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The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

Museum, Library, and Garden
San Marino
  • ELS Language Centers
    "Gardens feature a cactus collection & Zen & Japanese gardens."(7 Tips)
    Stefan G.
    "Go to the Chinese Garden for an awesome lunch !!!"(7 Tips)
    Joseph K.
    "Make time for Everything: Library, Museum & Botanical Gardens."(7 Tips)
    Photo Editing C.
    "... garden, flowers in a free admission."(3 Tips)
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  • Kimberly Q.
    Kimberly QJuly 24, 2015
    LOVE LOVE THIS PLACE!! Feels like you're being transported into a whole different country. Not super crowded I feel like it's almost a little hidden gem in LA.So excited to come back and explore more!
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KAugust 30, 2014
    Make time for Everything: Library, Museum & Botanical Gardens. Check Online or Tips for free admission "donation"/ parking. Advanced reservations for the Tea Room. Sack lunches/ picnics are cool too!
  • Vanity Fair Agenda
    Vanity Fair AgendaJanuary 30, 2012
    A Los Angeles gem and a “must do” for any visitor or local. Plan to spend at least half a day here exploring the various gardens (where many movies have been filmed) and the historic mansion.
  • Carmen
    CarmenOctober 18, 2016
    My favorite: The Chinese garden; 2nd: European art gallery with paintings by Monet, Van Gogh, etc.. 3rd place, the Japanese garden and the scones at the café :) allow 4 hrs minimum
  • Chris A.
    Chris AldrichJanuary 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Not only is the library here simply fantastic, but the grounds are so magical that seemingly every third movie you see has scenes shot on their grounds. Thousands of great places to read here!
  • laurie h.
    laurie hickeyAugust 2, 2013
    Beautiful! Took my mother who hates to pay for anything and said it was best $20 she ever spent! That is saying a lot! Suggest to go spring and fall. Summer was brutally hot so don't go then!
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesAugust 2, 2013
    Free admission on the first Thursday of every month with advance tickets, which can be reserved online or by phone.
    Upvoted Aug 15
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesAugust 1, 2013
    The Palm Garden at The Huntington Library remains relatively unknown. Here, you'll walk in the presence of over 200 species of palms, one of the largest collections on public display in California.
  • ELS Language Centers
    Home of a 19th century railroad tycoon features collection of English portraits, French furniture & rare books. Gardens feature a cactus collection & Zen & Japanese gardens.
  • Candice H.
    Candice HardingJuly 22, 2014
    Become a member and enter all year free with a guest. Try out the High Tea Room for lunch while you are there. Reservations for High Tea are a must in advance.
  • Danielle N. K.
    Danielle N. KramerMarch 8, 2011
    The botanical gardens are expansive with incredibly diverse specimens and great attention to color and composition throughout the landscape. Library's "Beautiful Science" exhibition is a new favorite.
  • NICK M.
    NICK MYRSOctober 26, 2010
    Definitely come here on their Free Days! (First Thursday of each month) Free tickets are free (up to 5) and can be requested by calling their ticketing agency at 800-838-3006 or also reserve online.
  • Zile D.
    Zile DzenitisJanuary 14, 2016
    Plan to spend the whole day there; so much variety. You'll want the time to soak up each garden and art and drink!
  • Photo Editing C.
    Photo Editing CompanyJanuary 8, 2016
    Viist The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens and view the great collection, garden, flowers in a free admission.
  • Steve B.
    Steve BellamyJanuary 14, 2016
    Get a membership, because you have to come here multiple times to see everything - the gardens, the museum, the exhibitions....
  • Jody B.
    Jody BMarch 15, 2010
    Be sure to get reservations to the Tea Room. If you can't get them, then show up at 10:45 AM, they can usually get you a table. Delicious Tea and a Fantastic Buffet of Snacks and Salads. Yum
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJuly 5, 2011
    Did you know? The Library collections include a Gutenberg Bible, letters and documents by George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, and a first edition of William Shakespeare’s plays published in 1623. Read more
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonMarch 12, 2015
    The library's botanical gardens feature more than 200 species of palm trees - one of the largest collections in California.
  • Martin D. C.
    Martin D. CiaoMarch 4, 2016
    The Japanese Garden is the highlight. You really feel like you've been transported to somewhere else. New Chinese Garden coming soon.
  • Francine B.
    The Getty on steroids! No other garden will compare once you've been here but their "upgrading" is taking away the charm of the eateries.
  • Biola University
    Biola UniversitySeptember 14, 2011
    Featuring a museum, beautiful sprawling gardens and some of SoCal's best contemplative spaces, the Huntington is a must-see!
  • Mark A.
    Mark AttewMay 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best in Spring and Fall. Summer gets a bit too hot and in Winter, everything's hibernating and they use the chance to close things down and do work for Spring.
  • Alexis
    AlexisNovember 22, 2012
    Great place to get away and take in nature! Check out more great things to do and see at
  • Krista S.
    Krista SAugust 19, 2014
    Beautiful place. Check out the Japanese and botanical gardens!
  • Juston P.
