The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino

Categories: Historic Sites, Libraries, Traveler Resources, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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See The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, an 84 hectare (207 acre) complex, housing 17th to mid-20th century European and American pieces. The library keeps over 7 million items, among which are the first two quartos of "Hamlet" and the "Gutenberg Bible." The library also showcases scientific achievements from Newton to Einstein. See 18th and 19th century British and French paintings, sculptures and decorative arts, and American paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, and photographs from the 1690s to the 1950s. In a 50 hectares (120 acres) area, visit multiple themed gardens, such as Chinese and Japanese, with lakes and tea shops, a tropical jungle, a garden with over 1,400 types of roses, and a children's garden. To visit The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens and get the most from your holiday in San Marino, create itinerary details personal to you using our San Marino itinerary planner.
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  • A friend recommended this place to me and I am so glad I visited. This is a must-see for those who love nature, art, and/or rare books and it is well worth the $23 fee for a day pass. An immense amoun...  read more »
  • I had always wanted to visit The Huntington (complete name: The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens), in the beautiful Pasadena area, but never got around to it until 2016. The H...  read more »
  • We went to the morning and we were practically all day! A beautiful place to explore in its entirety. It is very large and requires walking enough, because not feel like a bit of touring. Each of the gardens is well decorated.
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  • I love this place. I try to bring my kids as much as possible and they love coming. It is very clean and there is plenty for the kids to look at and even interact with at certain areas. They even have a great area for small kids to splash and play around. Also great for us adults.
  • I know it is called the Huntington Library. I call it the Huntington Botanical Gardens because that was the highlight of my visit! I was haunted by the immense beauty of the Huntington Botanical Gardens! Where else can you find an amazing variety of gardens that transport you to Australia, China, Japan and a desert?   I appreciate the amount of effort and detail going into designing and maintaining the gardens! It was a relaxing, mindful and zenful experience strolling through the gardens! The gardens are under continuous improvement and there are still large areas to be developed so interesting what the gardens will look in 5 years!
  • Fantastic library, art museum, and botanical gardens! We absolutely loved every bit of the Huntington Library. There is so much to explore here, you'll need at least two days! The gardens were lovely and peaceful. The library had on display original copies of some very old and very important historical pieces including Chaucer, Gutenberg Bible, Milton, Shakespeare, Audubon, Kepler, Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Descartes and many more! Having Gelato at the end made it a perfect day!
  • It's an amazing park ⛲, I visited twice in one month and still stuff to see. My favorite were Japanese 🏯 Garden, Rose Garden 🌹, Chinese Garden. It has very nice Children Garden, so lots of children were playing there. They had small but interesting Impressionism Exibit. More and more, must visit...
  • The Huntington Library is absolutely breathtaking and I would have loved it, were it not for a few extremely avoidable instances that occurred today, 7-29-2016. Right after paying, my wife's entry sticker fell off of her clothing (you have to expect that this will happen in 90+ degree heat). When she asked for a replacement, the gentleman at the ticket booth (didn't get a name, but he was Asian and had a man bun) said something to the effect of 'each sticker is accounted for and it's your responsibility not to lose them' in a rude tone. It is extremely disrespectful and just nasty to speak to grown patrons like that. He of course gave a new sticker and said something snotty like 'keep up with this one better'. It set a very bad tone for the day and was a childish, nasty thing to say. The grounds are well taken care of and the paintings are absolutely amazing, but I noticed that, as we walked through the halls, the staff would follow us. It was extremely obtuse and obvious. I am an African American man and the only African American in our group of four. We were not being loud, or rude and I was explaining to my wife and friends, the different paint compositions, brush materials, etc. I kept my hands either in my pockets or clasped behind my back to alleviate any worries that they might have about me touching the paintings (which I would never do). At first, I thought nothing of it, until I realized that they were allowing every other group to proceed unmolested, yet in several of the rooms with paintings, the staff members were so close behind us and looking at us so sternly that it felt as though they were escorting us out. One staff member even made a 'move it along' arm motion. As an artist myself, I am an art lover and really wanted to take the time to soak the visuals in, but I felt that we (I?) was treated as though I was a homeless thug. Yes, I had khaki shorts and a t-shirt on, but yes it was over 90 degrees and my day off. I felt that it was discriminatory and disrespectful. Judging by how we were the only ones followed (and yes, I desperately looked around to ensure my eyes weren't playing tricks on me in the year 2016), I'm fairly sure I know what was going on. Everyone else in our group noticed it as well and while I played it off well for the sake of everyone else, it was extraordinarily embarrassing. Do not judge people when they're dressed casual, especially a person of color. I'm an affluent business owner, an art lover and really would have loved the freedom to enjoy the beautiful works of art a bit more. For shame.
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