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

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 NEW

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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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
71 helpful votes 71 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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141 reviews 141 reviews
25 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Tucson
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Spend all day there. They have a nice cafeteria as well. We only had time to visit the art portion and a bit of a new exhibition within the library, but it was very good, educational, and well presented. The gardens are particularly beautiful, but it will take a lot of time to see them all, so plan your visit... More

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San Marino, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Been to many botanical around the world, I must say Huntington library is consider one of the best. Mainly the outdoor garden, plants and trees. Indoor plants are limited. Amazing collections of paintings. Overall its a enjoyable day walk visit.

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USA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Plan on spending a full day or more here. The gardens are incredible and vast. The main house is unique and the history is fascinating.

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San Diego, CA
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Take a day off from the Hollywood and Disneyland circuit and enjoy a gorgeous botanical garden with grass for somersaulting and cartwheeling, fountains, greenhouses, sculpture gardens, fish ponds, bridges and mausoleums, and that's just on the outside. The library displays rare books like Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the Gutenberg Bible, and Audubon’s The Birds of America, a letter... More

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