The Getty Villa
Educator Sabina Miller facilitates a handling session.

Ever wonder what it would be like to take a museum object out of its case for a closer look? Try the next best thing! Join an educator on select days at the Getty Villa and handle replica objects along with the materials and tools that ancient artists used to create the works of art on display in the galleries.

Currently in the series


Bronze Casting

Date: Thursdays and Fridays,
through November 13
Time: 11:00 a.m.-noon
Location: Getty Villa: Reading Room
Admission: Free

How were bronze sculptures made in antiquity? Learn how clay, wax, plaster, and bronze were utilized in lost-wax casting process in this multisensory handling session. Touch tools and materials that will deepen your knowledge of bronze casting, an art form that continues to be practiced today. This is a free, drop-in program.

Recently in the series


Gem Carving

Date: Thursdays and Fridays,
beginning May 14, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m.-noon
Location: Getty Villa, Reading Room
Admission: Free

What's the difference between an intaglio and a cameo? Find out in this multisensory handling session! Touch tools and materials similar to those used by ancient gem carvers. Discover how gemstones were shaped, polished, and carved with images to serve as personal seals, amulets, and ornaments. This is a free, drop-in program.

Gem carving and video footage courtesy of Chavdar Chushev.
Produced by the J. Paul Getty Museum © 2009 J. Paul Getty Trust.

How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.