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The Getty Villa is an art museum showcasing three major ancient cultures of the Mediterranean world; The Greeks, The Etruscans, and The Romans. The building itself is modeled after the Villa dei Papiri, a first century Roman country house in Herculaneum which was buried in the aftermath of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 a.d. The building is not an exact replica, however. Much of the original house remains unexcavated so many of the details of the building are modeled after elements taken from other ancient Roman homes.
Most of the artwork showcased in the Villa is on display inside the Museum. Here you can see over 1,200 works of art from all three ancient civilizations including statues, mosaics, pottery, glasswork, and more. The different galleries inside the museum are separated by theme which include Gods and Goddesses, Dionysos and the Theater, and Stories of the Trojan War, just to name a few. The Villa also plays home to four beautiful gardens; The East Garden, the Inner Peristyle, the Herb Garden, and the Outer Peristyle. The grounds also feature an indoor auditorium, a cafe, a gift store, and outdoor theater.
If you plan on visiting the Getty Villa there are a few things to know before hand. Before you go, you must make a reservation by either calling (310.440.7300) or reserving online. Entrance into the Villa is always free, however there is a 15$ charge for parking or 10$ after 3pm. They are open from 10am to 5pm daily with the exception of Tuesdays when they are closed. You are free to roam around the grounds on your own, however if you wish to do a tour they have many available. Check their website for available tours and times. Lastly, make sure to bring a camera with you because there are countless photo opportunities throughout the property.
17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272