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A visit to Getty Villa

A visit to Getty Villa

Part of the fun of living in San Diego is being close enough to finally check out all of the things I want to do in Los Angeles without actually living there (aka I can handle the traffic for a total of 36 hours before I go bonkers). On my last trip to visit my BFF Aly, we spent the morning at the gorgeous Getty Villa. I didn’t know too much about about the villa or the Getty foundation before visiting, but I was really blown away by the extensive ancient art collection, Romanesque architecture and sprawling Mediterranean gardens.  Getty Villa in Malibu, California

A few logistical tips: although the entry is free, you do need an advance timed-entry ticket. Parking costs $15 (or $10 after 3pm). Highly recommend going as early as possible to beat the crowds: we went when it opened at 10am, and we basically had the whole gardens to ourselves. After you visit, you’re only about a 10-minute (incredibly scenic) drive from the delicious and beautiful Malibu Farm: it’s the most delightful way to spend a morning!

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What’s your favorite museum in Los Angeles? Looking for more cultural and arts activities to check out on my next trip.

  • purplekat99

    I am an Eastsider all the way, so I love the Norton Simon and The Huntington over in Pasadena. Many a elementary school field trip to both places, great memories!

  • Kerri

    Not a museum (or in LA, for that matter), but next summer you should check out Pageant of the Masters in Laguna. Summed up, it’s a festival during which famous paintings are re-created in life-size using real people. 🙂