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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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Poughkeepsie, New York
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56 reviews 56 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We visited the Huntington Botanical Gardens and Art Collection on a lovely, relatively cool July day, which made touring the gardens in particular much more pleasant than is usually the case in the middle of the summer. The gardens are spectacular--more than a hundred acres that include everything from a jungle garden to desert garden to rose garden to lily... More

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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Very romantic location. We could've spent all day just exploring the gardens, but the indoor collections are as equally impressive - I was amazed to discover they had a Gutenberg bible on vellum! Could've spent several days in a row there. One of my favourite days of my trip to Los Angeles.

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
20 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We just loved this place. My wife has known about and wanted to see the Gainsborough collection for years and was not disappointed. The gardens were amazing and were a joy to walk through, such tranquillity, certain aspects and views we could have been in England with so much colour (especially green) in abundance. Be advised especially if your from... More

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Newport Beach, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I'm a member though don't get to go as much as I'd like too. Their gift shop is always a place I buy something. I enjoy the House and galleries. My favorite garden is the Chinese Gardens.

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Santa Monica, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I'm a true fan of Asian gardens and garden design. I've been to the best in the world in China, Japan, and SE Asia. North America too. The ones at Huntington are extensive and among the best in North America. The Chinese one is Suzhou inspired and the Japanese one is a bit more eclectic. Both feature impressive and lovely... More

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Murrieta, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Lots of priceless, original, famous European paintings! Gorgeous flower gardens! Very rare antique furnishings of museum quality! Japanese and Chinese gardens! Historical exhibits! Summer concerts! An absolute must see when you are in the San Gabriel Valley area!

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36 reviews 36 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We planned to visit with our group from 11 am - 4 pm - which seemed like a long time. It wasn't enough! There is so much to see that we could have spent another couple of days. From Pinky and Blue Boy to a children's splash garden to a Japanese sand garden to roses. We had a rather ordinary... More

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Littleton, Colorado
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

What an amazing place to visit! Our 10 year old was only able to manage a couple of hours, but I could have stayed all day and then some. The art collections are very impressive, the grounds are beautiful, and the library is filled with many exquisite displays, one of which is a Gutenberg bible, very old and very beautiful.... More

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Los Altos, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We visited the Huntington this past weekend for a graduation celebration. We did a private garden tour and had Michael was our guide. Very knowledgeable. Did you know that until Disneyland opened it was the most popular SoCal destination? There is too much to see in one day, but it is a place that has beautiful grounds and gardens, a... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I regret that I only had an hour and a half to savor the beauty of the Huntington Botanical Gardens. I headed for the Japanese gardens and the beauty and symmetry of the moon bridge was where I sat to meditate and pray. I couldn't have picked a better spot. Even in February the garden looked lovely and despite construction... More

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