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The Getty Villa Pacific Palisades

Where is it at?

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The Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades
CA
90272
Tel: 310 440-7300

Directions

The Getty Villa is served by Metro Bus 534, which stops at Coastline Drive and Pacific Coast Highway directly across from the Getty Villa entrance. If you do drive to 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy in Pacific Palisades, then parking is $15 (or $10 after 5pm)

Where are we going today?

They say Rome wasn't built in a day, but at The Getty Villa in Malibu you can certainly get a great idea of what the Roman culture was like in a day!  

Here you can get lost in the worlds of Greece, Rome and Etruria (if you haven't heard of that before, best get down there to find out where that is!)

As you wander around, have a look at all the sculptures, and portraits - what does every piece say to you about how they might have lived?  Who do you think was the person that actually crafted it?

Museums are not only great places to learn about the past, but to feel the past - to really get an understanding of not only another culture, but another time.

Their exhibitions rotate so you can always see something new when you go back on your next visit.  They have exhibits specifically on notable people who made an impact on history, such as the Emperors of Rome, and they have exhibits on actual craftsmanships such as glass marking. 

They have an incredible 23 galleries devoted to a permanent collection, where over 1,200 works are displayed that date from 6,500 BC to AD 400, (that's pretty much the Stone Age to the fall of Rome!) including artifacts on everyday life. 

The building itself is a work of art, and is actually a recreation of an ancient Roman country house. Can you imagine yourself living in a building such as this?

There are also beautiful gardens that you can enjoy when you need some fresh air to digest all of what you have seen and learnt.

Where art and history come to life! 

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How much does it cost?

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When can we go?

Wednesday to Monday 10am - 5pm

Shut Tuesdays. (Closed certain Wednesdays so check before you go)

Teachers corner

The Getty Villa has specific programs for College Students, and K-12 visits. You can open their eyes to history with self-guided or guided tours just for them! .

I'm Hungry!

They have a yummy cafe which serves Mediterranean-inspired dishes with indoor and outdoor seating if it's a lovely day.

There is also a coffee Kiosk for snacks like sandwiches and soups. and you can also pick up gourmet boxed lunches or bring your own lunch if you fancy a picnic!.

Healthy Eating!

The menus are created based on local ingredients and using organic produce where possible.

The cafe offers a "Bambino" menu for children with organic and locally grown produce where they can. .

Any Top Tips?

Your ticket, while free, has a timed entry to it so you need to schedule when you go. .

Need a little extra help?

Standard wheelchairs are available for free in the Entry Pavilion, and the museum is ADA accessible.

Guide dogs are welcome, and all public restrooms at the Getty Villa include accessible facilities.

They also have specific elements for blind or visually impaired, so make sure you talk to someone about options when you arrive. .

Baby Facilities

All of the public restrooms have changing tables, and family restrooms are available with changing facilities and a unisex stall. .

What people are saying?

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    Fantastic private collection of art. Pristine upkeep of grounds. Breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean - quite ideal for photos.

    Would be beautiful for a private party, though likely quite pricey to rent out.

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    The architecture of this place is amazing and the gardens are beautiful. It really gives you a great sense on how things were like in Greek/Roman times. You should definitely visit this place if your into Greek God's and Goddesses, Roman history, art, or into museums in general. It's free to visit and you only have to worry about the $15 parking.

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    This is another place that doesn't get old no matter how many times I go. It's nice to daydream and pretend like you're really in Italy (or like you own the villa). Again like the other Getty, it has amazing and inspiring architecture, gardens, views and art. A must.

    When coming from the street, you have to use an intercom to contact the guard and complimentary shuttle to take you up to the villa. You can't just walk on the steep driveway! Why would you want to anyway? The guard was courteous albeit a little rough, but it's the nature of his job...Read More

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    The Getty Villa Is Nice place to spend the day. As If I Took a whiff of history in ancient Greece. The Front Garden is the best with the Reflecting Pool. Go On a tour :architecture or Garden Tour. Check out The changing exhibits. When I visited the exhibits were The Molten Color.

    HATE THE BUMPY PARKING

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    Great location, lovely gardens and buildings, awesome showcase.

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by Diana dlS

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This is another place that doesn't get old no matter how many times I go. It's nice to daydream and pretend like you're really in Italy (or like you own the villa). Again like the other Getty, it has amazing and inspiring architecture, gardens, views and art. A must.

When coming from the street, you have to use an intercom to contact the guard and complimentary shuttle to take you up to the villa. You can't just walk on the steep driveway! Why would you want to anyway? The guard was courteous albeit a little rough, but it's the nature of his job to be strict. The driver was friendly and even remembered us when he drove us back down and asked about our visit.

It could be a pain for field trip bus drivers, though, because they're very strict in the school bus drop off area at the back. There's only one way so they'd have to go around the property again if need be and they're not allowed to leave the bus.

The Weather

Thursday

Conditions: Mostly Cloudy
Temp: 62° F / 16° C
Humidity: 84 %
Wind: West - 3 MPH

Friday

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Humidity: 83 %
Wind: W - 7 MPH

Saturday

Conditions: Overcast
Temp: 65° F / 18° C
Humidity: 89 %
Wind: SSW - 7 MPH

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