Welcome! We're so glad you're thinking about bringing your students to the Getty Villa.

Beginning in September 2018, all school visits will include a one-hour guided tour with a Getty docent. Students, accompanied by chaperones, are encouraged to explore the galleries on their own following their guided tour.

Reservations for the 2018-19 school year will open at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 4, 2018.

Getty Villa Visit Request Form



Here are three steps to schedule a FREE visit.

1) Request a visit time
2) Recruit chaperones
3) Confirm transportation

Click on the links on the right-hand side of this page for important documents.

Step 1: Request a visit time
Scheduling FAQs
Confirmation
Step 2: Recruit Chaperones
Chaperone FAQs
Step 3: Confirm transportation
Your Guided Visit
Guided Tour FAQs
Before Your Visit
After Your Visit
Picnic Times and Box Lunches
Other Frequently Asked Questions

 

Step 1: Request a visit time
A reservation may be made for up to 120 students in grades K–12. If the number of students is larger than 120, please submit two requests, for two different days. Submit your request online.

Tuesday Visits
The Getty Villa is pleased to offer Guided Visits on Tuesdays when the Museum is closed to the general public. Please note that only select galleries are open and school groups must exit the Museum galleries promptly after the Guided Visit is over. The Family Forum is closed on Tuesdays. All school groups must be off the grounds by 1:00 p.m.

Scheduling FAQs

Q: What if I want to bring a group that is larger than 120 students?
Due to capacity limits, you should submit two requests. The groups will be scheduled at different times, and may not be scheduled on the same day.

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, please use the online request system.

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

Q: I don't want a tour. Do I have to make a reservation?
Reservations are required for all school groups. All reservations include a guided tour. Students are encouraged to explore the galleries with chaperones following their guided tour. This is an ideal time for customized lessons assigned by the teacher, or for teacher-led exploration.

Confirmation
Due to the high volume of requests that we receive, we prioritize sending confirmations according to the date of the visit requested. If you have any questions on the status of your request or you have not received a confirmation email within four weeks, please call (310) 440-7322 and speak with a school group associate.

Step 2: Recruit Chaperones
We require one teacher or adult chaperone for every 15 students. Chaperones are responsible for monitoring and accompanying students at all times during their visit, even if students are high-school aged, for safety and security purposes.
Download Getty Villa Chaperone Guidelines in English and Spanish (PDF, 155KB)

Please be prepared to separate your entire school group into smaller groups for the Guided Tour and self-guiding with chaperones after the tour. Your groups may be as small as 8 or as large as 18 students, though we strive for groups of 10-15 students each when matching students with docents. We will tell you the exact number when you arrive. We will do our best to keep students in your class together, but please be flexible according to staff requests to divide students.

Chaperone FAQs

Q: What responsibilities do chaperones have?
All chaperones are responsible for monitoring student behavior and making sure the group stays together, even if students are high-school aged. Each chaperone must stay with the tour and be quietly engaged for the full duration.

Q: Is there a maximum number for chaperones?
Yes. A maximum of two chaperones per 15 students are allowed. Only two chaperones may join each guided group. Additional chaperones may tour the galleries on their own and rejoin the school 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 site without adequate chaperones, they will required by Security to rejoin their chaperone or leave the galleries.

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

Step 3: Confirm transportation
Parking is FREE for school groups.

If chaperones want to arrive separately 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. If you need to make changes to an existing reservation, please call (310) 440-7322 and speak with a school group associate.

The Getty offers bus funding for eligible Title I schools. This funding is limited and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis for Title I schools within a 30 mile radius of the Getty's two sites. Bus funding is not guaranteed and not automatic. If bus funding is available at the time you request a school visit, the online request system will provide further instructions and information.

It is the school's responsibility to schedule 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, or call (310)440–7322 to speak with a school group associate.

Your Guided Visit
During our “Art of the Ancient World” guided lesson at the Getty Villa, students will experience the ancient world through investigating objects such as vases, sculptures, mosaics, and frescoes from the Museum’s collection. Students will be encouraged to look closely at these artifacts and consider how the objects and ideas still have an impact on our daily lives today. Students will exercise close looking skills as they identify ancient myths and the Greek and Roman gods, goddesses, heroes, and monsters depicted on works of art from antiquity. They will gain a better understanding of the role of myth in ancient society, daily life, and culture.

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.

Guided Tour FAQs

Q: How long is the guided portion of the visit?
Guided Visits are one hour: four 15-minute stops, each in a different gallery. Please arrive on time, arriving late will require your tour to be shortened.

Q: Can my students have a tour of particular exhibit or display?
Unfortunately, we cannot conduct Guided Visits of specific exhibitions, but you may explore any exhibition before or after your scheduled Guided Visit. Visits scheduled on Tuesday cannot self-guide in the Museum, but may visit the Outer Peristyle Garden and Herb Garden.

Q: What if I want to guide my students through the galleries myself?
We offer docent-led Guided Tours for every school that visits the Getty. Students, accompanied by chaperones, are encouraged to explore the galleries on their own following their guided tour. This is an ideal time for customized lessons assigned by the teacher, or for teacher-led exploration. We offer several activities covering many topics that can be used during the self-guided portion of your visit: Self-Guided Visit Activities

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

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. Please note that we do not provide paper.

Before Your Visit
In preparation, please do the following activities with your students in the classroom before your visit:

After Your Visit
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.

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. On rainy days we cannot accommodate picnics; please have an alternate lunch plan, such as having students eat before leaving school in the morning or upon returning to school after their visit. If you choose to eat on site, students will need to eat on the bus.

Q: May we purchase lunches at the Getty?
Teachers can preorder box lunches for students. Please contact Bon Appètit's catering department at (310) 440-6213 or bonappetit@getty.edu for current prices and menus.
Box Lunch Menu (PDF, 229KB)

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.

Other Frequently Asked Questions


Q: I don't want a tour. Do I have to make a reservation?
Reservations are required for all school groups.

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 visit. Homeschool groups must follow the same procedures and guidelines as all other school groups.

Q: What other activities are available on site?
The Family Forum is a docent-facilitated learning space at the Getty Villa, filled with hands-on activities designed to encourage families and school groups (grades K-8) to explore, play, and learn together. The focus is on the world of ancient Greek vases—how they were made, decorated, and used. There's lots to touch, learn, and enjoy! Space is limited and available on a first-come first-served basis. Please make your reservation with the docent in the Family Forum upon your arrival: 15 students + adult per 20-minute slot. Learn more about the Family Forum by visiting the info page Getty Villa Family Forum.

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.

Q: What happens if we arrive late?
Please arrive on time. Arriving late will result in a shortened Guided Lesson since gallery docents and picnic times are scheduled at consecutively appointed times.

Q:What happens if we arrive early?
All school groups have timed entry to the Villa due to limited space in the Museum. If you arrive earlier than your scheduled entry time, you will only be allowed to take your students into the gardens. Please be aware that the gardens may not keep your students occupied for extended periods of time.