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The Getty Villa, Malibu

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Check out the only ancient life-size Greek bronze statues that survive in the modern world, titled Victorious Youth, at The Getty Villa. The Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum inspired the museum's classical architecture and landscaping. The villa has a vast library and enormous collection of works from Greek, Roman, and Etruscan civilizations. You can view 44,000 antiques dating as far back as 6,500 BCE. After you have examined the historical sculptures and other installations in the villa's gallery, take a walk through its gardens in the main courtyard and try the Mediterranean food at the cafe. Before you head to Malibu, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Malibu vacation builder, to make sure you see all that Malibu has to offer, including The Getty Villa.
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  • This space has the ability to transport you back in time to the splendor that was Roman country life before Vesuvius erupted in 79 CE. Picture yourself walking these colonnades with Caesar's father-in...  more »
  • The Getty Villa is beautiful and is perfect for pictures. There are museums in the villa as well so you can definitely spend an hour or more there. We arrived after 3pm so parking is only $10 ($15 bef...  more »
  • Visiting the Getty villa is a good way to kill 2-3 hours in Malibu. The grounds and the building are beautiful but it gets a bit hard to appreciate this when it is crowded. The intro film is very inte...  more »
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  • We recently visited 12 Los Angeles attractions and the Getty Villa was our favorite! Tickets are required but are free. Grounds and parking open at 9:30 a half hour before the museum. We had so much fun walking through the garden and halls without a soul around. Best time to go! I could picture bringing our toddlers here and having them be okay too, a stroller would get around fine, go early to maximize your expirence!
  • The Getty collections are exhibited at Getty Center as well as at Getty Villa in Los Angeles, California. The Getty Center features collections of art from the Middle Ages to the present. The Getty Villa at Malibu is the original location of the Paul Getty museum and it is an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. The Greeks are credited with developing democracy, philosophy, theater, and athletics. The Romans built upon elements of Greek culture to create art, agriculture, law, philosophy, and literature. The Etruscan occupied the central part of Italian peninsula which was rich with agricultural and mineral resources. Both museums have variety of exhibitions and educational programs for adults and children. The cafe at Getty Villa serves casual Mediterranean fare and has an indoor and outdoor seating. Menu choices are variable including food and desserts. Wine and beer are also available. No reservations are needed for the Cafe but one has to make reservations for visiting the museum.
  • One of the perks of being wealthy, J.Paul.Getty had an exquisite and very refined collection of art work. Now this is available to all ordinary folks like us. One of the best collection, nothing like this anywhere in the west coast, only New York's museums come close to it. Just a viewing pleasure!!
  • One of my favorite retreats in the Los √Āngeles area. It's beautiful! The museum of ancient artifacts is impressive. The garden of herbs and fruit trees is very well tended. Highly recommend a visit to this place. Parking is $15. Entrance is free.
  • It's a copy of a Roman villa, with gardens for food, flowing water, reflecting pool, BILLION dollar view of the Pacific and location... The food available is quite good. Good museum shop. And it's STUFFED WITH ANTIQUITIES! Each room has a theme. It's one of the world's great museums, but it's small enough to see in a good day. TO EXPERIENCE the whole thing would take... forever? There are so many high level classes and tours. We learned to cook like a Roman, using food from the gardens. How cool is that!? Just GO.