The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, San Marino

#10 of 459 in Historic Sites in California
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See The Huntington Library, Art Museum 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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  • I'm from British Columbia, which if you didn't know is home to some of the most famous public gardens in the world; the Butchart Gardens and Queen Elizabeth Park. So I grew up with this stuff and...  more »
  • For Father’s Day we visited the Huntington Gardens with our daughter and her husband. It had been 20 years since our last visit and the gardens are even more impressive than I remembered. The...  more »
  • What a fantastic gem to visit in the San Gabriel Valley because this place has a lot of history. Henry and Arabella Huntington left a legacy for future generations to enjoy and I'm truly grateful for all the artwork and the beautiful gardens. When you decide to visit, it's almost like you're stepping through a time machine because you get a glimpse of how the past was like based on certain individuals and the way they decide to portray their memories in their artwork is phenomenal. I honestly come here primarily for the artwork and analyzing as much details as I can based off of an educator point of view. Don't let the steep price deter you from visiting but if you must know, they provide free tickets on the first day of the month. Just know that you have to get tickets a month in advance for the following month on their website.
  • One of the best places in LA! Always feel relaxed and peaceful after spending a day walking around the gardens. If you need an escape to nature that is not one of LA's crowded hiking trails, highly recommend. Membership is also a great deal if you're local.

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