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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.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens Reviews
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 »
Be prepared to walk for HOURS, the maps are not very helpful and neither are the smalls signs that tell you where gardens are at, I and many other people got lost and were looking at maps and walking from one place to another(like in circles). There are restrooms but you will need to walk at least 10 min to get to the nearest one. I went in Sept and it was hot. Not sure how people can do it in the hot summer months. 30 min waits for a ride assistance that carries up to 6 people and not really spacious if you have a wheel chair. I enjoyed the exhibits especially the Rose one was my favorite. But I disliked walking for so long my feet ached. I don't know how the elderly or people who thought of wearing heels could do it. Bring a hat, water, comfy shoes is my tip & a backpack for more comfort. They should have more car ride assistance that are designated to take a group of people to one garden & so on. There was A LOT to see and what I had a chance to see I enjoyed, but after 2.5 hrs of walking in the heat & going in what felt like circles I was done. I didn't get to see all but I probably won't return unless I take an electric chair or they provide more car rides. I'm not lazy but this places is Acres
If you are lucky enough to say yes to Huntington, don’t make the tragic mistake of blocking out an hour or two. You look at the map and think “Desert Garden? It’s a desert, what could possibly be there?” No, it’s beautifully landscaped, manicured and planned. It’s almost beautifully alien in some spots, like you’re walking around in a movie set. The same is true for all of the other parts of the gardens. The libraries and galleries will also occupy a couple hours. This isn’t a small time thing, there are high profile artists featured in these exhibits: Degas, Gainsborough, Turner, Warhol, Cassatt, just to name a couple. The library itself has all sorts of cool, rare but foundational works: Shakespeare, Chaucer, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Twain, Thoreau, and on and on. The food here is also pretty quality and decently priced so they have made it very easy for you to arrive early, rest with some tea, peruse some more, do a lunch on a patio overlooking the palm garden, then some more walking, a snack overlooking the Chinese gardens and then have more left over for another visit.
We accidentally went to this place when trying to go to a different place so we thought why not go in? It turns out that this was the best decision that we made for that day because discovery of the gardens was incredibly beautiful and just exactly what we needed for a day off. The price is well worth it and the amount of gardens that they actually have will take you quite a good portion of the day to be able to go all the way through. Each part of the garden is sectioned off to its geographical region and each one is incredibly beautiful in its own way. The desert gardens were much more impressive than we thought it would be, the cacti were like towers. This place is a MUST visit!
Huntington library deserves every superlative. It’s a beautiful, unexpected oasis. At arrival, one wonders where to park as there seem to be very few parking spaces. As it turns out, there is a huge parking lot, nestled among beautiful fragrant flowering bushes and trees. Its one of the most beautiful parking lots I’ve ever visited. Not even at the entrance, and I’ve already loved this place. And it only gets better. If you are visiting, allow yourself at least 2-3 hours to enjoy the grounds. 2-3 hours is barely enough time to take in the entire place, but it’s a good start. If you have opportunity to visit more than once and have at least two adults and 1-2 kids, it’s worth getting a membership. This is a place you’ll want to visit over and over. Bring a hat, some shades and wear good walking shoes. So happy that such a place exists.
The garden is wonderful, especially the Chinese and Japanese gardens. Most things are clearly labelled which makes it more interesting. Allow about 2 - 3 hours, as there is so much to see. We went on a really hot day, so take water and an umbrella for shade rather than a sunhat. You could take a picnic or eat in various places inside and make a day of it. The car parking is easy and has large capacity. An adult is $28. Students and seniors over 65 are $21. The paths are wide and I'm sure you could see most of it with a wheelchair but check the website.
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