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

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. Discover how to plan a San Marino trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • Beautifully landscaped sculpture garden. Lots of paths designed with period and cultural aspects. The art is expectional (broad range). From European to American and exhibit galleries. The antiques (f...  more »
  • I have been to the Huntington Library and Gardens on two occasions. If you appreciate gardening, this is the place for you! The museum buildings are impeccable and the art work and library titles are ...  more »
  • I went with my family and we enjoyed all the gardens, but specially the desert garden, the jungle garden and the children's garden. I really enjoyed the classical sculpture dotted around the grounds. ...  more »
  • The Huntington Gardens changes every season. In the spring the Desert Garden is in bloom which is quite spectacular. In the summer the roses are stunning. In winter, when I made my last visit, there were quite a number of wild grasses In Bloom and irises. Year-round you can enjoy the Japanese and Chinese gardens. There are always special exhibitions that are usually very well curated and manageable. Their permanent collection which is in the main library building consists of the pinky and the blue boy and a Gutenberg Bible. The Huntington has really stepped up their food game. Previously there was only the Tea room which was mediocre at best. But now there are quite a few other options. I highly recommend the upscale food court, the 1900 Cafe. It costs $25 a person admission unless you're 65 or a student. Proof must be supplied and then you pay $20. Parking is free.
  • Difficult to find a more refreshing place within LA County (aside from The Getty and The Getty Villa which are close runner-ups). I fell in love with this botanical garden from my first visit and have never been let down. This gem is a must-see LA attraction as it will never cease to amaze. From the library to the strolls through the exotic collections, one always leaves with a sense of awe and curiosity. If you are a local as I once was (and will be so once again in July) the yearly membership is without a doubt worth the expense. I've taken cooking classes, gardening courses and have enjoyed many member-exclusive events through that pass, not to mention the guest passes that come with it! Between the Huntington Library and the New York Botanical Garden I cannot think of better gardens in the entire US!
  • We went for a tour of the gardens. Our docent, Bob, was very knowledgeable and made the tour interesting and fun. The gardens are well kept and make you feel like you are in another country. All of the staff is helpful and friendly. There is so much to see at the library and gardens that it is impossible to see in one day. I even saw a couple of people going for a power walk while we were on the tour. Definitely, set aside a couple of hours to see the grounds.
  • Super awesome This place is amazing There is so much to see Bring comfortable shoes lots of walking Art and plants take your pick Have a Bar Mitzvah or wedding here Parking is good Expensive when compared to other Botanical Gardens. I wish they would charge for art galleries, Gardens, or both. Has a few restaurants and a Dumpling House in Japanese tea ceremony in Chinese Garden. The Rose Garden is amazing. The Japanese garden is crazy that place must be worth 2.5 billion dollars. Must see Japanese garden
  • Several different beautiful botanical gardens to explore year round. It was a film location for some movies that were shot there. Don't forget to relax at their little tea house, for great service and refreshing beverages. Their art collection is fast. Be ready to walk a lot, because its like 200 acres.
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