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There are two Getty museums created by generous oil tycoon J. Paul Getty. This one, the Getty Villa, is by far my favorite. It is warm and inviting, whereas the other one, the Getty Center, is more cold and modern. The architecture at the Getty Villa will wow you around every turn. Each room has an exquisite ceiling, columns, marble, the works. It feels as though you are in one of France's castles. The collections of Greek and Roman antiquities are equally as marvelous. There are bowls, jars, ornaments, necklaces from thousands of years before Christ.
Outside, a long reflecting pool dazzles as it stretches out toward the sea below. A sculpture of a man lazing in the sun sits in the midst of the pool. Grapes hang from vines overhead and frescoes decorate the walls. Children love to run around here enjoying the open space. There is also a pleasant herb garden around the corner.
When the Getty collection became too big to display here, the Getty Center was created. It is entirely different to the Getty Villa. It boasts amazing massive travertine marble buildings, sleek lines and fountains in the modern outdoor spaces, a large central garden with floating hedges, a charming sound garden, a cactus garden, and impressive city views. Kids like to ride the free monorail to the top.
Before your visit, grab a coffee at classy Malibu Colony Plaza. For an imaginative playground nearby, check out Las Flores Creek Park. Also nice for kids is Malibu Country Mart Mall, an outdoor mall with glorious mountain views and a crowded kid's playground with swings and sandpit. My favorite mall is Malibu Lumber Yard, a two-storey mall made entirely of hardwood with palm trees, mountain views, and live music on weekends.
While in LA, make sure you head over to Santa Monica Beach and Pier - it's a gorgeous spot with all the best Southern California has to offer- the beach, long walks at Palisades Park, shopping plaza at 3rd Street Promenade, and the carnival rides and carousel on the pier.
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The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades CA 90272. It's a little tricky entering the driveway. You must enter from the Pacific Coast Hwy (Hwy 1) going north. Though it looks like you can just turn left at the light by the villa when southbound, that road doesn't lead into the villa. If you're on the PCH southbound, you must pass the villa and make a u-turn. After your u-turn, there is a wall on your right and then you see the driveway.
If coming from the 405 Freeway, take the 10 Freeway west until you reach Santa Monica and then take Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) north for 5 miles.
You must get your free tickets online and print them before you come! There is a $15 fee for parking.
The Getty Villa is open from 10-5 every day except Tuesdays. Closed on January 1, July 4, Thanksgiving, and December 25.
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Overall Visitor Rating:
|This is a lovely museum, take some time to walk through the entire museum, check the website or call ahead for more info because you may need a reservation/ticket|
|wow must be nice to be living in CA at the moment lol|
|Getty Villa is the pearl of Los Angeles....|