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Review of The Getty Villa

The Getty Villa
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$44.00*
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Malibu Stars' Homes Tour
Ranked #1 of 52 things to do in Malibu
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Fee: Yes
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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San Francisco, California
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“Always, always our first stop”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2013

My kids (7, 8 and 9) love the Getty Villa. The iPod audio guides with pictures and videos are part of it, but they really get caught up in the Greek mythology behind many of the pieces. It's like a discovery walk to look at things, big and small, that are so old and all have a story. There is a lot more dimension to the art here than at a normal, art-hanging-on-the-wall museum. There is an audio book, D'aulaires Book of Greek Myths, that is read with great drama by Paul Newman and others that offers a great backdrop to all of the pieces that you see here. Just a thought for the car...

Visited April 2013
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Warwick, New York
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“even better than the Getty Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013

The Getty Villa is rather like a stage set--not completely authentic but beautiful. There are courtyards, gardens, fountains and a museum all in the classical style. There is a lovely herb garden and many paths on different levels to walk through. The museum houses a very nice collection of Greek vases, classical glassware and some sculpture. There is a very good cafeteria, reasonably priced. Be aware that you must have a reservation to get in through the guarded entrance--but you can call this in on the same day of your visit. There is a parking garage included in price of admission.

Visited November 2012
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United States
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“We spent 5+ hours at the Getty Villa!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013

Having visited the Getty Museum years ago, this was our first visit to the Getty Villa. We stayed in nearby Santa Monica (15 minutes away by car) and planned our visit in advance, purchasing a timed ticket. It's well worth the visit!

PROS:
~You buy a 'Timed Ticket', so the villa never feels overcrowded.
~Take the architecture and garden tours to give yourself a better appreciation for everything.
~Tours offer an ear-piece so you can hear the tour guide well, without them having to shout.
~Beautiful grounds, pools and gardens.
~Enjoy lunch at the villa cafe which offers quality fresh food.
~AAA 10% discount available at the cafe and store.
~Fabulous place for taking photos if that's something you enjoy.
~The villa underwent a 9-year renovation in recent years and is in almost perfect condition.
~Lots of artifacts, statues and artwork to look at inside the villa.
~Super interactive children's area where they can be creative and hands-on while learning about the artifacts.
~If like us, you like to take advantage of the tours offered and like to read about a lot of the artifacts, eat lunch and take photos, it's easy to spend a good 5 hours there.

CONS:
~ Parking at the multistory structure costs $15 (Although entry to the museum is 'free').
~You are only permitted to park at the museum, not anywhere nearby.
~Lots to read -- you kind of get overwhelmed after a while!
~We looked into the afternoon tea that they offer Thurs and Sat, but thought it was a bit steep at $36 per person, plus 18% gratuity and tax. We opted for a nice lunch and a glass of wine at the cafe instead. (Show your AAA card to save 10%!)
~I wouldn't recommend this attraction for children under age 10.

Note: Bring sun protection for exploring the gardens and for the tours, especially during the summer months.

Be prepared for a short walk from the parking structure to the villa and to be on your feet most of the day. Wear comfortable shoes!

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Visited July 2013
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Brampton, Canada
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“Amazing art and architecture”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013

I could have spent my entire day just wandering through this gorgeous villa, taking in the sites and views. The Etruscan and Greco-Roman artwork was magnificent and well-displayed and the villa was fascinating! It wasn't crowded, although there were a lot of people there, parking was easy, there are lots of stairs (and elevators, too), and lots of bathrooms and a cafe. I didn't go to the cafe because the line was too long and the menu was limited. I'd recommend packing a few snacks or a small meal if you are there around the afternoon.

A must-see if you're in (or not in) the area!

Visited July 2013
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Kansas City, Missouri
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“Fantastically beautiful!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited July 2013
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