Please read information below about scheduling and what to expect from a School Visit at the Getty Villa before filling out the request form.

Getty Villa Visit Request Form

Scheduling Your Visit
Tuesday Visits
Confirmation
Chaperone Requirements
Guided Visits
Self-Guided Visits
Before Your Visit
Parking
Picnic Times and Box Lunches
Frequently Asked Questions

Scheduling Your Visit
School Visits to the Getty Villa are available September 2, 2014, to June 30, 2015.

School Visits at the Getty are FREE and will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis.

School Visits are available for up to 120 students in grades K–12. Submit your request online.

Q: What if I want to bring a group that is larger than 120 students?
You should submit two requests. The groups will be scheduled at different times, and may not be scheduled on the same day.

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, please use the online request system.

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 log in to your account, or call (310) 440-7322.

Q: I don't want a tour. Do I have to make a reservation?
Reservations are required for all school groups.

Tuesday Visits
The Getty Villa is pleased to offer Guided Visits on Tuesdays starting in the 2014-15 school year. Please note that only select galleries are open and school groups must exit the Museum galleries promptly after the Guided Visit is over. The Family Forum is closed on Tuesdays.

Confirmation
Within a few days of submitting your request, you will receive a confirmation email indicating how your group can be accommodated. If you have any questions or have not received a confirmation email within one week, please call (310) 440-7322 and speak with a school group associate.

Chaperone Requirements
We require one teacher or adult chaperone for every 15 students.
Download Getty Villa Chaperone Guidelines in English and Spanish (PDF, 155KB)

Be prepared to separate your entire school group into smaller groups of 10-15. We will tell you the exact number when you arrive. We will do our best to keep students in your class together, but please be flexible according to staff requests to divide students. Chaperones are responsible for monitoring and accompanying students at all times during their visit, even if students are high-school aged.

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 the tour, each chaperone must stay with the tour and be quietly engaged for the full duration.

Q: Is there a maximum number for chaperones?
At the Getty Villa, a maximum of two chaperones may join each guided group. Additional chaperones may tour the galleries on their own and join the group after the tour has ended.

Q: Do I really need chaperones for my high school students? They are practically adults.
All school groups in grades K–12 must be accompanied by a non-student adult age 18 or older for safety and security purposes. If students are found wandering the site without adequate chaperones, they will be removed from the galleries by Security and made to wait outside the Museum until their chaperones are located.

Q: How long will my entire visit last?
For planning purposes, estimate that your entire visit will last three hours. However, your group may stay at the Getty in small groups with chaperones as long as your schedule permits.

Guided Visits
We offer two lesson topics (choose one):

Mythology in Art (K–12)
The lesson explores Greek and Roman mythology through the depiction of these stories on works of art from antiquity such as pottery and sculpture. Students will develop close looking skills to help them identify ancient myths and the various Greek and Roman gods, goddesses, heroes, and monsters. They will also gain a better understanding of the role of myth in ancient society, and how these stories affected the lives of ancient Greeks and Romans.

Daily Life in the Ancient World (K–12)
Built upon the theme “a day in the life of . . . ,” students are encouraged to think about ancient objects and ideas that still have an effect on our daily lives. This lesson encourages students to closely investigate objects in the Museum's collection that are related to daily life in the ancient world.

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.

Q: How long is the guided portion of the visit?
Guided Visits are one hour. Please arrive on time, arriving late will necessitate a shortened Guided Visit.

Q: Can my students have a tour of particular exhibit or display?
Unfortunately, we cannot conduct Guided Visits of specific exhibitions, but you may explore any exhibition before or after your scheduled Guided Visit. Visits scheduled on Monday cannot self-guide in the Museum, but may visit the Central Garden.

Q: What if I want to guide my students through the galleries myself?
Please request a Self-Guided Visit. We offer several activities covering many topics for self-guiding teachers: Self-Guided Visit Activities

Q: What happens if we arrive early to the Villa?
Please arrive at your scheduled time. All school groups have timed entry. Your group will not be permitted to enter the Museum before your scheduled Visit time. You may explore the Villa gardens in small, chaperoned groups while you wait.

Self-Guided Visits
Teachers of grades K–12 are welcome to independently lead students through the galleries at the Getty Villa. We highly recommend that you visit the Villa with a plan for your visit. We have grade-specific activity packets for your visit (see Visit Activities), or you can create your own lessons. One self-guided group is allowed in a particular gallery at a time—each group must tour independently.

