Teachers of grades K–12 can request a one-hour gallery lesson taught by a gallery docent.

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

Getty Villa Guided Request Form

Scheduling Your Visit
Chaperone Requirements
Lesson Topics
Self-Guided Visit Option
Before Your Visit
Length of Visit
Picnic Times and Box Lunches
Frequently Asked Questions

Scheduling Your Visit
Guided Visits are available between September 5, 2013, and June 30, 2014.

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

Guided Visits at the Villa are available for up to 120 students in grades K–12. Submit your request online, or print out a Request Form and mail it in. A maximum of two requests will be accommodated per school.

Q: What if I want to bring a group that is larger than 120 students?
You should submit two applications for two groups. The groups will be scheduled to visit on separate days.

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, we need you to fill out the form.

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

Within 8 weeks of submitting your request, you will receive a confirmation letter indicating how your group can be accommodated. If you have any questions or have not received a confirmation letter after 8 weeks, please call (310) 440-7322 and speak with a school group associate.

Q: What if you cannot accommodate my requested date?
We make every attempt to contact you by phone to offer alternative dates. We will leave voicemail messages, so please be sure to provide contact information so we can reach you.

Q: Why wasn't my visit booked for the date/time/lesson format I indicated as my first choice?
All applications are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. If you select more than one option on your request form, it is possible that you will be assigned to any one of those options.

Chaperone Requirements
We require one teacher or adult chaperone for every 15 students.
Download Getty Villa Chaperone Guidelines in English and Spanish (PDF, 163KB)

When you arrive, please have your students divided into small groups of 15 or fewer for the Guided Visit.

Q: What responsibilities do chaperones have?
All chaperones are responsible for monitoring student behavior and making sure the group stays together at all times. 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 sites without adequate chaperones, they will be confronted by Security and not be permitted to enter the galleries.

Lesson Topics
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.

Self-Guided Visit Option
Guided Visits are in very high demand. You may indicate on the request form whether you would like a Self-Guided Visit at the Villa in the event that we cannot accommodate your Guided Visit request. Learn more about Self-Guided Visits at the Getty Villa.

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.

Length of Visit
Villa lessons are one hour.

Please arrive on time. Arriving late will necessitate a shortened lesson since gallery docents and picnic times are scheduled at consecutively appointed times.

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 Villa in small groups with chaperones as long as your schedule permits.

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

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 application, 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. In the event of rain, teachers are encouraged to have students eat lunch either before or after their visit.

Q: May we purchase lunches at the Getty?
Teachers can pre-order box lunches for students and chaperones with at least one week's notice. Lunches will be delivered to the picnic area at a pre-arranged time to coordinate with our picnic area usage schedule. If you would like additional information, including current pricing, please contact Bon Appetit's catering department at (310) 440-6213.

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 through the School Visits program are required for all school groups. If you would like to guide your students yourself, please request a Self-Guided Visit.

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 Self-Guided Visit at the Getty Villa. 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.