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Reviewed January 19, 2020

Beautiful and interesting to visit. The tours you can take are quite interesting and the guides are extremely knowledgeable.

Date of experience: December 2019
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Reviewed January 11, 2020 via mobile

A lot of ambiguity remains about many aspects of the private life of J.P Getty. One of the telling aspects of his living breathing scale model of the Villa of the Papyri is that it would most certainly have impressed his father in law. Papyri was almost certainly a home for Calpurnia’s father Lucius Calpurnius to visit her father on her days off from being the wife of a Caesar. And certainly Julius wasn’t short of money... Caesar that is not Baer. Sorry I was temporarily buried in a post-Pompeiian time warp recalling dates... You get the impression that erosion won’t trouble the Getty Villa as a cataclysm already hit the stratigraphy and left it high and dry. Papyri didn’t enjoy the height to stand a chance of escaping burial. But the beautiful entrance from the Pacific Coast Highway provides you with the perfect start to an intriguingly cheerful living tomb of treasures.

Look out for the usual bust of Marcus Aurelius which looks uncannily like Cicero ;-)

I think J.P housed many artefacts that many other collectors were too superstitious to house themselves. That’s the feeling I gained as I wandered around. The Child of Bacchus represented the Roman fascination with how a child could be bred to be a leader. To deliver man his drink. But it equally could be a miniature monument to a lost boy who gave everything to those who loved him and he loved. Nobody incorporated romance in to belief greater than Ancient Rome.

The Getty Trust always being aware of the times has an exhibition on-going at the time of writing; of Assyria and Iraq, which is breathlessly poignant.

You do need a car to get there. Public transport from Downtown LA will set you back two hours journey time. And it’s good value when you do arrive: just like at the Getty Center, the $20 parking fee doubles as an entry fee for everyone in the vehicle. J.P obviously left incentives for people to travel through time with their nearest and dearest. His public persona is flawless.

Date of experience: November 2019
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Reviewed January 9, 2020

We went on the architecture tour and it was well worth it. Lots of highlights that you miss otherwise.Interesting collection.

Date of experience: December 2019
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Reviewed January 7, 2020

A first class experience. This re-creation of a Roman villa comes complete with priceless statuary, beautiful gardens, and live plays in the amphitheater. I learn something new every visit. The sculptures have an appeal for adults while the gardens and reflecting pool are favorites of the kids. I always find a quiet and relaxing feeling when visiting the villa.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed January 5, 2020

You have to have a reservation to go here. There is no charge for the museum but the parking is $20. Plan to spend about 2 hours here. The gardens are really nice and the museum has multiple small rooms with Greek, Roman, and other arts. It was very interesting.

Date of experience: January 2020
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