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The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
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US$84,00*
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: A popular tourist stop, this 207 acre complex houses a library, art collection and stunning gardens. The library and art gallery contain rare books and one of the most complete collections of 18th century art outside of London.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children
Reviewed 7 May 2009

This is worthy of an all-day visit. The collection of Art and old books is fabulous! But to me, the gardens are the high point of Huntington. I think its the largest, most comprehensive botanical I've ever visited. The gardens are in themes: Japanese, Camellia, Rose, Shakespeare, Herb, Tropical, and so forth. Ponds brimming with beautiful Koi, arched bridges, shade & sun, desert or jungle plants, its all here!! I liked especially the Sculpture Garden with its life size statuary of god, warriors, mythical beasts. I go to Huntington at least once a year, there is always something new.

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Reviewed 7 March 2009

One day is not enough. Whether you have any botanical background or not, it is an amazing place. During the week it is only open from noon until 4:30, but on the weekends it is open from 10am to 4:30. Different times of the year bring different exciting exhibits. The volunteers are helpful and will answer any questions you have. I just can't speak high enough of Huntington's!

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Reviewed 30 December 2008

This is a popular stop for a good reason. The grounds are lovely, and the exhibits are interesting. We really enjoyed our day there.

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Reviewed 7 December 2008

We visit South Pasadena a couple of times a year, and this is our favorite place to take our grandgirl and to go just by ourselves. There is a children's garden she enjoys; we enjoy the art. The Japanese Garden is world class; the new Chinese Garden is as well, though the plantings are not yet mature. We take care of quite a bit of Christmas shopping at the gift shop--excellent quality, variety. One trip there is not enough for us: get a membership if you are going to be in or near San Marino for a few weeks. The docents are knowledgeable; ask questions.

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Reviewed 29 November 2008

...there is a lot to see here and you'll miss much if you just take a tram tour.

This multiple attraction contains both gardens and museums, the latter focusing on British Art (the famous "Blue Boy" lives here). The gardens are absolutely wonderful, the highlights being the exquisite Japanese garden and spectacular collection of cacti and desert plants.

You probably will not be able to take it in in a single visit. This is, or should be, one of the top attractions in the LA area.

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