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The Getty Villa, Malibu

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Check out the only ancient life-size Greek bronze statues that survive in the modern world, titled Victorious Youth, at The Getty Villa. The Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum inspired the museum's classical architecture and landscaping. The villa has a vast library and enormous collection of works from Greek, Roman, and Etruscan civilizations. You can view 44,000 antiques dating as far back as 6,500 BCE. After you have examined the historical sculptures and other installations in the villa's gallery, take a walk through its gardens in the main courtyard and try the Mediterranean food at the cafe. Arrange your visit to The Getty Villa and discover more family-friendly attractions in Malibu using our Malibu trip planner.
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  • The Villa has expanded over the decades with a larger outdoor eating and sitting area. Exhibits, presentation, architectual spaces and the gardens are well worth a visit which one must book ahead. 
    The Villa has expanded over the decades with a larger outdoor eating and sitting area. Exhibits, presentation, architectual spaces and the gardens are well worth a visit which one must book ahead.  more »
  • My husband and I went here and LOVED our experience. The museum offers multiple tours, an app that does audio tours and the ground are just gorgeous. Highly recommend! 
    My husband and I went here and LOVED our experience. The museum offers multiple tours, an app that does audio tours and the ground are just gorgeous. Highly recommend!  more »
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  • So glad we tried this place. The best surprise was how good the Cafe food was. They have legit chefs and really good food choices. I highly recommend visiting this museum if you get the chance. Get a reservation for entry and pay for parking online. Plan for at least 2 hours to enjoy the place. If you catch it on a sunny day sit outside for lunch and enjoy the beauty of this place. Lots of people from all over visiting and really nice workers too. California has the best weather and high end places to visit. Don't forget to visit the big Getty Museum in LA as well. That one plan an entire day to see everything it has inside tho. This Getty Villa is much smaller scale compared to the big Getty.
  • If you’ve been to the big Getty museum, imagine a smaller one overlooking the Pacific Ocean and this is it! You need tickets in advance - free, print at home and just pay the parking fee. There is a cafe with the expected cafeteria flavor and $$ so just grab a quick snack or coffee and head out to any of Malibu’s restaurants by the ocean. The view of the ocean is stunning and the collections although limited are still very good. Your parking fee is good for both Getty museums on the same day. Update: Although I’ve been here a couple of times, this place still amazes me.

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