When one of my best friends came to visit a few weeks ago, I asked her if she’d ever been to the Getty Villa in Malibu. The Getty Museum is famous, but this villa is a not to miss gem just west of LA. She was a big fan of the museum (which I’m yet to visit), but she hadn’t visited the Villa! We booked our tickets (always free) and headed out on the second morning of her stay…
The Villa was J. Paul Getty’s collection of art and architecture celebrating Greek, Roman, and Etruscan art and culture. It’s a bit of an oasis and provides a quick trip to the Mediterranean within driving distance of bustling Los Angeles. I’ve visited the Villa twice and have loved it both times. You can wander the grounds on your own time. Take a picnic or buy food to enjoy on the amphitheatre steps or in the cafe area. I also highly recommend catching the garden or architecture tours. They leave about every hour and last about 45 minutes. They take you on a leisurely tour through the grounds, providing you some fun history and information. I’ve taken each of them and enjoyed them both, but I might be partial to the garden tour! Don’t tell my husband the architect!
Tickets to the Getty Villa are free. Parking is just $15 ($10 after 3pm) and is right there on site. Put the address into your google maps app as the driveway off of Highway 1 can be easy to miss. You’ll buy tickets for a certain entry time though you can stay as long as you want. I encourage you to get the first tickets of the day when the weather is very pleasant and it isn’t crowded! Of course, the Villa is beautiful any time of day and I imagine catching sunset on a summer Saturday when they’re open later would be a dream!
You might also head out to Malibu Seafood after your visit for one of my favorite fish taco spots!