The new Getty Villa

In the hills above Malibu, the museum itself is a work of art

Matthew Jaffea
Southern California has a new blockbuster museum to add to its much- lauded lineup. A $275 million renovation of the original hilltop J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Villa in Malibu pays homage to Getty's collection of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities with a design that's as culturally respectful as it is ground-breaking. We toured the museum just before its January opening with principal architect Jorge Silvetti, who highlighted some of his favorite spots.

INFO: Getty Villa (10-5 Thu-Mon; free, but advance tickets required; parking $7; 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades; 310/440-7300)