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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Getting There: The Getty Villa, Part V

Getty to the Getty Villa is easy, but there are a few things you need to know.

First: admission is free. That's right. Free - every day the museum is open.

Second, you need to make a parking reservation ahead of time.

This can be done on-line or over the phone (310) 440-7300.

But you can't just show up and expect to get in. And, yes, they really do check (above).

Third, while admission is free - parking isn't. It now costs $15 per vehicle to park.

And, no, you can't park in the neighborhood and walk in. The only walk-ins allowed are people coming in by public bus or taxi. And, yes, they really check. Traveling with kids, we just made parking reservations and paid the $15.

Walking toward the entrance. Fourth, be sure and pick up a map, and schedule of the free tours, and - if you have kids - the guides for children.

Here's the main entrance to the museum.

I stopped and took a photo of the incredible marble tile work just before walking in at the entrance. Wow.

This is your first view as you enter. Fifth, I highly recommend the headsets rentals (esp if you have kids kids) which are found to the left.

As an aside, the Getty Villa refers to itself as being in Malibu, but it's actually located within the in the City of Los Angeles (in Pacific Palisades). In fact, the Malibu city border begins a mile west of the Villa.

Sixth, and finally, don't forget a camera.

Whether you live here in Los Angeles, or are an out of town guest, it's definitely worth a visit.

© 2009

1 comment:

Anna Lowenstein said...

Thanks for these photos. I was looking for photos of the villa because I'm writing a historical novel set in Ancient Rome. Mostly I found shots of the garden and peristyle, so I particularly liked your photos which showed me other views, especially the atrium.