June 23, 2016

Spend the Summer with Your Family at the Getty Center and Getty Villa

 (Press Release)


Val Tate

Getty Communications
(310) 440-6861

LOS ANGELES – Enjoy a full schedule of family-focused activities from June through August at the Getty Center and Getty Villa. 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 Getty Villa for one fee. Best of all, admission to both sites and activities are free.

Getty Center
Get up-close and personal with a single work of art in the Getty Museum’s collection in a half-hour gallery experience in Family Art Stops, offered Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, July 1 –August 30, at 11:30 a.m. Or explore the art of camouflage through color, pattern and shape using paintings from the Museum’s collection as inspiration in Art Lab: Creature Camouflage, July 14 -16, August 4 -6, and August 12 -13 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Participants will use collage to craft their own creatures, and then design a habitat in which their creations may blend in or stand out.

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 music artists from across the nation. Musicians this year include Grammy award-winner José-Luis Orozco, Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7, the family band, Mista Cookie Jar & The Chocolate Chips, Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14, and Renee & Friends, who will be joined by a lineup of exciting soon-to-be-announced “friends,” Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21.

Visit the Family Room, open all day long for drop-in, hands-on activities highlighting objects in the Getty Museum’s collection. And take advantage of GettyGuide® family audio tours on iPod Touches, and Art Detective Cards.

Getty Villa
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 Museum’s galleries with hands-on activities, Saturdays, July 2, 16 and 30 and August 13, and 27, at 11:45 a.m. ArtQuest!: Building Patterns / Shape x Shape offers a day of creating patterns and imagery with just a few basic shapes. Inspired by the exhibition Roman Mosaics across the Empire and the tilework found throughout the Getty Villa, participants will help “wrap” the Villa’s Outer Peristyle Garden with their own ephemeral paper mosaic creations. Friday –Monday, July 8 -11 and Friday –Monday, July 29 –August 1 from 11:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. During Family Drawing Hour: Monsters and Superheroes family members can use their imagination to create characters inspired by gods, heroes, and monsters of Greek mythology, or sketch from ancient images of these characters in statues and pottery. These one-hour family-friendly gallery tours and hands-on drawing activities take place July 9 and 23, August 6 and 20, and September 3, 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.

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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 Mondays, and January 1, Thanksgiving Day and December 25. Summer hours through Sept. 4, 2016: Fridays and Saturdays open until 9 p.m., Sundays open until 7 p.m. Admission to the Getty Center is always free. Parking is $15 per car, but reduced to $10 after 3 p.m. 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 Tuesdays and January 1, Thanksgiving Day and December 25; open on July 4. Summer hours through Aug. 27, 2016: Saturdays open until 9 p.m. Admission to the Getty Villa is always free. A free, timed ticket is required for admission. Tickets should be ordered in advance, or on the day of your visit, at or at (310) 440-7300. Parking is $15 per car, but reduced to $10 after 3 p.m. 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 one fee through the Getty’s Pay Once, Park Twice program. Visit the Museum Information Desk at the Center or the Villa to obtain a coupon good for same-day complimentary parking at the other site.
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