October 14, 2011

Getty Villa Celebrates National Archaeology Day

At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Villa 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

MEDIA CONTACT:                
Desiree Zenowich
Getty Communications
(310) 440-7304

LOS ANGELES—On October 22, 2011, the Getty Villa will partner with the Archaeological Institute of America to observe National Archaeology Day with special tours that stress the significance and history of archaeology. 

With its Roman-inspired architecture and gardens and collection of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities, the Getty Villa provides the perfect environment to explore archaeology—the study of past cultures through the material remains people have left behind.

The day will include Spotlight and Collection Highlights tours that emphasize relevant topics, including how different materials react to being buried underground, early excavation practices compared with archaeology today, and issues of conservation.  A special hour-long Focus Tour examines works of art with compelling histories and explores themes of discovery and excavation, cultural patrimony, and the history of collecting.

For more information about National Archaeology Day at the Getty Villa, visit

National Archaeology Day Tours Schedule

11:00a.m. — Collection Highlights Tour

1:00p.m. — Spotlight Talk: Mummy of Herakleides

3:00p.m. — Focus Tour: Uncovering the Past at the Getty Villa

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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 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 $10 after 5 p.m. for evening events. Reservations are required for groups of 15 or more. For more information, call (310) 440-7300 (English or Spanish). The TTY line for callers who are deaf or hearing impaired is (310) 440-7305. The Getty Villa is at located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, California. 

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