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Huntington Library Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

(47 Reviews)

1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108

(626) 405-2100

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A popular tourist stop, this 207 acre complex houses a library, art collection and stunning gardens. The library and art gallery contain rare books and one of the most complete collections of 18th century art outside of London.
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Neighborhood
San Marino
Categories
Botanical Gardens, Art Museums
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Parking: Lot

Wi-Fi: No

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Gorgeous acres of gardens. They offer a children's garden and many restaurants to choose from as well. Impressive art collections too! My family has enjoyed a membership here for years and we visit at least 6 times a year. Fun place to bring friends and visiting family members.

Matthew R.

08/26/2015

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This is one of my favorite places in Los Angeles. I love getting lost in the gardens which is pretty easy to do. The Chinese gardens, added in 2012, have grown in beautifully. The new entrance which opened this year, (2015), is a lot more grand than before. The art and library collections are still pretty great, but for me, it's all about the gardens. The new restaurant, which just opened near the entrance, has a huge patio which is perfect for eating while taking in the view.

Tami F.

05/28/2013

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We really wanted to attend just the Tea House but, we ended up going thru the gardens and art collections, which were beautiful. The Tea House I don't recommend at all. Not a true tea. But, if you're looking for a buffet-style tea and hordes of rude people.... this is the place for you!

The grounds and artifacts were beautiful.

RealCritic1

01/17/2012

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Gardens Need Gardeners

Just went January 14, 2012. I've visited the library and gardens every 2-3 years for the past 28 years. Honestly, the gardens look horrible. Don't know if money is an issue but the grass is dead, full of crabgrass, trees are overgrown, plants are dead, debris everywhere. There are a few Home Depot looking flowers planted in small sections, but overall the gardens looks dirty, old, and abandoned. I know there were windstorms recently but not even the major walkways are cleared and cleaned just for appearances sake. Don't go if you want to see the Japanese and Chinese gardens because they are renovating that section and it's closed. Library, paintings, sculptures, furniture, books and everything inside the buildings are beautiful. Outside it looks like the grounds of a haunted mansion.

k2of9

08/18/2011

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Resturant

I went on a free day wih my bf. The garden is beautiful and so is the art museums they have. My only trouble was when I went to the tea room/cafe the cashier wouldn't take any orders or act there was any customers. The prices were expeience already but someone bring that mean while you are trying to order fries just made me rly upset.

uscfan55

07/13/2011

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Beautiful gardens, amazing library collection

This place is truly fantastic.

The gardens are lovely and range from English to Oriental. They've got rare kinds of cacti and succulents in the Desert Garden. The Lily Ponds are picturesque and there's the cute Chinese Garden Tea House with a decent menu.

The library is wonderful-- and possibly overlooked by many guests who prefer the art exhibits. First editions Chaucer (The Canterbury Tales), Milton (Paradise Lost), Frederick Douglass (Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass), the Gutenberg Bible, etc....

The art exhibits are very nice, although sometimes they can get crowded on weekends. Make sure to check out Gainsborough's ""Blue Boy"" and Lawrence's ""Pinkie"" (which happen to face each other from two opposite sides of a room). There are quite a few American pieces (sculptures, paintings, furniture) on display, so it's not all European art in the exhibits.

The parking is free. The entrance fee for students is $10. Not too bad considering we're helping to keep this place open. What an awesome legacy Henry E. Huntington left behind.

Jacek D.

10/15/2010

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I LOVE IT HERE!

This place is so beautiful - no matter what time of the year, no matter if mornings or evenings, no matter if weekends or weekdays - you will always find something beautiful, astonishing and simply breathtaking in this oasis of peace.

Greg I.

08/01/2010

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Amazing place for kids

Truly an amazing place for the family to spend a few hours. I didn't go to the museum or library, but walking the grounds in spectacular from the Desert Garden to Japanese Garden to Lily Pond, you won't be disappointed. Definitely bring good walking shoes and lots of snacks/water for the kids b/c the property is fairly large. Some of the signage isn't that great so be sure to get a map at the front desk.

socalpocketmemories

07/11/2010

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Wake up and smell the Magnolias

They have a FREE day on the first Thursday of the month, but you have to get reservations the previous month which start being distributed on the first day of the month at 9am. They usually distribute quickly so you have to be on time. Then they will mail you the tickets. All for FREE. Parking is FREE too. You can get up to 5 tickets (children don't need one)

I take my 2 year old almost every month (sometimes I don't luck out). We usually go see the Japanese Garden and he loves to look at the fish and ducks. Then we make our way to the Children's Garden. Kind of hard to find. It is behind the Rain Forest Building (you can go through it). Bring swimsuit for kids and shoes that can get wet. They have small water fountains that the kids can play with. He also loves the rainbow tunnel and the musical rocks.

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LaMaria

12/01/2009

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Go for the gardens, stay for the tea

From the chinese watercolor class to fall's Drama After Dark, the Huntington Library is special. The tea room is lovely, but I recommend staying in the room towards the back that faces the herb garden. The front room gets a bit loud at the rose garden tea house.

pamerino

11/20/2009

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High Tea

High tea overlooking the rose garden, fabulous! A great place if you like tea and scones. After, walk off all that food in the new Chinese garden and reopened main gallery. A wonderful Saturday afternoon.

MSal

01/06/2009

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Beautiful and Relaxing!

The Huntington Library is a beautiful place to visit when you're in the mood for some great scenery and don't want to go far from home. The Gardens are nestled in a San Marino neighborhood, and whether you decide to stroll the gardens, check out the art in the library, or have some tea - you will not be disappointed!

BethDPT

07/09/2008

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excellent tea, beautiful sites

They just opened a new Chinese garden that is spectacular. Their tea continues to go up in price a bit but it is still very worth it. Definitely book in advanced if you're planning on having the tea.

80sGalPal

06/12/2008

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Beautiful gardens all year round

Beautiful gardens and art collection, take a stroll down the rose garden or the japanese garden, you will find a lot of lovely places to explore and quite niches to just sit and enjoy the serenity of the surroundings. Also try the Rose cafe and tea room, it's about $25 for tea, sandwiches and desert, reservations are recommended....Bring a camera!

wam08

06/02/2008

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Beautiful and Expansive with something for everyone

This is probably th most impressive garden (or well group of gardens) I have ever been to. The grounds are huge (120,000 accessible acres) and are well taken care of. The have a wide arrange of gorgeous gardens my favorites being the Japenese and desert cactus gardens. The mansion with the art gallery is also very impressive, I was almost more interested in the house than the art. They also had a great bookstore with a selection of books and items I hadn't seen elsewhere. The cafe and tea room are a little pricey, so maybe eat before you some. The membership is a great deal, so check that out if youa re interested in visiting multiple times.

tealover7

01/28/2008

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A place the refresh

What lovely memories my dear friends and I have enjoyed in the tea house at the Huntington. The caring staff is superb, over my many visits to the tea house, I have cherished my friends, shared a last tea party with my dear son, and celebrated my daughters birthday. A more delightful place, I know not of.
This is a place to refresh and absorb, in early spring the camilia forest is not to be missed.

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