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Getty Villa Visit Request Form


All school visits include a one-hour guided tour with a Getty docent. Students, accompanied by chaperones, are encouraged to explore the galleries on their own following their guided tour.

Program Dates: September 7, 2022 – June 30 2023

Program Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays

Program Times: 10:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 11:30 p.m.

Available for groups of 8 students (minimum) to 60 (maximum) in grades K–12.

Here are three steps to schedule a FREE visit.
1.) Request a visit time
2.) Recruit chaperones
3.) Confirm transportation

Click on the links on the right-hand side of this page for important documents.
Step 1: Request a visit time
Step 2: Recruit Chaperones
Step 3: Confirm Transportation
Before Your Visit
After Your Visit
Lunch Times and Box Lunches
Other Frequently Asked Questions

 

Step 1: Request a visit time
A reservation may be made for up to 60 students in grades K–12. If the number of students is larger than 60, please submit two requests, on the same day or on two different days.

Scheduling FAQs

Q: May I make a school group reservation over the phone?
Due to the high volume of school requests and the number of details we must collect, it is preferred to use the online request system, however if you need further assistance, please contact our School Group Reservations team at (310) 440-7322.

Q: I am bringing more/fewer students than I indicated in my request. How do I make a change?
To modify attendance on an existing request, please call School Group Reservations at (310) 440-7322.

Q: I don't want a tour. Do I have to make a reservation?
Yes, reservations are required for all school groups. All reservations include a Guided Tour. Students are encouraged to explore the gardens with chaperones following their tour.

For a virtual visit, Guided experiences are available through our Getty Virtual Art Explorations program.

Confirmation
Due to the high volume of requests that we receive, we prioritize sending confirmations according to the date of the visit requested. If you have any questions on the status of your request or you have not received a confirmation email within four weeks, please call (310) 440-7322 and speak with a school group associate.

Step 2: Recruit Chaperones
We require one teacher or adult for every 10 students (a maximum of two per group). Chaperones are responsible for monitoring and accompanying students at all times during their visit, even if students are high-school aged, for safety and security purposes.

Please be prepared to separate your entire school group into smaller groups for the Guided Tour. We will tell you the exact number of students, chaperones, and how many docents are available. Your flexibility and assistance with this process are greatly appreciated.

After the tour, please keep students in chaperone-led groups for exploring the gardens. We will be allowing students to re-enter the galleries with their chaperone but please avoid interrupting tours in progress or rooms that may be crowded.

Chaperone FAQs

Q: What responsibilities do chaperones have?
All chaperones are responsible for monitoring student behavior and making sure the group stays together, even if students are high-school aged. During a Guided Tour, each chaperone must stay with the tour and be fully engaged for the duration.

Q: Is there a maximum number for chaperones?
Yes. A maximum of two chaperones per 10 students may join each guided group. Additional chaperones may tour the galleries on their own and rejoin the group after the tour has ended.

Q: Do I really need chaperones for my high school students? They are practically adults.
Yes. All school groups in grades K-12 must be accompanied by a non-student adult aged 18 or older for safety and security purposes. If students are found wandering the site without adequate chaperones, they will be required to rejoin their chaperone or leave the galleries.

Q: How long will my entire visit last?
For planning purposes, estimate that your entire visit will last approximately three hours. However, your group may stay at the Getty in small groups with chaperones if your schedule permits. We will be allowing students to re-enter the galleries with their chaperones and/or teachers but please avoid interrupting tours in progress or rooms that may be crowded.

Step 3: Confirm Transportation
Parking is FREE for school groups who have made reservations for a school visit.

If chaperones want to arrive separately by car, when filling out your application, make sure to use the field where you can indicate that additional chaperones will be arriving by car in order to receive accommodations. If you need to make changes to an existing reservation, please call (310) 440-7322 and speak with a school group associate.

The Getty offers bus funding for eligible Title I schools. This funding is limited and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis for Title I schools within a 30 mile radius of the Getty's two sites. Bus funding is not guaranteed and not automatic. If bus funding is available at the time you request a school visit, the online request system will provide further instructions and information. Bus funding is only available for visits scheduled before May 31, 2023 due to our fiscal year processing.

