December 14, 2011

Getty Offers Holiday Schedule of Activities for Families

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Julie Jaskol
Getty Communications
(310) 440-7607

LOS ANGELES—The whole family can enjoy an artistic holiday at the Getty, with stepped-up schedules of family-focused activities during the holidays.

For a creative break from the holiday routine, bring the family to Family Drawing Hour at the Getty Center on Saturday, December 17, at 3:30 p.m.  In this one-hour guided workshop, families will draw from sculpture and paintings in the Museum’s collection and discover how artists throughout time have expressed their creativity with color.  The program is geared for families with children ages 7 and up, but anyone can participate. Space is limited. Sign-up begins at 3:00 p.m. at the Museum Information Desk.

Join Family Art Stops at the Getty Center and get up close and personal with a single work of art in a half-hour, hands-on gallery experience geared for families with children ages 5 and up.  From December 20 through December 31, this free activity is offered every day at 2:00 p.m. and again at 2:30 p.m., except for Monday, when the Getty Center is closed.  Sign up at the Museum Information Desk 30 minutes before the program begins. 

Art Odyssey for Families, a 45-minute journey through the galleries, is a fun, activity-filled experience for children (ages 5 and up) and adults to enjoy together. Throughout the holidays, Art Odysseys are offered at 11am on Dec. 21-23, 2 pm on Dec. 24, 11am on Dec. 26-30, and 2pm on Dec. 31. Space is limited; sign-up begins 15 minutes before the tour at the Tour Meeting Place. Ofrecida en español.

The Getty Center is open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The Getty Villa is open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Both the Getty Center and the Getty Villa are closed Christmas Day and New Years Day.

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The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that includes the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations:  the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu.

The J. Paul Getty Museum
 collects in seven distinct areas, including Greek and Roman antiquities, European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture and decorative arts, and photographs gathered internationally. The Museum’s mission is to make the collection meaningful and attractive to a broad audience by presenting and interpreting the works of art through educational programs, special exhibitions, publications, conservation, and research.

Visiting the Getty Center
The Getty Center is open Tuesday through Friday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is closed Monday and major holidays. Admission to the Getty Center is always free.  Parking is $15 per car, but reduced to $10 after 5pm on Saturdays and for evening events throughout the week. No reservation is required for parking or general admission. Reservations are required for event seating and groups of 15 or more. Please call (310) 440-7300 (English or Spanish) for reservations and information. The TTY line for callers who are deaf or hearing impaired is (310) 440-7305.  The Getty Center is at 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, California.  

Visiting the Getty Villa
The Getty Villa is open Wednesday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Tuesday and major holidays. Admission to the Getty Villa is always free.  A ticket is required for admission.  Tickets can be ordered in advance, or on the day of your visit, at or at (310) 440-7300.   Parking is $15 per car, but free after 5pm for evening events. Groups of 15 or more must make reservations by phone.  For more information, call 310-440-7300 (English or Spanish); 310-440-7305 (TTY line for the deaf or hearing impaired). The Getty Villa is at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, California.

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