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“A little bit of heaven” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
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$78.98*
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase
Claremont, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A little bit of heaven”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2014

The Huntington Library and grounds are simply wonderful. Pinkie and Blue Boy always inspire me to continue to enjoy the art world. The gardens are beautiful and can't wait until Spring to see all flowers coming up and enjoying the gardens. In the middle of crazy cities, we have the Huntington and my wish would be for all to experience this art collection and gardens.

Visited January 2014
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Punta Gorda
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“Great 3 hours!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2014

The grounds are lovely, but the Library is fascinating. The collections are extensive and very well displayed. Parking adequate. We highly recommend the Huntington.

Visited November 2013
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Connecticut
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“Versailles on steroids!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2014

Multiple buildings housing artworks, both old and new, history of printing, science, are available for everyone. There are gardens, Chinese, Japanese, that will thrill the soul. The layout of these is so stimulating that I can't wait to see the area in two years when more areas will be developed. The maps are generally informative but you really have to align yourself directionally to avoid getting lost. The acreage is that great. The property is extensive and every view is entrancing. There's a children's garden near the tropical forest building that is activity-driven and friendly, as are all the venues. Even the gift shop is exceptional. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as the area is widespread. If you are in Pasadena, this museum is a must. February 8, I saw a camellia exhibition that was truly wonderful. Check their schedules for coming attractions.

Visited February 2014
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Surrey, United Kingdom
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“A Very Special Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2014

First two warnings:
1. Watch opening times, mostly quite short apart from weekends (though if planned some time beforehand you can buy tours that get you in much earlier).
2. Completely echo comments by others about the food experience here being rubbish

That said .......WoW!
The library did a fantastic job in showing off its very many treasures (not so easy with books) - a lot of thought has gone into how to make this a really interesting and enthralling experience

It was so nice to go to a gallery in the States dedicated to home grown art - some wonderful things to see, modern furniture was a feature and some insight into the artistic and design development of the USA.

That said, as someone else commented, the Gainsboroughs and Reynolds (full length portraits of rich and powerful women + the Blue Boy) in the European Gallery were really special, and quite magnificent; even if like us that 18th C stuff is not quite your thing.

......and then there are the gardens,..... again WoW!

If you like desert plants, their desert garden was not just the best that we have ever seen, it was many times better than anything we have seen before. Diversity of plants, beauty and imagination in planting, scale and setting...all just great.

Japanese garden - Stunning, huge, diverse, etc, etc

Chinese garden - Still a work in progress, but even incomplete (....sorry but) Wow! The buildings, features and hard landscape are of breathtaking scale, variety and beauty....we can't wait to see how the planting develops in the future.

Other gardens were also lovely and were filled with birds and butterflies.

All in all so good, and so much there that we have changed our plans and will be visiting again on this trip.

Visited February 2014
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alexandria, Virginia
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“if you can, go on a Sunday”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2014

unfortunately, this museum is open for very short times during the week. if you can, go on a Sunday and show up when it opens at 10 or 10:30 You can EASILY spend ALL day visiting the gardens and museums. They are all of superior quality. The Gainsboroughs are stunning. Worth every penny.

Visited January 2014
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