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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • I've been before and it's a lovely place. We went with our family before. My son was 2 or 3 and we took a few pictures just with our camera. No big deal. This time however, it was packed! it was so cr...  more »
  • Need several days to see everything. Beautiful Japanese and Chinese gardens. Will stop by the Japanese restaurant next time to relax and eat.  more »
  • We highly recommenc the docent led estate tour! We spent an hour and a half with Carie, a lovely docent full of information about the Huntingtons and the history of the gardens and library. After the ...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • A wonderful place for relaxing and learning about exotic plants. Some of the most rare plants are on display here and thats worth the visit. Beware of some of the staff though, a mean old lady staff rudely yelled at my 2 year old kid! She got scared and tried to run towards me and this lady held her and yelled again "no running around" This place is awesome but that lady kinda ruined our day. I really hope they train their staff better on how to be patient and not be rude, specially to a 2 YEAR OLD KID!
  • Gorgeous Garden and Breathtaking Collection Wow! Let’s start with that. This place tops the list. The garden is just stunning. The must see are the Japanese Garden, Desert Garden, Chinese Garden and the Rose Garden. The others are: the Australian Garden, California Garden, Camellia Garden, Lily Ponds, Palm Garden, Shakespeare Garden and the Subtropical Garden. The Japanese Garden is fabulous. We enjoyed having tea and spring rolls at the Chinese Garden Tea Shop, overlooking the pond of the Chinese Garden. You need several hours to fully walk this place. The Permanent Exhibitions were nice too that included collections from Shakespeare. The gift shop is large and has a huge collection of gifts. We need to go back to look at what was missed during this visit.
  • Plan on spending an entire day here. One of the best botanical gardens in the world; it sets a standard others strive toward. Great restaurant also. TIPS: Bring sunscreen, a wide brim hat & sunglasses. Admission price is high, but worth every penny. HOT TIP: When you get exhausted you're very welcome to collapse on grass in the shade and nap. YUM!