looking for parking spaces along with everyone else. It's worth standing in line with locals and tourists waiting to get in. From busts of Calpurnia and Caesar to Calamari and Caesar Salad, you'll have a memorable day!

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