The Getty Villa
Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Auditorium
Admission: Free; ticket required. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Get Tickets" button below. Seating is on a first-come, first served basis.
Parking fee: $15
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British Museum curator Irving Finkel tells a real-life detective story that began with the arrival in 2008 of a single, palm-sized Babylonian cuneiform tablet. Dating from about 1850 B.C., this clay document proved to be a copy of the Babylonian Story of the Flood, a myth from ancient Mesopotamia containing instructions for building a large boat to survive a flood. Finkel shares his research and additional discoveries that provide unanticipated revelations about the ark before Noah.

About Irving Finkel
Philologist and Assyriologist Irving Finkel is assistant curator of the department of the Middle East at the British Museum in London, and has been a cuneiform tablet curator there since 1979. He holds his degrees from the University of Birmingham, England, and is especially interested in ancient magic and medicine, all aspects of ancient cuneiform literature, and the history of the world's board games. His recent publications include The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood (2014).

Planning your visit
The Getty Villa and its galleries are open to the general public from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. With your program ticket, you may arrive up to one hour prior to the start time of the program. For earlier arrival, a separate general admission ticket is recommended. The auditorium opens at 1:30 p.m. and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Café is open for lunch service from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and the Getty Store is open until 5:00 p.m.


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.