It is the school's responsibility to schedule transportation. If you are approved for bus funding, you will receive instructions about how to schedule your bus prior to your visit. See bus-funding guidelines for more information, or call (310) 440-7322 to speak with a school group associate.

Your Guided Visit
Our "Art of the Ancient World" guided lesson at the Getty Villa takes students to the Ancient Mediterranean World through encounters with authentic works of art. Our docents are trained to facilitate engaging explorations of art using student-centered learning strategies. Students will exercise close looking skills as they identify ancient myths, the Greek and Roman gods and goddesses, and heroes and monsters. They will consider how these objects and ideas still have an impact on our daily lives today.

Lessons are one-hour long, with twenty-minute stops throughout the museum. Students practice looking closely at one or more artworks in each gallery, learning to actively construct understanding using their own observations.

Content Standards: Lessons address Common Core Standards and English-Language Arts: Literary Response and Analysis; History-Social Science; Visual Arts: Artistic Perception, Historical and Cultural Context, Aesthetic Valuing.

Guided Tour FAQs

Q: How long is the guided portion of the visit?
Guided tours are one hour: three 20-minute stops, each in a different gallery. Please arrive on time. Arriving late will cause your tour to be shortened.

Q: Can my students have a tour of a particular exhibit or display?
Unfortunately, we cannot conduct Guided Tours of specific exhibitions, but you may explore any exhibition before or after your scheduled tour.

Q: What if I want to guide my students through the galleries myself?
Students, accompanied by chaperones, are encouraged to explore the galleries on their own following their guided tour. This is an ideal time for customized lessons assigned by the teacher, or for teacher-led exploration. We offer several activities covering many topics that can be used during the self-exploration portion of your visit: Self-Exploration Visit Activities

Q: Will clipboards and pencils be available for my visit?
Yes, materials are available for distribution. Please note ahead of time in reservation notes.

Before Your Visit
Introduce your students to the museum:


After Your Visit
These simple post-visit activities will remind students about what they saw and reinforce what they learned during their guided visit.

Guided tours address Common Core Standards and support the Visual Arts Content Standards in the areas of Artistic Perception; Historical and Cultural Context; Aesthetic Valuing; and Connections, Relationships, and Applications. They also address standards in History-Social Science and English-Language Arts.

Lunch Times and Box Lunches
All schools will eat lunch in the Villa Picnic Area.

Picnic guidelines

An outdoor area with tables and benches is available at the Getty Villa for school groups to use at pre-scheduled times. Your lunch time is determined by your arrival time and is not changeable.

Lunch FAQS

Q: May we purchase lunches at the Getty?
Teachers can preorder box lunches for students. Please contact Bon Appétit's catering department at (310) 440-6213 or bonappetit@getty.edu for current prices and menus. Box Lunch Menu (PDF)

Q: May we change our scheduled lunch time?
Due to COVID safety protocols and the high volume of school groups using the lunch facilities, your picnic time cannot be changed.

Q: May we eat lunch inside the Getty Villa Restaurant?
At this moment, the Getty Villa Restaurant is dedicated for visiting public only due to COVID safety protocols. Schools will have lunch in the Villa Picnic Area.

Other Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Do I have to submit an application for each location if I want to come to both the Getty Center and Getty Villa?
Yes, advance requests are required. Submit your request here.

Q: Do you have programs for homeschools?
Homeschool groups of 10 students or more are welcome to request a visit. Homeschool groups must follow the same procedures and guidelines as all other school groups.

Q: How can I determine the appropriateness of the artwork at the Getty?
The Getty displays works of art produced throughout ancient Mediterranean art history. Many of these may depict nudity and other potentially sensitive subject matter.

You may wish to notify parents in advance. If you are concerned, we recommend you review our collection on our website and welcome you to make a reservation to see our galleries before your scheduled visit. Please call (310) 440-7322 to speak with a school group associate.

Q: What happens if we arrive late?
Please arrive on time. Arriving late will result in shortened Guided Tours since gallery docents and lunch times are scheduled at consecutively appointed times.