    Juston PayneJanuary 8, 2012
    The whole place is spectacular, but I'm particularly partial to the cactus garden, which looks like it's a set from a low-budget sci-fi movie.
  • Paul
    PaulFebruary 28, 2015
    Beautiful grounds and amazing collections. Go early, you can't see it all in one day!
  • Prashant P.
    Prashant PatelFebruary 12, 2014
    The Chinese garden (pictured) and the Japanese garden (really cool Bonsai) are musts!
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesOctober 13, 2010
    The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is one of the largest and most complete research libraries in the United States and includes a copy of the Gutenberg Bible
  • Rhea B.
    Rhea BorjaMay 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The cactus gardens are in bloom right now. Check out the winding path above the sub-tropical gardens and follow the waterfall.
  • Vanessa C.
    Vanessa CastanedaAugust 29, 2011
    The Children's garden is wonderful. Be sure to bring a change of clothes with you as they will get wet.
  • JNET
    JNETJune 6, 2016
    Buy a membership. It's tax deductible and you will return often as well as renew your membership. YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE ❤️
  • Chris L.
    Chris LDecember 19, 2016
    Deserves a solid afternoon here. Don't miss the peaceful Japanese Garden and art collections.
  • Oyko
    OykoOctober 18, 2016
    Beautiful green area to spend time, must visit Japanese garden first!
  • Chris C.
    Chris CortezJanuary 27, 2010
    The Huntington Library is a museum exhibition and botanical garden space located on a large expanse in S. Pasadena. Exhibitions rotate in buildings on the premises; the gardens are breathtaking! Read more
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BAugust 29, 2016
    Amazingly beautiful place. Definitely check out the bonsai trees there's a bunch
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyOctober 9, 2014
    Named Best Afternoon Tea Los Angeles 2014 in our 2014 Best of LA issue! Read more
  • Storage S.
    Put in your hiking shoes & take a stroll in the Botanical Gardens. Don't forget your camera.
  • Jon L.
    Jon LMarch 23, 2016
    The grounds are so large that it's nearly impossible to see everything in a single day.
  • Dave N.
    Dave NickersonJanuary 13, 2016
    Avoid the Library for the moment if you have respect for art. Alex Israel's work is at once egotistical and an affront to art.
  • The Standard
    The StandardFebruary 3, 2011
    LA (See) Just a short drive from downtown, visit these beautiful Botanical Gardens all year round.
  • Kalika Y.
    Kalika YapNovember 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you have toddlers and young kids bring your rain boots and towels and head to the children's garden!
  • Alex P.
    Alex PyatetskyNovember 22, 2015
    Came here for the last 40 minutes of it being open and it was worth every penny. Brutally lovely.
  • Adam V.
    Adam VerharstMarch 16, 2013
    Amazing tour if you can take a full tour
  • Lenore E.
    Lenore EttingerJanuary 18, 2015
    Beautiful gardens and art galleries. Outside food not allowed.
  • Marc P.
    Marc PhillipsOctober 20, 2012
    One of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. A great way to spend an afternoon.
  • Westfield S.
    Westfield Santa AnitaFebruary 7, 2014
    Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Westfield Santa Anita on 2/15/2014! May you enjoy good health, good luck and much happiness throughout the Year of the Horse. Read more
  • Kelley L.
    Kelley L.February 1, 2015
    Bring your student ID to save $10 off adult admission price!
  • Lorrie A.
    Lorrie AnnApril 27, 2010
    When visiting around the lunch hour, make your reservations to enjoy English style tea at the The Rose Garden Tea Room Read more
  • Jodi F.
    Jodi FlickerJune 7, 2011
    Did you know that one of TV’s funniest and most successful comedies, THE BIG BANG THEORY, is set in Pasadena? Give it up for the hometown heroes when it’s Emmy voting time!
  • Stefan G.
    Stefan GnessinJuly 22, 2013
    Japanese garden is awesome. Go to the Chinese Garden for an awesome lunch !!!
  • JewelMint
    JewelMintMarch 23, 2011
    I love coming to this picture perfect garden to stroll around and take in the natural beauty. - Kate Bosworth
  • Paulina R.
    Paulina R. AlvaradoSeptember 22, 2015
    Love it. Every time I go, it feels as if I'm there for the first time.
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesJuly 14, 2011
    Spend a long afternoon w/ a book & cup of tea in the gardens of @TheHuntington @VisitPasadenaCA -
  • Sharon L.
    Sharon LeeAugust 4
    Been here 25+ times
    Beautiful gardens. Wonderful museum collection.
  • Su L.
    Su LiuMarch 26, 2010
    Exploring all the gardens and museums inside, $10 a day, that's quite a bargain, especially on an awesomely sunny day! ^__^
  • Tessa C.
    Tessa CaetanoFebruary 19, 2015
    It's absolutely lovely to go alone or on a date
  • Jamie B.
    Jamie BacaniMay 13, 2015
    Hey The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, join Freebie! Read more
  • Shaun W.
    Shaun WilsonApril 6, 2014
    Don't get too close to paintings our you still have security following you the whole time.. other than that I enjoyed the visit.
