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Huntington Library
Huntington Library

Huntington Library

9.6125 reviews
Sights and Museums, Outdoors, Library, Garden
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1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108
(626) 405-2100
http://www.huntington.org/
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The Huntington, the former home of a railroad tycoon, is many things—an extensive library filled with rare books, a large art collection containing numerous European prints and paintings, botanical ... Read more
gardens of almost unmatched splendor and a forum for regular lectures and other activities. You will also find a fine bookstore, cafe and tea room on the grounds. Come and wander through the 150 acres of colorful gardens, lily ponds and beautiful sculptures. The rare books and manuscripts in the library include some of the earliest editions of Shakespeare's works, a copy of the Gutenberg Bible on vellum and the Ellesmere manuscript of one or more of Chaucer's greatest works.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

One of the top attractions in all of Southern California for locals and tourists alike along with The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory.
The Huntington is the most impressive botanical garden I have ever visited. This massive, 120-acre plot of land contains the world's largest collection of desert plants (agaves, aloes, yucca, and cacti specifically).

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Local from Walnut, California

Love to come here once a month and discover their storage in art and books. Every time I had received a peaceful mind after seeing those cactus garden and Chinese Garden.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

The Huntington Library and Gardens is a beautiful place to go visit when the weather is good (which is usually is). There's an amazing diversity of outdoor gardens encompassing different styles (herb gardens, rose gardens, Japanese gardens, etc) and different ecologies (desert gardens, tropical greenhouses, etc). That's just the outdoors parts that I'm most familiar with. There's dining options including the perpetually booked up tea room and indoor art galleries too. A lot to explore and well worth the cost of admission (or even membership if you plan to go often)

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

They have so much to offer it's hard to take it in one day. They have amazing gardens and huge open spaces. Expect to do a lot of walking.

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Local from Los Angeles, California

Beautiful scenic backdrops designed from across the world. Great place to take photos and experience the design and culture of the arts. So much history and architecture that you could spend all day reading and learning the place. Picture perfect backdrops and backgrounds. Lots of art to keep you busy.

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Local from Los Angeles

A beautiful garden, amazing art and historical collection, The only downside is that it is very popular

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

It's so beautiful!! I enjoyed all the gardens there and the art as well. The Chinese band Japanese garden are definitely my favorite. You will need more then one day to explore. Plus the historical documents they have in the library is pretty cool as well.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

This beautiful outdoor garden is a great way to take advantage of the sunny L.A weather and to explore different flora from around the world. There's a beautiful little lake in the middle and it's quite large so you could easily spend hours here in order to see the whole thing. For the art enthusiasts there are tons of art galleries on site as well. Really beautiful and a wonderful way to spend the day.

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Local from Los Angeles, California

Incredible gardens and art museum in the Huntington mansion, along with a magnificent library collection.

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I love the Huntington library. Very big and you can sit on the big grassy areas and picnic, or check out paintings and gardens. One problem EXPENSIVE. For teens it's 21 dollars to get in. I think that's a lot for young people

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Oceanside, California, USA

I was so impressed with the tremendous gardens, museums and educational opportunities at Huntington. From the serene Japanese Garden to the whimsical Children's space, the gardens are a complete delight. It's easy to spend a day here strolling through the flowers, checking out the exhibits and catching a quick bite at the cafe.

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Local from West Los Angeles, California, USA

Chinese garde, Japanese garden, water garden for kids, Australian garden, private collections, food on site. Always a treat.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Absolutely beautiful. Huge place to stroll around. It's pretty much a theme park for older people. So sad you can't have a picnic inside :(

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San Diego, California

Oh how I love this library! The grounds are so beautiful, especially the Japanese Garden and the cacti collection. Indoors you will find such treasures as a Gutenberg Bible, handwritten letters from presidents, and paintings like "Blue Boy." It is a real treat to have tea in the rose garden, but you must make reservations for that.

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Local from Glendora

The art collection itself was amazing. That added with the gardens outside was just beautiful. There were different types of gardens there. From Australian to some sort of oriental garden. All of them were just amazing.

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One of the most beautiful public gardens with a great permanent art collection and wonderful traveling exhibits.

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Local from Torrance, California

Beautiful place to spend the day on your own or with the family! Lush gardens - each with a different theme and style - can keep you intrigued for hours. Bring a book or drawing pad if you'd like a quiet place to relax or just meditate. Plenty of wide open space for children to run freely, along with an entertaining children's garden. Lovely restaurant and tea house for lunch or just a snack.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

One of the best garden to visit if you're in town! You will spend at least 2-3hours here so make some time and don't rush yourself. Bring a book or something to knitt if you're planning on lounging at the garden or at the tea room.

My favorite out of all the gardens are the Japanese garden(wooden bridge), herb garden and the green house with the fly eating plants! The garden also has a museum exhibit, tea shops, pricey cafe, gift shop and a library. We saw a lot of squirrels and one hawk. Theres a fun park for kids to enjoy too.

Great for family outing, lounging, dates and photoshoots.

Tip: Bring a student ID for a discount. Or take advantage of the free Thursdays (during workdays).

Parking is free.

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Local from Los Angeles, California

A railroad baron's mansion with art and rare book collection and an amazing botanical garden. A true gem in southern California and well work a visit.

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Local from Burbank, California

The art gallery has the original of Blue Boy and Pinky.
Great Chinese and Japanese gardens. Bring a picnic lunch
and spread out under a nice shade tree or eat at the restaurant.
Pleasant way to spend some time with friends and family.

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