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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 2013
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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

A way to create a memorable day -- Rent a bicycle in Sourth Pasdena, cycle to Huntington Library and spend about 5 hours there, return bicycle while admiring the mansions surrounding the Huntington Library, and then dine in the Pasadena's Fair Oaks area.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Good collection of plants in a well laid out garden. Enjoyed the art collection and the displays. Do not miss the tea house. The guided walks teach a lot about the garden and history.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

I visited the Huntington Library and Gardens (for the 3rd time) last Saturday and was happy to see the place was still maintaining its high standards. The gardens were exquisite and at a wonderful, fragrant and colorful time of the year. Even though the car park was almost full once inside there was plenty of room for everyone with no... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Beautiful diverse gardens, wonderful buildings that house the art. Loved walking and relaxing there. Highly recommend for adults and kids.

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los angeles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

The weather was perfect and Spring was sprung in San Marino. Crowds were streaming in on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to the Huntington Botanical Gardens. Very well maintained and a delightful afternoon. The Japanese Gardens, including the fascinating Bansai collection, was not to be missed. The art museum is mainly a 19th Century portrait show, which is somewhat boring.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

Have visited the Huntington Library and Art Gallery twice in the past two years. I had hoped that the second visit would be an improvement on the first - it was not! The gardens that are complete are beautiful as is the house and art galleries. Unfortunately they do not make up for the staff and catering facilities. The staff... More

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San Diego
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

A spring Saturday brought us up the 5 from San Diego to spend a day exploring the marvels of the Huntington Library. Sunny and warm with gentle breezes, the day was filled to overflowing with pleasant surprises. The visitors: polite, friendly, not too noisy in the galleries, awed by the gardens, and best of all, not overwhelming in numbers. The... More

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We thought we'd spend a couple of hours. Ended up spending the day and wishing we had more time. We went for the gardens but ended up spending as much time in the museums as we did outdoors. The guided tours were well worth the effort to attend, added a lot of value to the visit. I can't wait to... More

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Ashland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Every time we visit our son in LA , we go to the gardens. The rose garden in April is magnificent. We always enjoy the tranquil Japanese garden. My favorite is the cactus and succulent gardens. Something new blooms each time we are there. Don't miss the greenhouse at the end of the cactus garden.

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

I didn't go into the Library or Art Collection but the Gardens are incredible. I was not expecting gardens so extensive. They have it divided roughly by biosphere/continent-- a chinese garden, japanese, rose, cactus, outback. Amazing to walk through on a sunny afternoon. Definitely worth a visit-- bring your camera.

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