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The J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu was opened to the public in 1954. Since 1974, when the Villa opened, it has attracted approximately 400,000 visitors per year. To visit the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu before it closes on July 6, call (310) 458-2003 for the necessary advance parking reservation. Admission is free.
The Getty Villa in Malibu, a recreation of a first-century A.D. Roman country home, currently houses the J. Paul Getty Museum.
The Villa will close for renovation on July 6, 1997, reopening in the year 2001 as a center for comparative archaeology and cultures where the Museum's collections of ancient Greek and Roman art will be exhibited and interpreted to the public.
Loan exhibitions will include ancient art from other cultures, including Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Near East and Eastern Europe.
There will also be galleries dedicated to the conservation of cultural heritage, prepared by the Getty Conservation Institute, and displays drawn from the special collections of the Getty Research Institute.
J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM IN MALIBU SET TO CLOSE TEMPORARILY ON JULY 6,1997
Museum Collections to be Installed in New J. Paul Getty Museum at The Getty Center, Opening to the Public in December
John Walsh, Director of the J. Paul Getty Museum, announced today the July 6 closing date of the Museum in Malibu, California. The Museum will cease normal operations in order to move and install its collections of European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, decorative arts, and photographs in the new Museum at the Getty Center, an arts and humanities complex in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles designed by architect Richard Meier.
That complex is scheduled to open to the public in December. The Museum's building and grounds in Malibu, a re-creation of a first-century A.D. Roman country house, or villa, will then undergo renovation and reopen to the public in 2001. It will be a center for comparative archaeology and cultures where the Museum's collections of ancient Greek and Roman antiquities will be exhibited and interpreted to the public. Loan exhibitions will include ancient art from other cultures. There will also be galleries dedicated to exhibitions on the conservation of cultural heritage prepared by the Getty Conservation Institute and displays drawn from the special collections of the Getty Research Institute.
Walsh commented on the July 6 closing date: "This is an important moment in the life of the Museum. We're closing to complete a cycle of planning that has been in the works for 15 years. Our collections and public programs have grown in both scope and quality. Our audiences have expanded. At the new Museum, we're getting ready for a new generation of visitors in the most culturally diverse city in the world. In the new building we have the chance to show the collections to their best advantage; not only works the public has seen before but works we have never had space to show.
We hope that our many visitors over past years will visit the new Museum when it opens later this year, and will revisit the Villa when it re-opens. It will be worth the wait!"
LAST CHANCE TO SEE J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM IN MALIBU BEFORE CLOSURE
Visitors are taking full advantage of the few remaining open days of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu before its temporary closure on July 6 in preparation for the move to the Getty Center, the new arts and humanities complex in west Los Angeles designed by Richard Meier. Weekends at Malibu are heavily booked in May, but there are still opportunities on weekdays and through June. The upper floor of the Museum is now closed, but the display of antiquities, the gardens, bookstore and tea-room will remain open until July 6, and there will be a special book sale from May 13.
"We're very gratified that the Museum is looked on with such affection by the public, and that our visitors are coming for one last look prior to closing," said Barbara Whitney, Associate Director, who has worked at the Villa for the past 14 years and is closely involved with both preparations for the new Museum at the Getty Center, and with the refurbishment of the Villa. "There is a wonderful sense of temporary farewell, with visitors enjoying the gardens -- at their loveliest this spring -- and taking leisurely breaks in the Tea Room. Although we will be closed from July, there is a great sense of anticipation about the new Museum opening at the Getty Center in December, and later there will be more excitement about the Villa re-opening in 2001 as a center for archaeology and ancient art, with much improved public services and beautifully renovated galleries and gardens."
The bookstore closing sale starting Tuesday May 13 will offer all books, except Getty publications at 30% off. Some books will be 75% off, and selected stationery will be at 25% discount. A special commemorative 'mobile' pen showing the Museum on the move will sell for $4.95, and the popular pop-up cards of the Villa for $5. The sale will run until the Museum closes. (Reservations are still needed for Museum and bookstore.)
The collections of European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, decorative arts and photographs will be housed in the new Museum in Los Angeles, off the 405 Freeway. The Museum in Malibu, which is a re-creation of a first-century Roman Villa and gardens, will become a center for comparative archaeology and cultures, with public exhibitions of the Greek and Roman antiquities collection and loan material. There will also be galleries devoted to exhibitions on the conservation of cultural heritage prepared by the Getty Conservation Institute and the Getty Research Institute.
To visit the J. Paul Getty Museum before it closes at 5pm on July 6, call (310) 440-7300 for the necessary advance parking reservation. Admission is free. People wishing to take advantage of the bookstore closing sale also need parking reservations. Announcements related to the opening of the Getty Center will follow in a few months time. Parking reservations will be required.
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