Take millions of historically significant manuscripts and roomfuls of influential and acclaimed art from the 17th to 19th centuries, housed amidst 207 acres of some of the world's most unique plant life, and you have The Huntington Library. Literature lovers will admire the library's collection, which includes one of Shakespeare's first folios, the first seven drafts of Henry David Thoreau's Walden, the first draft of Benjamin Franklin's autobiography, and an Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. The art collections display pieces from Britain, France, and America and include Thomas Gainsborough's Blue Boy and Frederic Edwin Church's Chimborazo, and the illustrious Harriet Hosmer sculpture Zenobia in Chains.
After reveling in the manuscripts and gazing at the art, walking through the botanical gardens will feel like you've meandered into a museum of flora and fauna. The gardens are themed and designed to authentically simulate landscapes from around the world. Each garden is elaborately planned and maintained with such care that when walking through the Japanese garden, for example, you will feel as though you've been transported directly to the serene grounds of that country. If you haven't yet had your literary fill, walk through the Shakespearean garden, which contains flowers referenced in Shakespeare's works. All of the gardens offer individual experiences and a wealth of diverse vegetation.
The Huntington Library, the first public art gallery in the region, amasses beautiful art in various forms to be enjoyed under the warmth of the California sun.
- Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 12pm to 4:30pm
- Tuesday: Closed
- Saturday and Sunday: 10:30am to 4:30pm
- Summer Hours (May 25-September 7): 10:30am to 4:30pm daily
- Adults: $15 on weekdays, $20 on weekends
- Seniors (65+): $12 on weekdays, $15 on weekends
- Students (12-18 or full-time student with ID): $10 on weekdays and weekends
- Youth (5-11): $6 on weekdays and weekends
- Children under 5: Free
- Groups of 15 or more: $11 per person on weekdays, $14 per person on weekends
- Admission is free the first Thursday of every month, but you must get tickets in advance.
- Location: 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA
- Phone: 626-405-2100
- Website: www.huntington.org