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J. Paul Getty Villa

J. Paul Getty Villa

Art Museum and Art Gallery
Pacific Palisades, Pacific Palisades
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  • Paul R.
    Paul Robert6 days ago
    Top ten visit
  • Nikki
    NikkiAugust 12, 2017
    lovely grounds and a timeless collection of ancient art and artifacts. multiple fountain gardens, thoughtfully illuminated in the evenings
  • Pelin G.
    Pelin Güvenç KefelAugust 6, 2017
    Amazing location and an amazing structure!
  • Larry N.
    Larry NebelJuly 28, 2017
    Amazing building and exhibits
  • Chenjing W.
    Chenjing WangMay 2, 2017
    Fantastic design and art collection. Reminds me of Sevilla. Nothing could go wrong in Malibu. Finally cross it off my list.
  • Caro S.
    Caro SchieferApril 17, 2017
    Definitely worth a visit. Only parking costs 15$. Entrance is free but requires a online pre-reservation.
  • Ted P.
    Ted PalenskiFebruary 28, 2017
    Check out those mosaics though. Beautiful. Be sure to reserve ahead of time, it's free! (Parking is $15.)
  • Ron S.
    Ron SterankoFebruary 14, 2017
    Several areas closed for renovation. Need advanced reservations usually, but I got lucky on a Monday afternoon just dropping in.
  • Ron S.
    Ron SterankoFebruary 13, 2017
    Outdoor peristyle
  • Bijoy G.
    Bijoy GoswamiJanuary 6, 2017
    History, come alive!
  • Larisa G.
    Larisa GrollemondNovember 28, 2016
    Come for the site, stay for the art.
  • Laura B.
    Laura BrgNovember 9, 2016
    Amazing place. To do absolutely. Sculptures, poteries, paintings from Greece and romaine antiquity
  • Nikki C.
    Nikki CawleyOctober 9, 2016
    Look up! Look down! Look at all the stunning gardens! There are patterns and interesting things to see literally everywhere here, the art itself isn't the only thing to not miss!
  • Andru M.
    Andru MSeptember 28, 2016
    great place to visit but an inconvenience that you need a car to get to the entrance or leave
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuSeptember 12, 2016
    Beautiful architecture (but not a fan of antiquity art except the pornographic scenes in red ink vases). Almost worth the visit except for that damn $15 parking.
  • Cheapeats I.
    Cheapeats IncAugust 11, 2016
    Great piece of history and the grounds are beautiful
  • Darlene J.
    Darlene JeffersonJuly 4, 2016
    The Grounds are beautiful! Informative tours!
  • Paulette O.
    Paulette OsborneJuly 1, 2016
    The Getty Villa is a very special place. Very casual. I have never seen it crowded. You need to make a reservation but it's free.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HerrJune 17, 2016
    So many treasures and visit there free
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonMarch 25, 2016
    The Getty Villa is a recreation of an ancient Roman country house.
  • Ebbani R.
    Ebbani ReyesMarch 9, 2016
    Is a very nice place to visit in a sunny day. Free access but you need to you pay parking place $15.
  • Tolga
    TolgaJanuary 26, 2016
    Not bad but not impressive. if you are coming from Europe and especially have been in Italy or Greece; You can skip and save time .
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie M.January 22, 2016
    Stunning, stunning place! Gorgeous gardens, superb architecture, great exhibits. If I lived in LA, I'd be visiting pretty often!
  • Brad H.
    Brad HagerJanuary 3, 2016
    Beautiful place with stunning artwork & antiques. The architecture is amazing. So much to see & take in so allow yourself hours. Guides / staff are VERY good.
  • Marsha N.
    Marsha NaifyDecember 16, 2015
    Love the building and grounds.
  • Paul S.
    Paul SmithOctober 29, 2015
    Go here for antiquities and fantastic grounds.
  • Fatma G.
    Fatma GencOctober 16, 2015
    WhAt are we doing heeeeere
  • Matei P.
    Matei P.September 2, 2015
    A great way to spend the day in LA. Not to be missed - even for Europeans! :-)
  • Gaia D.
    Gaia DempseyAugust 23, 2015
    I love taking some quiet time in the reading room looking out over the Roman gardens. The books are always fascinating and can delve you into the history of the culture.
  • Alberto J S M.
    Alberto J S Moreau DAugust 11, 2015
    I was not expecting to be as wonderful as it is, lovely place to walk, relax and have many pictures
  • Sam L.
    Sam LeeJuly 11, 2015
    Absolutely beautiful garden!
