Monday, April 13, 2009

Malibu Barbary

The Getty Museum, perched on a bluff in Malibu overlooking the Pacific ocean, has some great ancient Roman, Etruscan, and Greek art. J. Paul Getty built the art museum as a recreation of a Roman villa from Herculaneum, the ancient city destroyed with Pompeii during the famous eruption of Mount Vesuvius in southern Italy.

The museum is a great place to visit after you have tired of surfing and laying on the beach or a detour if you are making your way along California's coast. The museum ran into some controversy a few years ago when the previous curator was indicted by the Italian government for trafficing in stolen antiquities. But don't let a little problem like millions of dollars in stolen artifacts stop you from enjoying what is likely one of the best collections outside of Europe.

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