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“Fabulous - Run do not walk to this place”
Review of The Getty Villa

The Getty Villa
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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 January 23, 2014

The art is great ( Roman, Etruscan and Greek ). High quality, some truly novel pieces and interesting presentation by theme ( comedy, theater, etc.). What truly makes this museum exceptional is the setting - the architecture and design of the buildings and spaces. A feast for the eyes. Even the cafe had good food and was not totally outrageous in price. I liked the museum shop, as well. Unfortunately, we had way too little time here. If I go back and I will, actually, I would spend at least 5-6 hours to have a relaxing experience. Considering it is free, except for the $15 parking fee, it is one of the best deals around. In fact, if you go and see the Getty Center ( which is also great ) on the same day, you only have to pay 1 parking fee and that makes a great deal even better. The only negative is that you will have to make each visit shorter than it deserves. If you go to the LA area and you don't see these museums, unless you hate art, you are cheating yourself. Go.

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Reviewed January 22, 2014

Unless somebody tells you about it, you can pass the Getty Villa completely unnoticeably. You can access it only driving from the South and you have to know preciseley which turn to take. Even though the visit is free you have to pay for the parking, and very important,you need a reservation.
But it is well worth the effort, the Villa is such a special place, a return in time that makes you feel like you are an actor in a movie set. Fantastic, manicured gardens and clear pools! Antiquity at its best! Wonderful architecture and interior design, if you own a big house, you may come here to get some inspiration for your next remodelling.

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Reviewed January 17, 2014

We went on 3 of the docent lead tours and they were all great. It gave me a better appreciation and understanding of the art that we saw. We went on the tours about the architecture, the highlights and the special exhibit on Tiberius. The docents were all very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend the tours.

Make sure you make reservations on-line since they will not let you park unless you have a print out of the reservation.

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Reviewed January 11, 2014

I am still thinking about my visit to Getty Villa. I live in NY and have visited many museums but this was not only a museum but scenery from the top of the villa took my breath away. This is a must see if you are in the area.

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Reviewed January 10, 2014

It was wonderful to see how a country villa of a wealthy family would have looked, and it seemed to be faithfully reconstructed from the ruins uncovered in Herculaneum. While Pompeii is extensive and fascinating, it is mostly gray ruins. The Getty Villa appears in excellent condition,newly renovated. The inner and outer peristyles were even designed in typical plantings of those times. The statuary in the outer peristyle was placed according to where it was excavated in Herculaneum. While a few of the statues were missing noses and arms, it was refreshing to see pottery and glass work that appeared complete rather than shards. The decorated wine drinking vessels were amazing in their depictions of life then. The mansion is set in well tended grounds with an amphitheater and indoor/outdoor cafe, however there is relatively little walking other than just around the mansion. With so much to see in the mansion and lunch, we spent 4 1/2 or 5 hours there. There is no entry fee but the parking fee is $15, and reservations (can be done online) are required.

Thank Jeanne J
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