  • Go Find Alice
    Go Find AliceMay 28, 2015
    Cute place for a date! Beautiful garden and ocean view of Malibu
  • Alexa W.
    Alexa WhitesideMay 20, 2015
    The architecture and the gardens at the villa are way more interesting than the art itself. Go outside and enjoy. (Though maybe I've been spoiled with the art available in New York and Paris. )
  • Christian O.
    Christian OrtizApril 23, 2015
    This place is out of this world, great collection and decoration
  • Hannah M.
    Hannah MueryApril 10, 2015
    I love it! The art is phenomenal as well as the architecture!
  • Mark A.
    Mark AApril 5, 2015
    Every time I'm in LA a visit to the Getty Villa is a must. Live the place!
  • Abby F.
    Abby FilsingerMarch 26, 2015
    Really fun place to be the staff is super helpful and they have a cute little lunch place there
  • Martin K.
    Martin KMarch 12, 2015
    You need to reserve a ticket. Drive-ups might receive tickets. Just ask the porter.
  • Rune S.
    Rune SovndahlFebruary 3, 2015
    Worth visiting and seeing how much he curated
  • Katrina Z.
    Katrina ZaiJanuary 27, 2015
    I love that it's free to go visit as long as tix were booked in advance Online.
  • roseborn c.
    roseborn cudjoeJanuary 4, 2015
    Love this place
  • Meredith
    MeredithDecember 29, 2014
    Most of the water features are off because of the drought (at least for now). Still a stunning museum with beautiful gardens and art!
  • Anabella M.
    Anabella MingoNovember 30, 2014
    Great building and architecture but to see antique italian art, go to Italy, not worthy to spend time here
  • Phillip W.
    Phillip WoodOctober 18, 2014
    Beautiful gardens, yes. Peaceful on any weekday. Want a photo? Ask someone around you! Leave your selfie stick at home.
  • Queenie C.
    Queenie C.September 14, 2014
    When you make a ticket reservation you're allotted 1 hour from your reservation time to arrive after your appointment. Also the cafe closes at 4p on Saturday.
  • Haley D.
    Haley DoveAugust 25, 2014
    Park on the highest level for easy access to the museum. The museum is on top of the parking lot!
  • Jen D.
    Jen DavisAugust 19, 2014
    Beautiful place! Free entry ($15 for parking) to amazing grounds and a huge exhibit. Plan to be there 3-4 hrs to see it all. I'll be back!
  • lunani
    lunaniAugust 17, 2014
    Parking is $15, but if you grab a complimentary voucher at information desk, free parking at Getty Center for same day!
  • Candice H.
    Candice HardingJuly 22, 2014
    One of the delights of Los Angeles. Excellent tours, exhibits & docents. Make parking reservation on the web site. The museum is free, they chg for parking. Lunch avail in the indoor/outdoor cafe.
  • Stella B.
    Stella Bel ScranJuly 9, 2014
    We made a reservation to get a ticket.Admission is free parking is $15.Very friendly security and volunteers.
  • Amanda J.
    Amanda JacobsMay 28, 2014
    Amazing Day Adventure - Parking is $15, Food is fantastic, plan for about 3-5 hours to see everything!
  • Karen H.
    Karen HallMarch 31, 2014
    Allow several hours. So much to see!
  • Chellie C.
    Chellie CullenFebruary 19, 2014
    This place is beyond incredible, just beware the café! Super over priced!!
  • Eddy L.
    Eddy LordFebruary 10, 2014
    Save the pool garden for your exit. Be a tourist in your own town!
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WFebruary 9, 2014
    Really cool place!
  • sofarsoShawn
    sofarsoShawnFebruary 3, 2014
    "Festina Lente" Make haste, slowly. That's on a fridge magnet I got from the gift store #GoodAdvice
  • Hrag V.
    Hrag VartanianJanuary 27, 2014
    Collection is good but not stellar, though there are a few stand outs like the "Victorious Youth" and the gold wreath, but the setting is a delight. Take you time & enjoy the educational materials.
  • Sabina B.
    Sabina B.December 31, 2013
    If you're not super into antiquities, stick to the Getty Museum - the traffic to and fro is not worth the trip.
  • H. C.
    H. Colbert (@hrsch)October 16, 2013
    If you pay for parking at one museum, you can visit the other one, on the same day, for free. Ask for a pass at the information booth.
  • Ignis Dalini E.
    Ignis Dalini EcheverriSeptember 30, 2013
    Beautiful place, you feel like in a Roman Village, fabulous collection of ancient art. Free! but don't forget to make reservation. Also free Wifi (like in Getty Musseum in LA)
  • Alyssa B.
