Monday, February 17, 2014

Things to Do in Southern California: The Getty Villa


A couple of weekends ago, the need to get out of the house struck (as it so often does now that I'm back working from home!). When we visited the Getty Center a little over a year ago, we learned that before the larger museum in Los Angeles was built, J. Paul Getty had actually housed is art collection in his home in Pacific Palisades, CA, which is on the ocean in between Santa Monica and Malibu. After the collection outgrew his home, he built a Roman Villa nearby to allow for expansion.

The one big difference with the Getty Villa vs. the Getty Center is that you have reserve tickets for the Villa ahead of time. (The tickets are free, but you still have to go online to reserve a specific time slot. The only the thing you pay for, as with the Getty Center, is parking - $15 per car.) We had reserved tickets once before last summer, but something came up and we couldn't make it. Fortunately, when the idea popped up one Saturday, we were able to nab tickets for the very next day.

While the Getty Center focuses on European and American art and architecture, the Getty Villa is all about the Greco-Roman era. That means lots of statues:
 

 
 
 And beautiful murals:
 
 
And impressive gardens and architecture (not to mention a peek-a-boo ocean view!):
 
 
In the end, hubby and I decided we like the Getty Center a little better, just because it's more "our" kind of art. But the Villa is quite beautiful in its own right--and definitely worth a visit if you're in the Los Angeles area!

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