Built-in 1970 and renovated in 1996, Villa Getty is a breathtaking space that transports its visitors back to Ancient Rome, Greece and Eturia so they can fall in love with their art and culture.
Collection and Exhibitions
The museum houses over 40,000 pieces of Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities, of which over 1,200 are displayed in the 23 galleries dedicated to the permanent collection, while other pieces are rotated among the 5 galleries dedicated to temporary exhibitions.
Getty Villa has objects dating from 6,500 BC to 400 BC, including both impressive monumental sculptures as well as everyday objects from ancient history.
The four gardens of the Getty Villa have been preserved with the typical Roman layout, creating relaxing and harmonious spaces where you can admire bronze sculptures, mosaic fountains and over 300 different plant species.
In the herb garden, for example, traditional herbs used by the ancient Romans are cultivated as well as a variety of fruit trees and grapevines.
The Getty Villa is a fascinating and magical place that's educational as well as a pleasant, relaxing day out. Entry is free, so it's something you shouldn't miss if you're in Santa Monica.
From Wednesday to Monday: from 10 am to 5 pm.
Parking: $20 ($15 from 3 pm).
Bus: Sepulveda Boulevard stop, number 734.