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The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108
626-405-2100
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in San Marino
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Libraries, Gardens
Activities: Walking
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... more » 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. « less
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Los Angeles, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

While the admission price me may be a little pricey it is well worth it. I believe it is now 20 or $25 per adult. I have the year-long membership. These are beautiful gardens divided into different themes. You have the Chinese garden, Japanese garden, Rosegarden, eucalyptus garden, etc. they have a beautiful buffet style teahouse in the Rose garden.... More

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We visited in late summer - the grounds were just breathtaking. Honestly, my favorite part was the plant lab, to the right inside the jungle conservatory. I learned so much!! Leaves have little mouths called stomata to take in moisture! Moss are a single cell thick! But I won't spoil it all for you. The Chinese Gardens weren't completed when... More

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Weston, Florida
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89 reviews 89 reviews
50 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Being a fan of Gainsborough, I could not be in LA and not go see the "Boy in a blue suit" at the Huntington Library. What a discovery that was. What an amazing place! Not only for the art but the gardens. We had scheduled 1 hour and ended up spending 4. It was not enough. One of the highlight... More

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Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
3 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Every year during the summer time I make a field trip to this wonderful heaven like gardens. It is a wonderful place to take your family to enjoy fine art, beautiful and exotic gardens and animals. I will be back soon, MD

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Orange County, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We had a great time admiring the art and beautiful gardens at The Huntington Library. One can spend hours walking through the different gardens and art exhibitions as well as just having some peaceful time at the Japanese garden. My 8 year old daughter found the Children's Garden to be fun and really enjoyed the Plant Experiment section as it... More

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Los Angeles
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57 reviews 57 reviews
28 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This place is huge, and the art is amazing but the gardens even more so. We spent almost 5 1/2 hours here last week, including about an hour in the tea room (make reservations - they're required for the tea room but very worth it), and I think we only saw perhaps 1/4 of the whole thing. The Japanese garden... More

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Los Angeles
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54 reviews 54 reviews
26 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Well out of the way on my California vacation I had to trek to the Huntington Library to see the art collection including the famous Blue Boy and Pinkie. This huge campus with multiple building and gardens exceeding my expectations. Well worth facing the California freeways.

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Seattle
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Be there soon after opening to get a good parking spot. I would also bring my own sandwich next time as the food choice is very limited and geared toward the "fast" variety. Also bring water if you go in the summer as it gets very hot strolling around the beautiful gardens. I think this is a must see in... More

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155 reviews 155 reviews
26 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The first thing we did was take a walking tour with a docent. It was unusually hot but our docent tried to keep us in the shade most of the times. Japanese and Chinese gardens were marvelous. We were delighted to have lunch in the teahouse. The rose garden was breathtaking. It takes 60 plus gardeners to maintain all the... More

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California
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7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We wanted to visit some place unique and not often talked about in the Los Angeles area. It w The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Gardens was a suggestion from a libarian colleague and friend. It proved to us to be an outstanding choice and is a world class attraction. This institution is located in San Marino, California and was... More

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