    Alyssa BautistaAugust 19, 2013
    Check in to get a 20% discount at the souvenir shop! ;)
  • Aisha A.
    Aisha AlexAugust 7, 2013
    Smaller than the Los Angeles Getty so you can see everything in one day. Beautiful gardens, great food at the cafe, all around a lovely place to spend the day.
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesAugust 1, 2013
    This magnificent Malibu property includes an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria.
  • Dana S.
    Dana SekeresJuly 29, 2013
    Beautiful herb garden, definitely worth it
  • dubstep n.
    dubstep nationJuly 19, 2013
    Got to love free wifi :D
  • Paulette O.
    Paulette OsborneJuly 18, 2013
    Always wonderful. Relaxing and beautiful.
  • Alejandro L.
    If you are in Los Angeles this is a must
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MercerJune 6, 2013
    Tickets are free as long as you book online in advance (parking is $15). Great place for a fun afternoon date - make a picnic out of the gardens, then go to Dukes of Malibu for a dessert.
  • Emily W.
    Emily WApril 17, 2013
    Want these slippers
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesMarch 28, 2013
    20% discount at Getty Center and Getty Villa Museum Store
  • Mia D.
    Mia Del CidJanuary 5, 2013
    Garden is prettier in the summer
  • Astrid S.
    Astrid SalehDecember 31, 2012
    Check your coat in and get the audio tour at the Information desk.
  • Madame L.
    Madame LoloDecember 23, 2012
    Smokers tip: you can smoke in the fruit and herbs garden :)
  • Mark D.
    Mark DierkingNovember 27, 2012
    bad cell phone service
  • Bobby N.
    Bobby NooromidNovember 3, 2012
    If you end up arriving at the gate without a reservation, call them (310.440.7300) and they'll give you a ticket number in less than a minute, which you'll be able to provide it in time to security.
  • Natalia Q.
    Natalia QuinteroJuly 10, 2012
    Modeled after Julius Caesar's father-in-law's villa in southern Italy, the Getty Villa provides a stunning space for the display of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan art & sculpture.
  • Jason 6.
    Jason 64128June 12, 2012
    Built by oil tycoon as a museum to house his ancient collections, the building is the only recreation of a Roman patrician villa in the US and is modeled after the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum.
  • Anson A.
    Anson AlexanderJune 5, 2012
    Plan a full day or two if you want to see everything the Getty Villa has to offer.
  • TurkeyVision
    TurkeyVisionMay 5, 2012
    Don't miss this beautiful Roman Bracelet. Large emeralds, blue glass, and now-missing pearls contrast with the gold background of the brace
  • Karin C.
    Karin CainMarch 14, 2012
    Cool place to go
  • Charles E.
    Charles EdgeMarch 2, 2012
    Check out the gift shop!
  • Abie H.
    Abie HFebruary 18, 2012
    Feels like half the Uffizi is here. Nice! (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Patrick E.
    Patrick EscandeFebruary 16, 2012
    Awesome garden!
  • Juston P.
    Juston PayneJanuary 9, 2012
    Purrty structure and purrty views. Oh, and purry art.
  • xtinadiener
    xtinadienerDecember 15, 2011
    Bring a picnic and have a lovely lunch in one of the beautiful courtyards
  • Gianni L.
    Gianni LoveOctober 30, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The Modern Antiquity exhibit starts November 2nd. The Aphrodite exhibit is set for Feb 2012. ;-)
  • Carlos H.
    Carlos HernandezOctober 14, 2011
    Parking is $15
  • Sylvia D.
    Sylvia DunbarSeptember 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Magnificant collection!
  • My Social One
    My Social OneSeptember 26, 2011
    The Getty Villa in Malibu is an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. Admire the views, art, and architecture?
  • kim h.
    kim halversonSeptember 21, 2011
    make your parking reservation. take the docent tour, good stuff. great views!
  • Jay W.
    Jay WestSeptember 1, 2011
    Nice views and location.. Great site views for photography also!
  • Julie B.
    Julie BaylorAugust 25, 2011
    Love the gardens and 2nd floor!
  • Malibu Country Mart
    Malibu Country MartAugust 21, 2011
    Great place to bring a date or bring the kids. The gardens are breathtaking. They may inspire you to garden more.
  • Mario L.
    Mario L.August 20, 2011
    There's the gorgeous Getty on Getty Center Dr. and then there's the Gettly, so, pretty!
    MANISHJune 17, 2011
    manishboyz luv Getty Read more
  • ToryBurch
    ToryBurchMay 3, 2011
    Although most of the art has moved to the Frank Gehry-designed Getty Center, the original site—J. Paul Getty's former villa—still houses Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities.
