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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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  • Amazing collection that is on display. Fun to recognize things from Pompeii. Easy to travel even though it looks hard out for bad legs.
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  • We are into the history of the Pompeii area and that area in Italy. We have seen several museums with items from there. This was a pleasant surprise. It is a reproduction of a villa from Pompeii. When...  more »
  • There is nothing not great about this museum. It's a museum of antiquities and I, for one, am grateful that Mr. Getty was kind enough to decide to share his amazing collections with the world, for fre...  more »
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  • This was a beautiful and clean museum experience. All you have to do is pay for parking ($15) and you can get a wonderful self-guided tour with the use of the (free!) provided ipad touches. Gorgeous grounds and ancient art is a wonderful way to spend your day if that's your bag! We also noticed that this place is extremely popular to take professional family and wedding type photos at, you won't be disappointed if you are looking for some amazing shots of/ in nature.
  • If the Getty Center seems to much (in size and scope) the Villa is smaller and focused on the Getty's antiquity collection. It is a beautiful setting and can be thoroughly explored in less than a day (unlike the Center). You do have to make online reservations and you will have to print out your tickets (there didn't seem to be any other way), so be prepared. And there seems to be only one entrance for parking and is only accessible by driving North on the PCH towards the Villa. Parking is the only thing you will be charged for, entrance is otherwise free.
  • Definitely would tell anyone to visit this place. You do need to get a free pass online before you arrive. Yes, it is a free pass, but!, the parking isn't free. So be prepared to pay a fee for parking. Aside form that, this place is so educational and inspiring. Beautiful architecture, unique statutes, and artifacts. Don't bring open containers to the viewing rooms, not allowed.
  • Definitely worth a visit! A great place to spend some time and get a feeling of Greek and Roman art. Beautiful gardens and very educational exhibitions. You have to reserve your free ticket online in advance and be prepared to pay $15 for parking.
  • This is an incredible museum. The only money we spent was for parking. Admission to the museum was free. It was a beautiful place styled after a Roman villa. Be sure to get your tickets in advance online. They are free, but are used to control the amount of visitors in a given day. Also remember you will pay for parking ($15).