Beautiful cultural center filled with art, architecture, and gardens in West LA.
The Getty Villa is absolutely sick. That’s probably not the most appropriate way to describe it, but I’m just gonna say it. You should go at least once in your life.
Let me explain. It’s basically a museum that curates a bunch of Greek and Roman sculptures and ancient art. The architecture and gardens draw heavily from this period, and it just creates for a supremely unique area that’s super easy on the eyes and great for the brain.
Before we go any further, I want to show you these absolutely insane pictures the Getty Villa posted.
First, you have this girl in The Getty Villa’s gardens who is absolutely floating in the air because of her magical golden shoes. She’s doing this in front of a statue that I’m pretty sure is “The Thinker” by Auguste Rodin. Actually, I’m not exactly sure if that’s “The Thinker” because I’ve never seen it from this angle.
This is one of the best pictures I’ve ever seen. This girl somehow got so enlightened by the art at The Getty Villa that she was able to sprout Cupid-esque wings and procure a bow without an arrow because arrows are far too dangerous for toddlers to wield. Meanwhile, the man who I can only assume is her father is like, “Hey that’s interesting.” It doesn’t really look like he’s reacting that much, which leads me to believe that this is somewhat of a regular occurrence for him.
I mean, what can you even say about this one that isn’t already communicated? First of all, Medusa is alive again! And she doesn’t want else to know because this is your little secret. Those snakes are so scary on her head, aren’t they?
What’s The Getty Villa known for?
Art, gardens, and architecture, pretty much. Oh yeah, and for being free. That’s pretty awesome. It’s sort of with an asterisk because for parking, you’re gonna have to pay like $20 (or $15 after 3 P.M., so maybe you can strategically plan for that).
To get tickets, go to their site (here, you click here specifically) because you have to get a timed-entry ticket. I would definitely try that before you just show up randomly. I repeat: make a reservation! Don’t say I didn’t tell you so.
Taking photos is totally cool here and encouraged. It’s definitely one of the main draws whether you love ancient art or you just love awesome backgrounds. And this.
Like I said earlier, there is a lot that self-explanatory once you put in The Getty Villa into your phone’s map app, but it does cost $20 before 3 P.M. and $15 after. Street parking isn’t really an option here, unless I’m mistaken. There’s tons and tons of parking info on their official site which does a lot better job of explaining things than I do.