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The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

Museum, Library, and Garden
San Marino
  • It might be Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but it looks like this place is open!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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....
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Alexis
    AlexisNovember 22, 2012
    Great place to get away and take in nature! Check out more great things to do and see at
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  • Krista S.
    Krista SAugust 19, 2014
    Beautiful place. Check out the Japanese and botanical gardens!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 ❤️
  • Oyko
    OykoOctober 18, 2016
    Beautiful green area to spend time, must visit Japanese garden first!
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BAugust 29, 2016
    Amazingly beautiful place. Definitely check out the bonsai trees there's a bunch
  • Chris L.
    Chris L3 weeks ago
    Deserves a solid afternoon here. Don't miss the peaceful Japanese Garden and art collections.
  • 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.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyOctober 9, 2014
    Named Best Afternoon Tea Los Angeles 2014 in our 2014 Best of LA issue! Read more
  • Jon L.
    Jon LMarch 23, 2016
    The grounds are so large that it's nearly impossible to see everything in a single day.
  • Storage S.
    Put in your hiking shoes & take a stroll in the Botanical Gardens. Don't forget your camera.
  • 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!
  • The Standard
    The StandardFebruary 3, 2011
    LA (See) Just a short drive from downtown, visit these beautiful Botanical Gardens all year round.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesJuly 14, 2011
    Spend a long afternoon w/ a book & cup of tea in the gardens of @TheHuntington @VisitPasadenaCA -
  • 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
  • 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
  • Marc P.
    Marc PhillipsOctober 20, 2012
    One of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. A great way to spend an afternoon.
  • Lenore E.
    Lenore EttingerJanuary 18, 2015
    Beautiful gardens and art galleries. Outside food not allowed.
  • JewelMint
    JewelMintMarch 23, 2011
    I love coming to this picture perfect garden to stroll around and take in the natural beauty. - Kate Bosworth
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