  • Jana S.
    Jana SanaeAugust 10, 2014
    Beautiful grounds. Great place to photograph hummingbirds
  • Tamar J.
    Tamar JarJuly 7, 2012
    make sure to use sunblock when you go, and don't forget sunglasses and hat.
  • MJ P.
    MJ PestañasMay 25, 2014
    Desert garden should not be overlooked!
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyDecember 1, 2010
    LA Weekly's Best of LA 2010 pick - The Bonsai Courtyard has the Best Itty-Bitty Trees!
  • Katrina Z.
    Katrina ZaiJanuary 28, 2015
    Must see. Beautiful garden.
  • Terri P.
    Terri PorrasJanuary 31, 2015
    High tea and walking the gardens.
  • RobbinsBrothers
    RobbinsBrothersApril 30, 2010
    A gorgeous place to propose! I helped my friend set up a marriage proposal at the "Love Gazebo" and he surprised his fiance with a gorgeous A Jaffe ring - from @RobbinsBrothers.
  • Chris L.
    Chris LAugust 7
    Parent friendly, but you need to bring a parasol when it gets too hot.
  • Tina F.
    Tina FellsJuly 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Must have the chocolate mousse at the grill cafe.
  • Winnie K.
    Winnie KhooApril 1, 2015
    Fave: gardens - Chinese, Japanese
  • Benjamin P.
    Benjamin PhelpsSeptember 3, 2013
    Go for the Gutenberg, stay for the Blue Boy.
  • Laura K.
    Laura KMay 25, 2012
    Take the garden tour with Alan, he's the best!
  • Elizabeth S.
    Elizabeth SchoettgerFebruary 16, 2012
    Check out the camellia garden! Beautiful during the first part of the year!
  • K.
    Get BOGO admission with coupon through March 2010 or go for free once per month. This was Cheap Date Idea #13 on my blog. Read more
  • Robert H.
    Robert HernandezFebruary 1, 2014
    Take a free tour with 'Big' Ed. Learned a ton!
  • Ralph D.
    Ralph DiazAugust 1, 2014
    Chinese garden is amazing!!!
  • Brenda A.
    Brenda AguirreDecember 10, 2015
    Gardens, history, people watching
  • Christian A.
    Christian AndersonMay 27, 2013
    Children's garden is awesome.
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesMarch 28, 2013
    $2.00 off Adult Admission, up to four passes
  • Rocky S.
    Rocky SupingerAugust 9, 2014
    Amazing children's garden
  • DP
    DPFebruary 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Gutenberg Bible- $50,000 paid by Henry Huntington in 1911, the highest price ever paid for a book.
  • Sav P.
    Sav PApril 16, 2016
    The Chinese Garden Restaurant and the gift shop
  • Boney
    BoneyJanuary 19, 2013
    Very nice place to take walks around
  • Dan D.
    Dan DennisonApril 13, 2013
    Remarkable !
  • John L.
    John LisowskiFebruary 18, 2015
    peaceful and beautiful
  • H I.
    H IJanuary 12, 2013
    Call ahead for high tea!
  • Jamie B.
    Jamie BecklandFebruary 25, 2011
    Blue Boy is a mess up close and comes together as you back away.
  • Vince
    VinceAugust 7, 2010
    a perfect place for me to put my DSLR to use...and all my quirky iphone photography apps.
  • Angeline V.
    Angeline VuongSeptember 5, 2011
    Was told by a coworker that this is "like crack for parents." I would have to agree.
  • AnyClip
    AnyClipApril 11, 2011
    This had been the location for the wedding in American Wedding, watch it now! Read more
  • Gene C.
    Gene ChuangAugust 15, 2010
    Groupon special $60 for membership worth the annual admission!
  • Victor C.
    Victor CaballeroJune 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't miss the gardens
  • Susan W.
    Susan WiensApril 28, 2014
    Go soon and often
  • Charity S.
    Charity SanchezApril 20, 2012
    Blown away,
  • Charles S.
    Charles StauntonDecember 31, 2015
    Cactus yeah
  • Mike S.
    Mike SchafferNovember 26, 2010
    Look with your eyes and not with your hands.
  • Bryan P.
    Bryan ParkSeptember 11, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Do the Garden Tour with Big Ed
  • andrew b.
    andrew bartelApril 15, 2009
    become a member for early entry so you can see the chinese garden with no one else there (preferably in the rain).
  • Robin D.
    Robin DoranskiSeptember 19, 2014
    It's under construction right now
  • Noah Y.
    Noah YoungJanuary 18, 2010
    Just relax and enjoy the bonsai trees.
  • Efren Style
    Efren StyleNovember 14, 2010
    Is like whatever! : )
  • Richard N.
    Richard NevinsApril 18, 2009
    Go to the Huntington Library & Gardens and belly-flop into the cacti in the Desert section.
  • Maribel G.
    presioso lugar, la colección de libros es impresionante
  • Leo F.
    Leo FaveroAugust 2, 2016
    Lindos jardins temáticos
  • Zainal A.
    Zainal AjaMarch 21, 2012
    cooling down dulu ah.....
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