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

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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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  • What a wonderful legacy, in the spirit of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London -- a place devoted to the love of learning, the love of the arts, the love of nature. First, get your bearings at the...  more »
  • There is something for everyone at the gardens, and you can spend as long as you want walking around, through the different 'zones', enjoying everything there is to see. Very close to Pasadena, and le...  more »
  • A magical experience to visit ---for all ages. Nice to get away from all the artificial entertainment surrounding our children.  more »
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  • Need something as a gift or the house that is Japanese? This is the real deal. Platters, bowls, tea sets, vases, No electronics other than a huge selection of rice cookers. Service is top notch. Don't speak Japanese? Do? They have it covered. We found what we were looking for at a good price, had it wrapped and we were out the door. Check their hours...closed I think on Wednesdays. The Huntington Library is best.
  • We drove three hours - so far so good until we got to the Dumpling house. We are aware the Rose garden tea room is closed but the Other two places to eat is supposed to be open. We got here and there is a sign on the door saying it's temporarily closed. Not closed for the day just temporarily closed. From the outside Looking in we could see a few uncooked dumplings on the counter. The lights are on inside, the kitchen not unkempt; heating lamps are on. It looked as if the place was abandoned mid service. Around the corner we saw the restaurant staffers eating and chatting away without a care in the world. Leaving us the impression that they've decided to take their meal break together. One guy with an apron on passed by in front of us. I grabbed his attention asked if the restaurant is closed for the day. He replied 'yes' and quickly left before we could ask another question. We watched him enter the restaurant via the side door, and then came out with a bowlful of Food. Without missing a beat he joined his co workers and all is well in their world. It took me a while to write this review for I did not want to sound like some angry fool Right now people are passing by looking at the sign and peeking into the restaurant. The staffers are now back inside the restaurant. I counted 6 people busily working in the kitchen making dumplings.
  • We booked tea at Huntington Library on July 2nd. We had reservations at 1045 am opening time and were seated immediately. The rose tea served was very aromatic and light. We were served hot scones with a tray of jam, creme fraiche and butter. So scrumptious! The buffet style tea allows diners to go back for seconds. There was caviar too! There were various salad, glass noodle, quinoa, crunchy green beans. A wide range of fruits and desserts were offered. Truly delightful to spend brunch!
  • 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!
  • Beautiful gardens, a wonderful place to visit especially on weekdays when it is less crowded. Slow down and let yourself enjoy each space instead of trying to do all parts of the gardens in a day or single walk. The cafe is nice and open with a pleasant outdoor patio. The tea garden in the Chinese garden is wonderful but busy during weekends. The museums' strength is pre-WWII American art, and if you were to choose one gallery to visit I'd say the most intriguing is the "library exhibits" of old manuscripts.