Getty Villa

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The Outer Peristyle of the Getty Villa
The Outer Peristyle of the Getty Villa

The Getty Villa near Malibu, California is one of two locations of the J. Paul Getty Museum. The Getty Villa is an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria.

Oil tycoon J. Paul Getty originally opened a gallery adjacent to his home in Pacific Palisades, finding that he quickly ran out of room, he decided to open a second museum on the property (his original home still sits at the back of the property). In 1974, Getty opened the Getty Villa as his second museum in a re-creation of the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum, as well as incorporating details from several other ancient sites. In 1997 the Villa was closed for renovation until it reopened on January 28, 2006. The Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities are arranged by themes including Gods and Goddesses, Dionysos and the Theater and Stories of the Trojan War, housed within Roman-inspired architecture and surrounded by Roman-style gardens. The new architectural plan surrounding the Villa is designed to simulate an archaeological dig.

Admission to the Getty Villa is free but timed tickets must be obtained in advance. You can obtain these tickets (if available) by calling or visiting the Getty website. There is an $8.00 charge for parking (as of May, 2008). The museum is open Thursday to Monday, 10am – 5pm. It is closed Tuesday, Wednesday and on January 1, July 4, Armed Forces Day, Thanksgiving, and December 25.

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