Paul Getty Museum
The Museum opened again on January 28, 2006 at the Getty Villa in Malibu; here, the museum is dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria, and houses approximately 44,000 works of art.
Oil magnate J. Paul Getty used some of his vast wealth to amass an incredible art and antiquities collection, first displayed in his ranch house on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. In the early 70s, he had a Romanesque villa constructed next to his house to be a permanent museum for his collection. The Malibu Villa, modeled after the partially excavated Villa dei Papiri in Italy ( in Herculenium near Pompeii), became the home of the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1974. In 1997, the Getty Villa was closed and the collection was relocated to the new hill-top Getty Center in Brentwood (Los Angeles).