  • Vivek D.
    Vivek D.March 16, 2011
    Parking is $15, but admission is free!
  • Kevin W.
    Kevin WhiteJanuary 31, 2011
    One of few museums in the area that serves beer and wine. Grab a glass!
  • Mario F.
    Mario Fernandez JrDecember 21, 2010
    Shadow theater in the kids area is AMAZING!
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesOctober 13, 2010
    The Getty Villa is the only reconstruction of a Roman Patrician country home in the United States
  • Diane Y.
    Diane YoonSeptember 13, 2010
    At the cafe, try the grilled flatbread with burrata and stone fruit. I'm not sure if it's seasonal, but it really hit the spot.
  • Monica M.
    Monica MSeptember 9, 2010
    The restaurant is delish
  • Sharon D.
    Sharon DAugust 29, 2010
    Need a ticket to enter (get them online prior), free admission but must pay $15 to park, Beautiful gardens, closes @ 4pm.
  • Dora
    DoraJune 28, 2010
    The walk from the parking lot can get looooong, but there are strollers to borrow at the concierge.Powered by Read more
  • Michael K.
    Michael KukuchkaJune 15, 2010
    Best escape to the Mediterranean while not leaving Malibu.
  • Bill M.
    Bill McKayApril 25, 2010
    Try the eggplant panini at the Getty Villa in Malibu.Awesome lunch. Read more
  • Rick G.
    Rick GarciaMarch 26, 2010
    Lots of sculptures but enjoy other Getty more
  • Tiffany F.
    Tiffany FereydouniMarch 18, 2010
    Beautiful place to spend an afternoon. Maybe even have a picnic there! Then go for a drive along the pacific coast towards Malibu and head to the beach in time to get in some sun and enjoy the sunset! Read more
  • K.
    Classy yet cheap date idea! Well, it's actually free. This was Cheap Date Idea #96 on my blog. Read more
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DavisFebruary 18, 2010
    Take the tours! They are free and a great way to find out whats up.
  • Ryan J.
    Ryan JesenaFebruary 18, 2010
    I've heard so much good stuff about this place. I definitely need to take some time and visit this place.
  • Victoria L.
    Victoria LinssenJanuary 30, 2010
    Check out the antiquities collections at the Getty Villa on the PCH. Reserve ahead and it's free. Read more
  • Francine K.
    Francine KiznerDecember 29, 2009
    The Chimaera exhibit is neat - who wouldn't find a lion-goat-snake interesting?! Beautiful place to spend an afternoon. Be sure to make reservations.
  • Claudia Y.
    Claudia YuskoffDecember 20, 2009
    Oh the drama! Definitely go the Villa for one of their Greek theater tragedy nights. Did I mention the architecture and gardens are to die for! Read more
  • Gregory M.
    Gregory MDecember 13, 2009
    make reservations!
  • LaAsia A.
    LaAsia AikenDecember 3, 2009
    Beautiful scenery, the gardens are beautiful. Wonderful art pieces. Read more
  • Tim S.
    Tim SchulzAugust 8, 2009
    Visit the Getty Villa in Malibu
  • Juan I.
    Juan InmacolatoSeptember 5, 2017
    Para sentir que regresas a Pompeya debes visitar y si estás al final de verano los jardines son lo máximo
  • Elena B.
    Elena BesedovskayaJanuary 24, 2017
    Очень красивый музей.Богатая экспозиция .Отличная детская мастерская для изучения античности.
  • Natasha N.
    Natasha NoMarch 10, 2016
    Grátis, mas requer reserva antecipada pela internet com hora marcada.Architecture Tour 10:30 11:30 12:30 13:30 14:30 pm, 15:30 Qui e Sáb 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm Est $ 15
  • Vanessa S.
    Vanessa SeixasFebruary 4, 2016
    Lindo museo!
  • Fabrice E.
    Fabrice ElustondoMarch 29, 2015
    Très belle villa avec de très belles pièces antiques... A ne pas raté à L.A.
  • Alexei L.
    Alexei LeskinFebruary 26, 2015
    Непонятно, что лучше: античные экспонаты или само здание?
  • Patricio H.
    Patricio HurtadoJune 5, 2014
    No dejes de visitarla si pasas por Malibú. Una impresionante colección de piezas de arte en un entorno que te transporta a otro lugar en otro tiempo. La entrada es gratuita, pero hay que reservar.
  • Hector D.
    Hector DiazApril 29, 2013
  • Ivan F.
    Ivan FaermanJanuary 5, 2013
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