Museum Home Past Exhibitions The Golden Graves of Ancient Vani

July 16–October 5, 2009 at the Getty Villa


All events are free, unless otherwise noted.

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Curator's Gallery Talks
David Saunders, assistant curator of Antiquities, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a one-hour tour through the exhibition.

Fridays, August 14 and 28, 2009, 3:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Museum galleries


Exhibition Tours
Enjoy a special one-hour overview of the exhibition. Free; space is limisted. Sign up at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Entrance 15 minutes before the tour.

Fridays and Saturdays, July 17–September 5, 2009, 3:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Museum galleries

Family Activities

Drop by any time between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to explore travel and trade in the classical world. Play the Trading Game, where you and your family become ancient traders crossing the high seas! Take an Art Odyssey for Families tour through the galleries to discover the lands visited by Jason and the Argonauts in their quest for the Golden Fleece. On Sundays in June and July, hear an exciting rendition of Jason's adventurous tale.

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Saturdays and Sundays, June 6–September 6, and Monday, September 7, 2009, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Outer Peristyle

Art Odyssey for Families
A fun, activity-filled experience for children (ages 5 and up) and adults to enjoy together, this 45-minute tour through the galleries explores trade and travel in the ancient world. Space is limited. Ofrecida en español. Free; sign up at the Tour Meeting Place outside the Museum Entrance 15 minutes before the tour.

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Saturdays and Sundays, July 18–August 30, 2009, 2:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Museum galleries

Studio Course

Wine Tasting: The Wines of Georgia
Ancient wine-making traditions began along the Black Sea, and modern Georgia is the source of delicious wines that hark back to antiquity. Join wine expert Barbara Baxter for a tasting experience focusing on Georgian wines. A guided tour of the exhibition is included. Course fee $90. Open to 15 participants at each session.

Friday, July 24, 2009, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., repeating Saturday, July 25, and Sunday, July 26, 2009
Getty Villa, Education Studio and Museum galleries

Statuette of Nike / Greek


From Excavation to Exhibition: Beyond Vani's Golden Graves
Learn more about the spectacular gold and silver jewelry and other precious finds featured in the exhibition from Jennifer Chi, associate director of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University and curator of the exhibition. Free; a ticket is required.

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Saturday, July 18, 2009, 2:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium


Master of Myth, Magic and Monsters Film Series
Screenings of Jason and the Argonauts and Clash of the Titans celebrate some of the greatest creations by Ray Harryhausen, special effects artist and film producer. See Jason, Medea, Hercules, Pegasus, Perseaus and Medusa, and the countless gods, goddesses, demons, and monsters that populate his timeless Technicolor adventure fantasies. Free; a ticket is required for each attendee, including children.

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Saturday, July 25, 2009, 11:00 a.m.: Jason and the Argonauts
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Sunday, July 26, 2009, 11:00 a.m.: Clash of the Titans
Getty Villa, Auditorium