The Getty Villa

Los Angeles, CA

Where are we going?

The Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Hwy
Pacific Palisades
CA 90272

310 440-7300

What is there to do?

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! 

How much does it cost?

Adults: Free

Children: Free


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.


When can we go?

Wednesday to Monday 10am - 5pm

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


Any top tips?

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

I’m Hungry!

They have a yummy cafe which serves Mediterranean-inspired dishes with indoor and outdoor seating if it's a lovely day. <p> 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. <p> The cafe offers a "Bambino" menu for children with organic and locally grown produce where they can. - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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