Your Guide to the Getty Villa in Malibu, California
Today we’re in Malibu, California, just steps from the Pacific Ocean exploring the famous Getty Villa Museum.
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Modeled after the Villa dei Papiri, 64 acres have been transformed to reflect one of the most opulent seaside villas in the ancient Roman world.
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A 450 seat open air Greek amphitheater was designed based on ancient prototypes. Here audiences experience classical dramas and concerts.
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Four wonderful gardens are spread across the museum grounds: Herb Garden, East Garden, Inner Peristyle, and (my favorite) the Outer Peristyle.
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This formal Outer Peristyle garden has a 225ft long reflecting pool running down the center, an exact replica of the one from the Villa dei Papiri.
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The museum’s collection includes nearly 44,000 Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities.
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Over 1,200 artifacts are on display at any given time here. Over 7000 years of art from the Stone Age to the fall of the Roman empire rest here.
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From sculpture to jewelry, the Villa houses a vast collection of art in the museum’s two-story 48,000 square-foot gallery space.
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Getty believed in making art accessible to the masses for both education & enjoyment. In 1954, he opened a small museum at his ranch house.
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Enjoy the local mule deer who roam the grounds, as well as the 300 varieties of plants reflecting the CA climate & gardens from ancient Roman times.
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While only a portion of the grounds are open to the public, you can spend all day exploring the museum grounds and the historic artifacts here.
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Hours are 10am - 5pm six days a week, (closed on Tuesdays). Admission is free & parking is $20. Timed tickets are required (no walk-ins are allowed).
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