Getty Villa Museum |   Malibu, California |  If you want to experience a different day while in Los Angeles, at a beautiful Villa with gorgeous Gardens and Roman/Greek fountains, then Getty Villa Museum is an option to be consider, and guess what it is even for FREE. The Getty Villa in Malibu is an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. What should you expect to see: Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities arranged by themes including Gods and Goddesses, Dionysos and the Theater, and Stories of the Trojan War. Roman-inspired architecture and gardens
The Getty Villa is modeled after the Villa dei Papiri, a Roman country house in Herculaneum buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. Because most of the Villa dei Papiri remains unexcavated , many of the Getty Villa’s architectural details are based on elements drawn from other ancient Roman homes in the towns of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae.
Begin at the Entry Pavilion and follow to the Galleries and Gardens. Over 1,200 works of art from the J. Paul Getty Museum‘s permanent collection of Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities. The galleries organized by themes, include Gods and Goddesses, Dionysos and the Theater, and the Stories of the Trojan War, among others.
Bronze replica of the  HERMES (in Greek or Mercury in Roman) is the God of Travel and Commerce, represented by the winged sandals. For obvious reasons, one of my favorite of the whole collection, perfectly placed at the outer Peristyle gardens.
Modern reproduction of   APHRODITE (in Greek or Venus in Roman) made in Marble. Goddess of Erotic Love and Beauty. Sculptured in a three-dimentional art form that can be appreciated by touch. Yes you read right TOUCH, being specifically selected by the Museum for the purpose of learning through touch.
The Marbury Hall ZEUS (in Greek or Jupiter in Roman)  Portrayed as a mature bearded man, Zeus sits enthroned in his role as king of the gods.
Mummy of Herakleides. This Romano-Egyptian mummy combines the millennia-old Egyptian tradition of mummification of the dead with the Roman tradition of individualized portraiture. The blending of these two traditions was characteristic of the ethnically and culturally diverse population of the Roman province of Egypt.
I spent an amazing day at Getty Villa Museum. My visit took approximately 2 hours, plus a 1 hours lunch sipping through Prosecco at the outdoors Mediterranean Restaurant just next to the Villa. I strongly recommend visiting the Villa, and I would come back again on any given time, to check some of the changing exhibitions. There is always something new to see and learn.
Timeline of the Getty Villa: (1945) J. Paul Getty purchases a sixty-four-acre site in Malibu. (1954) He opens the original J. Paul Getty Museum in his home to exhibit collection, of which Greek and Roman antiquities are an important element. (1968) Getty decides to re-create a first-century Roman country house, the Villa dei Papiri, on the property to display his growing collection of art. (1974) The new J. Paul Getty Museum opens to the public, becoming one of Southern California’s cultural landmarks. (1997) The Malibu site closes for renovation; the Getty Center opens to the public. (2006) The newly renovated Malibu site opens as the Getty Villa, dedicated to the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria.
Experience the Outer Peristyle, the Inner Peristyle, Herb Garden and East Garden, which are planted with species from the Mediterranean region.

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(**) Get your FREE Tickets to Getty Villa Museum online @ Getty Villa Book Online. Anyhow everyone has to pay USD 15 for parking during your stay at the Villa.