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Getty Villa Celebrates 36th Anniversary

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Yesterday the Getty Museum's Twitter feed reminded followers that the Getty Villa was marking its 36th anniversary of being open to the public. "In 1974, Getty opened the Getty Villa as his second museum in a re-creation of the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum, incorporating additional details from several other ancient sites," explains Wikipedia. They closed in 1997 for extensive renovations, and re-opened in January 2006.

Throughout the weekend via Twitter they've been reminding us of the museum and educational facility's history and the marvels of its architecture and renowned collection of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities, which prompted us to take a look at images of the spectacular ocean-side gem and all it holds as photographed by contributors to our LAist Featured Photos pool, some of which we've assembled here.

Admission to the Getty Villa is free, but you must reserve a ticket in advance (can be day-of). [More info]