The Getty Villa, Part 1 [Los Angeles]
The thing about having visitors from out of town for a long time is this: suddenly, you end up being incredibly busy on the weekends doing touristy things that you would never think to do in your own hometown.
O was visiting for all of August. I decided to take him to the Getty Villa, the less-lauded branch of the Getty Museum, for the simple fact that it’s way prettier (in my opinion) than the main museum over the Sepulveda Pass.
The Getty Villa is modeled after a Roman villa, the Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum, and houses the Getty’s antiquities collection. Built into the side of a hill in Malibu (or technically, Pacific Palisades) that directly faces the ocean, there are constant cool, salty breezes that cool the outdoor areas of the museum.
The Villa reminds me a bit of the Musée Rodin because it feels so alive. The gardens are just as much an essential part of the museum as the hermetically-sealed pieces inside. Those are real grapes growing on those trellises!
The Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272