The Getty Villa, home to one of the two J. Paul Getty Museums, is an education site and museum devoted to studying the arts, histories, and cultures of Etruria, Rome, and Ancient Greece. Among the Getty Villa's 40,000+ antiquities are 23 permanent galleries and 5 galleries dedicated to ever-changing displays. To compliment its astounding artwork collection, the Villa also reenacts various classic Greek and Roman dramas.
Backstory and Context
The Villa opened in 1974 and was eventually split into two locations in order to meet spacial needs. In 1997, much of the antiquities were relocated while the Getty Villa closed for renovation. During this renovation, in 2004 & 2005, the museum partnered with UCLA to begin studying the conservation of Middle Eastern Art via summer institutes in Turkey as well as a UCLA/Getty Master's Program on the Conservation of Ethnographic and Archaeological Materials.3 The Getty Villa itself then reopened in 2006, featuring various themes and a new architectural plan.1