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The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

Address: 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108
Phone Number: 626-405-2100
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$70*
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Libraries, Gardens, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Traveler Resources
Activities: Walking
Owner description: A popular tourist stop, this 207 acre complex houses a library, art...
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Type: Historic sites, Libraries, Gardens, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Traveler Resources
Activities: Walking
Hours:
Mon 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Wed - Fri 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Sat - Sun 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Dallas, Texas
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401 reviews 401 reviews
243 attraction reviews
187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

For some reason, I'd never heard of the Huntington Library et al until I was planning a recent trip to LA. I was looking for other museums beyond the two Gettys and this showed up in my search. Thank goodness I clicked on it. They have Gainsborough's Blue Boy! I grew up looking at Blue Boy and Pinkie in prints.... More 

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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The Huntington has one of my favorite places in the whole world....the cactus and succulent garden is way cool. Add the new and absolutely wonderful Chinese Garden and you've got a place you should not miss. And when we visited, it was only half complete, so it makes me want to come back when that's done. Don't bother with Blue... More 

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Ventura, California
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221 reviews 221 reviews
49 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We became members in 2012, and keep renewing because this is a great stopover any time of year when we head to LA or locations east. We usually stop in and have lunch in the newly expanded Chinese Gardens. Do not miss their fried shrimp and teas. We were greeted with the new entrance and beautiful gift/book shop on our... More 

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Washington, D.C.
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43 reviews 43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

I took my three young kids here for an afternoon, and cannot wait to go back! It is absolutely spectacular. The front is a bit disconcerting, because there are massive renovations underway, but the gardens are so expansive that you don't notice or hear the heavy machinery once you walk past. We had a lovely (and not particularly overpriced) lunch... More 

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Elgin, Illinois USA
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118 reviews 118 reviews
39 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Some of the nicest gardens in the world, featuring a great variety including desert, rose, herb, Chinese, Japanese. The quality of everything is superb. The art and furniture collection is also excellent with a emphasis on English portraiture and American. Arrive early and stay all day, have tea and lunch.

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Los Angeles, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Despite the fact that it has been undergoing major construction projects for the past several years, which are disruptive, this still is one of Southern California's treasures. For an ideal experience, try to avoid the crowds on free days and weekends (when admission costs more anyway). And allow yourself plenty of time to wander -- there's a lot more to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We didn't know it was free day (you still need a ticket) someone had returned a group of tickets and they gave us 2 at the entrance. Our lucky day. Great art, helpful staff and gorgeous gardens. We may have to pay to come back. But, will do it gladly.

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San Marcos, California
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248 reviews 248 reviews
81 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We have been members of the Huntington for years. They have one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in Southern California. I love to use the gardens when I want to take portraits of family members. The gallery has many beautiful works including Blue Boy and Pinky by Thomas Gainsborough.

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Tustin, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I have visited the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens many times. It is one of my favorite places to take visitors. The spectacular beauty of the grounds, the magnificent mansion and the outstanding art collections make this a "must see" destination.

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Tiburon, CA
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280 reviews 280 reviews
75 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

A wide variety of attractions, including Japanese garden, Chinese garden, Museum, Art gallery, cafe. Easily spend the morning or afternoon.

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