Sunday, April 17, 2011

Getty Center and Getty Villa: Free admission every day!

The Getty Center in Los Angeles, and the Getty Villa in Malibu are two world renowned museums and both offer free admission every day!

The Getty Villa invites families with children (age 5 and up) to experience "Art Odyssey" every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. A fun tour of the galleries with activities for children and adults. The tour is 45 minutes and space is limited, guests can sign up 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour.

The Getty Center is offering "Family Art Stops" Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 and 2:30pm now through May 22. A hands on gallery experience for families with children (age 5 and up). The sessions lasts 30 minutes and guests can sign up 30 minutes prior to start of the program.

My Facebook Friend, Karina recently visited the Getty and this is what she has to say about her visit:
We went on a Saturday after 5pm because the $15 parking fee is waived at that time. It has a parking structure where parking is easily accessible and you take a tram to the museum entrance. The gardens are beautiful and that is about the only place I would recommend for toddlers- inside the museum there are many security members guarding the museum pieces, which got a bit nervous when my two year old got a little too close!
The outside of the Getty is beautiful and has places for you to sit, watch the sunset or enjoy a snack from the snack shacks. I was there for about three hours. There are a lot of paintings/sculptures to see and special exhibits. 
 It is a beautiful place and I would definitely go again. I recommend it for older kids, my little one loved looking at the pictures, but when he saw this really expensive 10 ft. sculpture of an Olympian -Greek trophy, my son's appreciation for it was down graded to "Look Mami, cup!"

Both the Getty Villa and the Getty Center offer daily tours several times a day. Museum admission is free to both museums, however visitors must obtain tickets prior to visiting the Getty Villa. Parking is $15 or free after 5pm.

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