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Address: 37977 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Phone Number: +1 760-202-2222
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Thu - Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Sunnylands, a 200-acre midcentury modern estate, opened March 2012 for...
Sunnylands, a 200-acre midcentury modern estate, opened March 2012 for high-level retreats of leaders seeking solutions. The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to building international understanding, advancing world peace, improving the functioning of government and other purposes through high-level retreats for global leaders from a spectrum of fields.The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands welcomes national and international leaders for high-level retreats and meetings that address and seek solutions to serious issues facing the nation and world. Sunnylands, the former winter residence of Ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg, is available also for limited public tours with purchase of a ticket. The adjacent Sunnylands Center & Gardens, open free to the public, features exhibitions, films, and educational programs; and visitors can enjoy a nine-acre garden. The historic house and Sunnylands Center & Gardens opened March 1, 2012. Sunnylands Center & Gardens Hours: 9am - 4pm, Thursdays through Sundays. Cafe open until one-half hour before closing. Closed June 15 - September 24, 2015.
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Worth the money if you enjoy Mid Century modern houses

You have a choice, tour the gardens for free and/or take the house tour a nominal fee. Either way worth it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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Fullerton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

You have a choice, tour the gardens for free and/or take the house tour a nominal fee. Either way worth it.

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Camarillo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We were lucky enough to get tickets for the house and grounds tour - if you want a SPECTACULAR time, make sure you get on line early to purchase tickets. Walking into the Annenbergs home was so awesome - knowing that world dignitaries had either visited or stayed on the property - Clinton, Bush, Obama, Prince Charles, Reagan, Sinatra -... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

This review is just for the Center and gardens, as we were unable to book a tour of the residence. The gardens around the center, free to visit, are lovely. They are primarily comprised of massed cacti, agave and yucca. I like the clean style but it becomes a bit monotonous after a short while. The staff at the center... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Everyone that comes to the area should try to go. Tickets must be arranged on line. A lot of presidential history.

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Palm Desert, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We arrived with a group, had a bite to eat and then went on a most wonderful tour of the Annenberg Estate. We traveled in a 6 seat golf cart and the young lady who was presenting was completely knowledgeable about all aspects of the attraction. You probably need to make reservations in advance so that you can get tickets... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

Even if you don't manage to get tickets for the house tour, I'd still recommend visiting the visitors centre & gardens. Absolutely stunning place, so peaceful.

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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We were looking forward to the house tour, but like others we were not able to get tickets. However, the grounds of the Center are very nice and we were free to wonder around at our convenience. The architecture of the Center is gorgeous, too.

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Vancouver BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We just happened to read about this in a guide book and are so glad we visited. The building and grounds are beautiful. Great history of the place in a 20 minute video they show regularly. They had some great displays as well. We didn't buy the house tour but wish we had. It sells out quickly so if you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 via mobile

We went on the tour of the grounds and the house. Wow! It was just amazing. Our tour guide Jennifer was amazing And we all just loved the tour. The gardens, the furniture, the house, the golf course were just stunning. What an Amazing place. Truly a must see when your in the desert. We could go over and over... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

This Annanberg-funded free garden has only been open for 3 years, so don't be surprised if you have driven by the understated entrance on BOB HOPE DRIVE without turning right into its long driveway. Betcha thought it was a private estate. The welcome house has several displays interesting in themselves as well as a modest gift shop, and a pleasant... More 

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