A Day at the Getty Villa

Getty Villa

Getty Villa

Whether you want to treat out-of-town guests to a special day or simply enjoy what’s practically in our own back yard, a visit to the Getty Villa is a great way to spend the day — and it’s practically free.

In fact, admission to the Getty Villa is free, but you’ll pay for parking. And you’ll need reservations, which you can make on the Getty Villa website. 

Getty Villa

Brad and Shannon Jones on a family visit to the Getty Villa

The Getty Villa is in Pacific Palisades and is one of the two locations of the J.Paul Getty Museum. In addition to an extensive collection of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities dating from 6,500 to 400 AD, there are beautiful gardens and grounds to explore.

Getty Villa

Getty Villa

In 1954, oil tycoon J.Paul Getty opened a gallery adjacent to his home in Pacific Palisades. Quickly running out of room, he built a second museum, the Getty Villa, on the property down the hill from the original gallery. The villa design was inspired by the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum and incorporated additional details from several other ancient sites. It opened in 1974 but was never visited by Getty, who died in 1976. 

Following his death, the museum inherited $661 million  and began planning a much larger campus, the Getty Center in Brentwood. The extensive collections were split between the two campuses. The antiquities collection at the Getty Villa is incredibly impressive and varied.

Getty Villa

Getty Villa

 

In addition to impressive antiquties and art work, there is an outdoor amphiteater, where shows are performed, and a restaurant. There’s also great views.

Getty Villa

 

 

About the Author

Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes. She has consistently been one of the top Realtors in the Long Beach area. Prior to her award-winning career in real estate with the Shannon jones Team, Shannon has had successful careers in journalism and public relations. She holds a bachelors degree from UC Irvine and a masters degree from UC Berkeley. Shannon holds E-Pro, CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), and PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) certifications. Shannon is very personable and maintains a very strong moral compass, always putting the best interest of home buyers/sellers above monetary goals. A California native, Shannon enjoys gardening, travel, reading, cooking and poker when she’s not selling homes MY DESIGNATIONS Lic# 01247705 | CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) | E-Pro | PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) MY SERVICE AREAS Anaheim Bellflower Buena Park Carson Cerritos Cypress Downey Fountain Valley Garden Grove Huntington Beach La Palma Lakewood Long Beach Los Alamitos Los Angeles County Norwalk Orange County Rossmoor San Pedro Seal Beach Signal Hill South Bay Westminster

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