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“good but no substitute for Pompei”
Review of The Getty Villa

The Getty Villa
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$45.00*
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Ranked #2 of 53 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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Reviewed December 16, 2013

We toured the Getty Villa in November. It houses many of the collections of J. Paul Getty in a setting where they would have been displayed in the era of Pompei in Italy. It is a recreation of an ancient Italian vila. It is nice

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Reviewed December 12, 2013

Wonderful building and grounds. Be sure to make a reservation on line: entry is free but parking costs $15.
We had a 2pm reservation which allowed for one tour and a speed trip thru the antiquity section. I would allow 4-5 hrs in the future with a snack break in between.The gardens are lovely even though winter was taking its toll. The exhibits are not only great to look at but also informative.
I plan to be back at a different season.

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Reviewed December 11, 2013

Can get crowded in new exhibit areas, but they try to time the new arrivals by requiring an online reservation to get in, so it could be worse.

Many docent tours available throughout the day, make use of them, they are great.

The Villa houses the antiquities collection: statuary, objects, etc. For paintings go to the OTHER Getty Museum off of the 405 freeway.

Museum is free but parking is $15. Make reservations online prior to arrival as they may refuse entry without reservations.

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Reviewed December 10, 2013

We booked the Getty Villa in the morning and just thought it would be a 2-hours maximum but it ended up we spent 4 hours there. There were various guided tours, which we took the garden tour and special exhibition.

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Reviewed December 8, 2013

This is a lovely way to spend an afternoon. The museum is not huge, so you can take your time and see the entire collection in a couple of hours. The grounds and gardens are beautiful. The building itself has an amazing variety of marble on the floors, stairways and walls. The collection of ancient glass is gorgeous, the Roman and Greek antiquities are spectacular. The minute details in some of the vessels are incredible. Read the names of the donors in the room with the gold coins. You will be surprised that many of them were donated by a well known comedian.

Make advance reservations for parking. There is no admission fee, but the parking is $15.

After wandering through all of the exhibits, we sat on the patio and had lunch at the cafe. They have a variety of plates that are perfect for sharing as well as sandwiches, salads and seasonal specials. We had the artisan cheese plate and the mediterranean platter with a selection of desserts. It was a very fun, relaxing way to spend the day!

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