GettyGuide® Multimedia Players
Teachers of students in grades 6–12 may request and reserve GettyGuide multimedia players at no cost during Self-Guided Visits on a first-come, first-served basis. GettyGuide interactive multimedia content features videos, audio recordings, and detailed information about the works of art on display at the J. Paul Getty Museum. GettyGuide can be accessed on an iPod touch® at the Museum, on your smartphone with the Goggles® app for iPhone and Android, and on the Museum Collection section of this website.

Q: How do I request multimedia players?
On the request form, indicate that you would like to reserve GettyGuide multimedia players. You may reserve up to 120 devices. An adult must provide picture ID as collateral for the players, and will be held responsible for any missing or broken players.

Q: Can I preview the content on the multimedia players?
We recommend that you visit the Getty prior to your visit and use a multimedia player to pre-plan your stops. Make a free reservation by calling (310) 440-7322 and speaking with a school group associate.

Q: Are there any age restrictions for multimedia players?
Only teachers of grades 6–12 may request and reserve GettyGuide multimedia players.

Before Your Visit
In preparation, please do the following activities with your students in the classroom before your visit:


Q: Will clipboards and pencils be available for my visit?
Yes. Pick up clipboards and pencils in the designated School Group Area when you arrive. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved. Please return all materials after use so that the next school group may use them.

When you return to your classroom after your visit, use our Post-Visit Activities to encourage students to reflect on their experiences at the Getty Villa.

Parking
Parking for buses is FREE at the Villa.

Chaperones arriving by car will only be admitted via timed tickets. Every person must have a ticket.

Q: How do I change my parking reservation?
Please call Visitor Services at (310) 440-7322 and speak to a school group associate.

Q: Some chaperones want to arrive separately by car. Do they have to pay, and do they need a reservation?
There is limited parking for chaperones arriving by car. When filling out your request form, make sure to use the field where you can indicate that additional chaperones will be arriving by car in order to receive accommodations.

Q: Can my students arrive by public bus to the Getty Villa?
No, all school groups must arrive by school or chartered bus or by car. Timed tickets are required for each vehicle.

Picnic Times and Box Lunches
Download Getty Villa Picnic Guidelines (PDF, 175KB)

An unsheltered, outdoor picnic area is available at the Villa for school groups to use at pre-scheduled times. Your picnic time is determined by your arrival time and is not changeable. On rainy days we cannot accommodate picnics; please have an alternate lunch plan, such as having students eat before leaving school in the morning or upon returning to school after their visit.

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

Q: May we change our scheduled picnic time?
No. Due to the high volume of school groups using the picnic facilities, your picnic time cannot be changed.

Q: When it rains, may we eat lunch inside at the Café at the Getty Villa?
We cannot allow school groups to eat in the Café at the Getty Villa due to fire code safety and capacity regulations. We recommend that school groups eat lunches on the bus or in the car before arrival, or after visiting the Villa.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: I don't want a tour. Do I have to make a reservation?
Reservations are required for all school groups. If you would like to guide your students yourself, please request a Self-Guided Visit.

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Q: Do I have to submit an application for each location if I want to come to both the Getty Center and the Getty Villa?
Yes, two separate applications are required.

Q: Do you have programs for homeschools?
Homeschool groups of 15 students or more are welcome to request a visit. Homeschool groups must follow the same procedures and guidelines as all other school groups.

Q: My school is concerned about the appropriateness of the artwork at the Villa.
Many of the works of art at the Villa depict nudity. Everyone's tolerance level is different. We cannot anticipate your group's specific tolerance level, and cannot be held responsible if a student or chaperone sees something they deem offensive or inappropriate.

If you are concerned, we welcome you to make a free reservation to come see our galleries before your scheduled visit. Please call (310) 440-7322 and speak with a school group associate. We also recommend that you request a Self-Guided Visit so that you can determine the exact sequence of artworks you wish to see.

Q: What happens if we arrive late?
Please arrive on time. Arriving late will impact your visit since gallery docents and picnic times are scheduled at consecutively appointed times.

Q: Why didn't I receive a free bus?
Getty bus funding for eligible Title I schools is limited and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Bus funding is not guaranteed and not automatic. If bus funding is available at the time you request a school visit, the online request form will provide further instructions and information.

Q: I am receiving bus funding. When will you schedule my bus?
It is the school's responsibility to schedule the 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.