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The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

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A popular tourist stop, this 207 acre complex houses a library, art collection and stunning gardens. The library and art gallery contain rare books and one of the most complete collections of 18th century art outside of London.
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1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108-1218
+1 626-405-2100
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Reviewed yesterday

We went to visit the gardens, and although in February there was still loads to see. We particularly wanted to see the flowering Camellias. Unfortunately they were already past their best because of the unusual heavy rain the previous week. We then went to the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Alan R
Reviewed 3 days ago

I threw a dart at a map and found this place -- and I'm glad I did. The fragrant gardens are a delight to amble through, and if you're into strolling through galleries you can see Gainsborough's "Blue Boy" and a Gutenberg Bible. It's a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank BillScurry
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a few hours to spend before my flght back to Europe. A chef working at the Huntingdon Library, I met the evening before in the hotel bar, recommended me this place. I absolutely enjoyed my 2,5 hours visit, although this was way to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 79louh
Reviewed 1 week ago

AAA lists the gardens and museums as a "GEM" experience. Gardens have over 14,000 varieties of plants, shrubs and trees. I'm a master gardener and spent about 4 hours wandering through the gardens. Wow. I especially liked the desert and Japanese gardens. But there's something...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 505badgolfer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We LOVED this place. We unfortunately only had a couple hours before closing but it was still worth it. Most people I've told about this (from Seattle) have never heard of it. The Library was just amazing, the gardens were wonderful. We didn't eat and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LovestoTravel129
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is hard to believe that this tranquil spot exists so close to Los Angeles. With a Chinese, a Japanese, a formal rose garden, a desert garden and lots of open park space, there is something for everyone to just kick back, wander and enjoy....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Don C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Huntington is a private non-profit founded in 1919 by Henry E Huntington, an astute businessman who built a commercial empire in Southern California. Born in 1850, Henry Huntington commenced his working life in 1872, working for his uncle Collis P Huntington, one of the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank TMenon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My college roommates and I went here for our 15 year reunion as part of our trip to California. It was very beautiful and alot to see. My favorite exhibit was the rose gardens. I did have my little one with me and some parts...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank algsunshine
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Huntington is an A+ place to visit. Varied and interesting exhibits-- more than enough for a day or two at least. Excellent audio tours included that can also be downloaded.. Helpful staff. Even decent food and beautiful gardens.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JeffreyGL48
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must see. The Japanese and Chinese gardens and buildings are beautiful. The European art contains Pinkie and Blue Boy under restoration in public view. The Library contains many historical documents. The ancient maps are interesting. There is so much to see.

Date of experience: January 2019
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20 October 2018|
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Response from venckman2017 | Reviewed this property |
From the website: "Service Animals. The Huntington welcomes all visitors, including those assisted by a service animal. Visitors with a registered service animal are permitted in all publicly accessible areas. In... More
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This is called the "Orbit Pavilion". It's a giant silver structure that's shaped like a shell. The installation was created through NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to represent the movement of the International Space... More
31 March 2018|
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Response from RCQFAN | Reviewed this property |
Sorry to reply so late You can get tickets online, but there really isn’t a need to. Parking is free. Just go to the ticket window at the entrance. They will also give you a map and a brochure detailing any exhibits... More