November 19, 2012

Getty Villa Celebrates the Exhibition The Last Days of Pompeii with an All-Day Family Festival

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Desiree Zenowich
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Getty Communications

At the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Villa
Sunday, December 2, 2012

Mount Vesuvius, 1985. Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987). Acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen.
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Founding Collection.

© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


LOS ANGELES—Grab the kids and run! On Sunday, December 2, the Getty Villa will offer an all-day Family Festival celebrating the exhibition The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection. On view until January 7, 2013, the exhibition addresses the potent legacy of the ancient city of Pompeii in the modern imagination.

The daylong festival will explore the role of Pompeii in the popular cultural imagination through crafting, performances, and other family-friendly adventures. Activities include posing for a family portrait in front of Mount Vesuvius, designing set pieces and props, performing in an art-inspired theatrical spectacle, and creating a volcanic cone of flowing lava to wear as a hat.

The family festival will take place at the Getty Villa in Malibu on Sunday, December 2, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  Admission is free, but a ticket is required.  Parking is $15 a car. To make a reservation please call (310) 440-7300 or visit

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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. 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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