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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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Raleigh, NC
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

I lived in southern California for 10 year; 5 years in Pasadena. I was a member of the Huntington & it was a great museum to bring friends to, visit, simply walk around. The rose gardens are wonderful & they had a summer concert (picnic on the lawn) series that was great. It's something that you can go to and... More

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Sacramento, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

The Huntington is worth visiting for the gardens alone, but there is so much more to see! The art collection includes several original Gainsborough paintings, priceless tapestries, silver, porcelain, and other objects galore. There is a Japanese tea garden, a Chinese garden, an Australian garden, and even a lily pond. The library itself includes some original manuscripts by Mark Twain,... More

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

What can I say. We were looking for something different on our last day in LA, saw a recommendation for this place and Ubered out there. Anyone who is not struck by the beauty and tranquility of this place has no soul. Superbly maintained and designed gardens. The Japanese garden is the best I have ever seen, and it has... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This was my first time visiting a botanical, and my wife and I really enjoyed it. Make sure you get here when they open (12:00 pm) because we were not able to finish the whole garden. The open from 12:00 to 4:00 pm. They don't allow food inside,but they do have a small Chinese food restaurant inside with a very... More

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

It is simply amazing how much there is to see and do here. The gardens are wonderful, and the teahouse is exquisite. The library, which was one the Huntington family home, houses an impressive library, lovely period furniture and decor, and famous art.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

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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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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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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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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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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