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June 26, 2014

Celebrate Independence Day at the Getty

Getty Center and Villa open on Fourth of July for the first time

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Alexandria Sivak
Getty Communications
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LOS ANGELES – Declare your independence from crowded parks and beaches on the Fourth of July and celebrate a more artful holiday at the Getty Center and Getty Villa. For the first time ever, both sites will open on the Fourth of July starting at 10a.m., with the Center closing at 9p.m. and the Villa at 5p.m.

At the Getty Center, visitors can spend the afternoon exploring an exhibition that features another important revolution – Rococo to Revolution: 18th Century French Drawings from Los Angeles Collections, as well as the special exhibition The Scandalous Art of James Ensor. Celebrate spacious skies and mountain majesties at In Focus: Ansel Adams. Guests can also stroll the Central Garden, where summer plantings are in full bloom, or explore the world of avant-garde dance at the Getty Research Institute’s Yvonne Rainer: Dances and Films.

Byzantine art reigns at the Getty Villa, where Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections includes mosaics, icons, frescoes, sculptures, metalwork, jewelry and more from this complex and fascinating eastern medieval culture. Visitors can also enjoy the Villa’s permanent collection of Greek and Roman antiquities, as well as its lush gardens overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Enjoy an afternoon picnic on the lawn with a selection of festive fare from The Getty Center Café, which offers traditional sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs, as well as Japanese Bento boxes or sushi bowls to go.

Independence Day is also a great time to take advantage of the Getty’s “Pay Once, Park Twice” program, where same-day visitors to both Getty locations only pay a single parking fee. Both sites will also offer regular tours of the gardens, architecture and special and permanent collections.

Image: Courtesy J. Paul Getty Trust
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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, with special extended Friday hours until 9:00 pm May 30-August 29. It is closed Monday and most major holidays, open on July 4. Admission to the Getty Center is always free. Parking is $15 per car, but reduced to $10 after 5 p.m. 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., with special Saturday hours until 9 p.m. May 30-August 23 (with the exception of July 19). It is closed Tuesday and most major holidays, open on July 4. 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.

Same-day parking at both Museum locations (Getty Center and Getty Villa) is available for $15 through the Getty's Pay Once, Park Twice program. 

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