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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  • The Huntington Library and Gardens is one of the best kept secrets in the LA tourist scene. We visited LA 5 years in a row and never heard about it till the last time and even then, from a local perso...  more »
  • Simply put this place is amazing! Art,gardens, history and a beautiful landscape in a single location. We walked through the gardens and explored the art and did not have enough time. Want to go back ...  more »
  • The rose garden is wonderfull and science is very impotant and the pictures are beautifull Japones garden is excellent  more »
  • AMAZING historical museum that has a variety of plant life, art, sculpture, gardens, books, furniture, fountains, architecture and more! It was a wonderful way to spend a beautiful sunny day in Southern California, and we intend to go back next month to see some of exhibits and art that we did not get to see on this visit. It is a wonderful testament to a time long ago and a great gift to Southern California and tourists. You will be wowed, amazed and walk away humbled and happy; and will add some amazing photographs of all of it! I could spend an eternity in the library alone. I enjoyed the ambience and finger food at the Rose Garden Tea Room, where the service was excellent and the staff very friendly. It definitely enhances the experience to take a break from the many wonderful exhibits and gardens to drink tea and refuel yourself to explore the rest!
  • Besides their modern era documents collection, they have some of the best gardens in the LA Basin. Japanese, Chinese, desert Australian, cactus, flower, rose are just a few of the gardens they have here. You can lose yourself for hours walking about the grounds. The Tea House is really special. It fills up fast, so get your reservations in as quickly as you can. There is food at the Chinese Gardens. It gets really busy over there and I like the quieter parts of the facility.
  • This place is so elegant. Each garden has its own beauty and charm. Every time when I come here, I enjoy all the nature elements. The staffs and volunteers are very knowledgeable and friendly. If you join membership, you can also go to summer picnic music events. It's really nice and fantastic atmosphere. My favorite part is the Japanese garden. It gives you the zen vibes. It was very soothing to walk around the garden and the pound. In Chinese garden, there is a (the only) restaurant which has good vegan selections. Thumbs up!! A side note, don't get fooled by the name "Huntington Library." The library only open for researchers to work on their current dissertation or research. You need to fill out application and get interviewed in order to be in the actual library. There is no books for you to check out. Highly recommend this place.
  • Incredible. I was looking forward to visiting this place and it did not disappoint. The gardens were particularly well cared for, especially considering the incredible size. I highly recommend the Japanese and Chinese gardens. The collection of European art was tremendously compelling and fascinating. Highly recommend a visit. Wow. 5 stars.
  • This is surely one of the top botanical gardens in the world, at least in my book. I love the desert garden like almost every one that comes here? If you have time, do a checklist and walk through all 12 gardens...which might take more than one trip for me. Do not ditch the kids at home, oh maybe ditch them with an in law at Children's garden.

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