The Getty Center

Special events and activities are offered for families at the Getty Center and Villa seasonally throughout the year.


Date: Sunday, October 14, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. & 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Location: Outdoor Classroom
Admission: Free; no ticket required.

How did knights get their shining armor? Join master blacksmith Tony Swatton, proprietor of the local armory The Sword and The Stone, and discover how medieval and Renaissance arms and armor were made. Then handle gauntlets, helmets and more at the interactive touch table. Complements the exhibition All that Glitters: Life in the Renaissance Court.

Tony Swatton
Tony Swatton has been forging armor, swords, helmets, and shields for 30 years. If you've seen an action movie or music video with a cool-looking dagger or suit of gleaming metal—whether Batman, Katy Perry, or Pirates of the Caribbean—chances are it came from his armory.

Tony will show how a blacksmith tames steel the old-fashioned way to make tools of the trade for the working knight (or Hollywood stuntman). This is a drop-in, please-touch program with plenty of time for questions. So if you ever wanted to know what it really takes to be a knight in shining armor, drop by and meet Tony.

How to Get Here
The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles, California, approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for maps and driving directions.