THE GETTY VILLA
Petit Futé's opinion on THE GETTY VILLA
It's a little bit the little sister of Westwood's Getty Center. Jean-Paul Getty is known for being one of the richest men in the world. Collector, he had a villa built in the 1970 s to shelter his antique potteries and his paintings from masters. It presents paintings, engravings and sculptures, as well as temporary exhibitions. The museum which now houses collections is itself a collector's piece: the reproduction of a villa of Herculanum near Pompeii, which was buried under the ashes of Vesuvius in 79 BC, during the eruption of the volcano. It is a place of another time with its swimming pool surrounded by colonnades, Mediterranean trees, marble staircases. Niches contain statues from ancient Rome; sculptures and pottery find a new dimension. Jean Paul Getty's collections are showcased with an intelligent presentation and video videos. Among the Greco-Roman antiquities, we will admire vases and mosaics. Book enough time to explore the peristyle and its beautiful gardens before heading down to Malibu or Santa Monica, neighboring neighborhoods.
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Opening time and information on THE GETTY VILLA
Open every day except Tuesday from 10am to 5pm. Free admission. Reservation necessary on the website (including the visiting time). Parking US$15, US$10 after 3pm.