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. Discover how to plan a San Marino trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • Went to a reception and dinner from an organization and enjoyed every minute.. The grounds are gorgeous and we got a tour of the home. The food was great and the service was perfect. It’s elegant yet ...  more »
  • We spent about 4 hours here but wished we had the entire day. This is a fabulous place to explore. The gardens are incredible - interesting even for my teenagers - and when you get hot, go inside the ...  more »
  • The gardens are amazing, but the museum staff are rude. I was so put off by one guy I went home early. I've checked with my friends and the consensus is second rate art and ill mannered museum staff. ...  more »
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  • Absolutely gorgeous. Gigantic, with so much to see. The cafe's food is even good! Desert garden is dope and the Japanese garden is utterly captivating (with carved initial covered bamboo trees for days). Go in the spring to catch the rose garden in bloom. Also the library itself is rad, they've got these old books that are huge. Great place to spend an afternoon.
  • There are always special events going on at the gardens as things change during the season different flowers come into bloom so it's worth going at least once a month for a couple hours. Coming up will be the Roses and currently I believe the succulents are in bloom. Twice a year they have a plant sale where there are rare and more exotic plants and bulbs available. During the summer it's always a good idea to see the gardens either in the morning or in the evening before they close since it gets hot outside.
  • Beautiful gardens, yummy food options - make a day of it and bring all visitors. A truly special place. It can get hot in the summer. Several gardens to enjoy. They have a lovely tea they serve in the afternoon. Their rose, Australian and children's garden are magical. If you encounter someone who works there and has the time, you may be in for some fun insights. The museum on the property is a great place to go into when it's very hot as it is air conditioned and the exhibits are very interesting. They have multiple clean restrooms. If you can, wait until you go inside the gardens since the restrooms at the front tend to have lines.
  • WOW. The Huntington Botanical garden is a must see for anyone visiting the Los Angeles area. The park is absolutely massive and boasts some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen. There are different walking paths that take you through various types of environments. You could easily spend a full day here and not see everything. Amazing date spot that we will definitely re-visit.
  • 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.
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