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Getty Villa

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2010 - 2017.

Few in the Los Angeles area have not heard of the Getty Center high on a hill overlooking West LA. This is the second Getty Museum. A few miles west, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is the Getty Villa which closed for a major renovation on 1997, about the same time that the Center opened. On January 28, 2006 the Villa reopened to large enthusiastic crowds. Even the Villa isn't the first Getty Museum. On the same site is J. Paul Getty's former home that was open as a museum on a limited schedule beginning in 1954. Getty bought the sixty-four acre site in 1945 and began building the Villa in 1968 to open in 1974.

The design of the Villa, which is dedicated to classical art, is a close copy of an actual villa (Villa of the Papyri) in Herculaneum which was buried in an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Real art is in the galleries while many perfect and beautiful copies of statuary grace the gardens. The Herb Garden itself contains many plants that would have been found in a Mediterranean garden of that time.

In addition to the art, the Villa is also an education Center. The art centers on Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities arranged by themes including Gods and Goddesses, Dionysos and the Theater, and Stories of the Trojan War.

The is a lot more to the Getty than two museums. The foundation includes art restoration and preservation studies, education, research, as well as support to other museums such as Getty Interns who help other museums for the summer. Getty Images is used by graphic artists and other professionals.

Admissions: Free, but must have a timed ticket. Admission is allowed to passengers of public busses, but rules apply. See the official Getty Villa web site at http://www.getty.edu/visit/ for details and to reserve your tickets.

17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, California 90272
(Also often referred to as in Malibu)

Please note that access to the Getty Villa entrance is only from the northbound right-hand lane of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).

Phone: (310) 440-7300

Wednesday-Monday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Tuesday closed
Closed Tuesdays and on January 1, July 4 (Independence Day), Thanksgiving, and December 25 (Christmas Day).
Closed selected Wednesdays in August through October (see the official web site).
Looking across the pool toward the Villa.
West side of Outer Peristyle.

West side of Outer Peristyle.

East side of Outer Peristyle.
Pool in Outer Peristyle. In a Roman villa, this pool would have contained fish for dinner.
Statuary in the pool.
This small temple is south of the Outer Peristyle. The statue isa cpy and visitors are invited to touch it.
The small intimate East Garden.
The Herb Garden contains plants that would have been in the Herb Garden of the ancient villa. .

Fountain in the Herb Garden.
Inner Peristyle. There seems to be a missing sculpture around the pool. This is because the ruins that this house is based on, was also missing one statue.
One of the several galleries in the Villa filled with Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities.
This pool and fountain is beside the Museum Store.

Staff area behind the Villa.

This was J. Paul Getty's house. He filled it with art and in 1954 opened it as a museum two hours a day, two days a week by appointment. He eventually built the Villa.

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