June 12, 2015

The Getty Museum Gears up for Summer with a Full Slate of Family Programming at the Getty Center and Getty Villa


Valerie Tate
Getty Communications
(310) 440-6861

LOS ANGELES -Summer is here and, from June through September, the whole family can enjoy a full schedule of family-focused activities at the Getty, including concerts, tours, and hands-on workshops. With extended evening hours during the weekend, it’s easier than ever to take advantage of the “Pay Once, Park Twice” program which offers same-day parking at both the Getty Center and the Getty Villa for one $15 fee. Best of all, admission to both sites and activities are free.


Drop-in and play games that sharpen your art-looking skills at the Museum Game Zone, Friday, June 19 and 26, Wednesday, July 8, 22, and Tuesday, July 14, 28, and August 5,11, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Get up-close and personal with a single work in a half-hour gallery experience in Family Art Stops, offered Wednesdays –Fridays in July and August, at 11:30 a.m. Or explore a work of art in the galleries in Art Adventures for Families, then create your own masterpiece inspired by what you see, Sundays in July and August, at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Families can also join Art Lab: Still Lifes in Blossom, where you can enter into the mind of Dutch still-life master Jan van Huysum as you create your own representation of a flower, bug, or fruit that will become a giant collective still life. Friday and Saturday, July 31 and August 1 and Friday and Saturday, August 14 and 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Top to bottom: Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards, Lisa Loeb, and The Not Its

In August, the Getty Center’s Central Garden fills with music on the weekends starting at 4:00 p.m. with Garden Concerts for Kids, a free outdoor music series for kids and their families featuring some of the best children’s musical artists from across the nation. Musicians this year include Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards, Saturday and Sunday, August 1 and 2, Lisa Loeb, Saturday and Sunday, August 8 and 9, and The Not Its, Saturday and Sunday, August 15 and 16.

Finally, don’t miss the Family Room, open all day long for drop-in, hands-on activities highlighting objects in the Getty Museum’s collection, GettyGuide® family audio tours on iPod Touches, and Art Detective Cards.


At the Getty Villa, travel back to the age of mythical monsters and heroes in Art Odyssey for Families. This 45-minute program combines a tour in the galleries with hands-on activities, Saturdays, July 4 and 18 and August 1, 15, and 29, at 11:45 a.m. Additionally, ArtQuest!: Scent / Spice / Salve offers a hands-on workshop with artist Becca Lofchie to create your own herbal mixture from ingredients similar to those found in the Villa’s gardens, Thursday–Sunday, July 9-12 and Sunday and Monday, August 9 and 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. You can also learn how nature was a source of inspiration for ancient Roman artists and use papyrus paper to create nature-inspired drawings in Family Drawing Hour: Gardens. Saturday, July 11 and 25, at 11:00 a.m. Learn how to draw lions and horses, popular subjects in the ancient world symbolizing wealth, prestige, and bravery in Family Drawing Hour: Animals, Saturday, August 8 and 22, at 11:00 a.m.

The Villa also offers the GettyGuide® Family Audio Tour on iPod Touches and self-guided Art Detective Cards. The Family Forum is open all day for drop-in, hands-on play and engagement for young and old.

Admission to the Getty Center and Getty Villa is always free. Parking is $15. Advance, timed tickets are required for the Getty Villa. For Villa tickets and for more information about free family activities at both Getty sites this summer call (310) 440-7300 or visit Download the new Getty360 app, a new way to explore Getty programs from your mobile device, making it even easier to scan the schedule and keep up to date with family-focused activities at the Getty all year long.
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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 p.m. 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. 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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