Getty Villa on the cliffs in Malibu, California
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Getty Villa on the cliffs in Malibu, California

Enjoy the day and share the experience of J. Paul Getty's love of ancient artworks. Spend an afternoon having tea in a dupilcated Roman Villa, sitting on the cliffs of Malibu California.

The Getty Villa sits on the cliffs in Malibu with a view overlooking the Pacific Ocean. You can’t miss it as you drive along the pacific coast highway.  J. Paul Getty requested that the Villa be used as an educational center, dedicated to the study of art and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria.  In maintaining his wishes the Villa receives audiences from academia, research, and public programs.

Getty’s interest and love of arts lead to the building of the Getty Villa as we know it today, which was inspired by his love of Roman architecture.  It resembles the Villa die Papiri, which was destroyed during the Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 A.D.  As you walk through the Villa and its gardens, you’ll get a chance to see antiquities, which are arranged by themes: Gods, Goddess and Dionysos who was the son of Zeus and a mortal woman named Semele. Dionysos was the god of wine, vegetation and the theater.

Getty Villa Events

Tea by the Sea

Thursdays at 1PM, the Founder's Room is serving teas along with Panini and a selection of sweet scones, tea breads, cakes and tarts. Cheese and fruits trays are served in an elegant setting, completing the essence of tea time.  Along with your teas the Getty Villa offers a selection wines and prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine, for your pleasure.  Admission: $36 per person. "Get Tickets" and book online.


The Agrigento Youth through April 19, 2011

  • On loan from The Museo Archeologico Regionale in Agrigento, Sicily, artworks are displayed in the Villa gallery dedicated to Athletes and Competition.

Ongoing Exhibits

Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity

  • The Getty acquired the Collection of Erwin Oppenländer featured in this exhibition, with artwork spanning the era through ancient glass production. The collection includes works made in Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Greek world and the Roman Empire with origins around 2500 B.C. 

Roman Ephebe (Youth) from Naples

  • On loan from the Museo Archeokogico Nazionale in Naples is a “Youth as a Lamp Bearer” (Efebo Lampadoforo), which was excavated in 1925 off of Pompeii’s via dell Abbondanza. The bronze figure is believed to have been created during early B.C.

Admission to the Getty Villa is FREE.  Advance timed tickets are required for adults, general admission allows you to bring up to three children; ages 15 and under with you in one car (exceptions are tours or special performances).

Sources: The Getty, The Getty Center, The Getty Villa, The Getty Museum

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I would love to go there for "tea by the sea", it sounds like quite an experience!