FREE TOUR IN LOS ANGELES
Visiting the Getty Villa, Malibu has always been on my radar. 3 years have passed and today, I stare at myself in the mirror: “I’m going to Getty Villa, Malibu now. Not tomorrow, not next week. Now!” Lol. Like what was the deelydally?! I don’t even know.
Getty Villa, Malibu
If you have a thing for architecture, museums and gardens, you need to tour the Getty Villa, Malibu today. I’m surprised they combined the awesome architecture, museums and gardens all together. Nice move, Mr. Getty!
Hey, remember your world history textbooks? And remember the head shots of statues which stood in for Caesar, Caligula and Cato? Have you ever wondered where those statues are?
They’re all at the Getty, Malibu! O_O
Complimentary Tours are offered at Getty Villa, including Garden Tours, Architecture Tours, Collection Highlights Tours, Spotlight Talks, Focus Tours… and more.
Our tour guide was very friendly and we were each equipped with a portable headset so we could hear everything clearly. Using the headset is actually optional but I suggest wearing it so you can roam around on your own pace and still hear what the dude’s saying. Lol, that’s what I did.
The Getty Villa is modeled after a luxurious first-century Tuna– I mean, first-century Roman country house. Sorry, I’m hungry.
Getty Villa’s Roman-inspired architecture and gardens gives visitors the feeling of what a Roman villa was like 2,000 years ago– if you sum up your age with your cat, parents, siblings and cousins, it still won’t reach 2,000, years. It’s crazy old.
It’s hard to believe that while you walk through the magnificent villa, you’re not in ancient Rome. It’s lush landscaping and gardens are absolutely stunning, especially on a sunny day!
As you tour The Getty Villa, you’ll notice that you’re constantly moving between indoor and outdoor spaces.
Inside, galleries filled with natural light, are arranged by themes and include Gods and Goddesses, Dionysos and the Theater, Stories of the Trojan War and more.
Outside, you’ll find Roman-inspired architecture, replicas of bronze sculptures, beautiful fountains, four magnificent gardens (including a Herb Garden) — and a spectacular 220-foot-long reflecting pool.
Let me walk you through the beeeeautiful Herb Garden.
The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa houses 44,000 works of art from the Museum’s extensive collection of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities.
And if you’re feeling hungry, there’s a yummy little cafe with umbrella tables on a spacious deck overlooking the Villa.
Ground level galleries are much smaller than those on the second floor – they seemed to have more of an intimate feeling… Like being in someone’s house versus a museum. I have no other words to describe how beautiful the villa is. You’ll have to go there.
Our last stop was the Villa’s second level outdoor balcony, overlooking the Outer Peristyle Garden and Reflecting Pool… And beyond that, the Pacific Oceeeeean.
All of this is a legacy left by a man named J. Paul Getty as a gift to Los Angelinos and the world; the museum is free-of-charge – not the norm in the United States.
The Getty Villa was more enjoyable than I had anticipated; it’s one of those things I completely put off visiting while living in Los Angeles.
It’s the perfect and most leisurely way to spend an afternoon.
HOW TO GET THERE
Google Map of Getty Villa
Note: Access to Getty Villa entrance is only from the northbound right-hand lane of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).
The museum is free but you will pay $15 to park each car. Fill your car up, legally. Lol.
- Reserve! Reserveee! RESERVE!!! You can’t get in without a reservation.
- Admission to the Getty Villa is free (so, timed-ticket entry is required).
- Purchase your tickets online (just pick the day and time you want to go and print the tickets before you leave home).
- Be sure to have your tickets handy – you’ll need to give them to the person at the entry gate when you make the turn into the Getty Villa off the main road, before you park your car.
- You can wear sandals or shoes. They work good both ways. The Villa is extremely clean and safe.
- No need to bring an umbrella/hat. You can borrow umbrellas there. Just remember to return them before you leave.
BRING THE FOLLOWING
- Drinking water (at least a bottle)
- Packed lunch if you don’t want to eat at their cafe
- Rain gear (in case of bad weather)
- Extra money for emergency