Museums >The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA | Directions 9110834.129462 -118.109872
Neighborhoods: San Gabriel
This place is amazing. Come for the day and research or walk around the gardens or look at art. I like to find reasons to escape to here. The drive is wretched from where I live, but worth it for a day out.
A couple girlfriends and I attended the Tea house. It was quite pricey for a buffet-style tea and hordes of rude people thinking their attending a tea! The food was just ok. Love the grounds and artifacts. Would have attended that alone without having to pay for a tea that really wasn't a tea! Especially the price. If it were an actual tea - I wouldn't have mind of the price. Paying close to $60.00 for a buffet tea?!
Not a good time!
Gardens Need Gardeners – Just went January 14, 2012. I've visited the library and gardens every 2-3 years for the past 28 years. Honestly, the gardens look horrible. Don't know if money is an issue but the grass is dead, full of crabgrass, trees are overgrown, plants are dead, debris everywhere. There are a few Home Depot looking flowers planted in small sections, but overall the gardens looks dirty, old, and abandoned. I know there were windstorms recently but not even the major walkways are cleared and cleaned just for appearances sake. Don't go if you want to see the Japanese and Chinese gardens because they are renovating that section and it's closed. Library, paintings, sculptures, furniture, books and everything inside the buildings are beautiful. Outside it looks like the grounds of a haunted mansion.
Beautiful gardens, amazing library collection – This place is truly fantastic.
The gardens are lovely and range from English to Oriental. They've got rare kinds of cacti and succulents in the Desert Garden. The Lily Ponds are picturesque and there's the cute Chinese Garden Tea House with a decent menu.
The library is wonderful-- and possibly overlooked by many guests who prefer the art exhibits. First editions Chaucer (The Canterbury Tales), Milton (Paradise Lost), Frederick Douglass (Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass), the Gutenberg Bible, etc....
The art exhibits are very nice, although sometimes they can get crowded on weekends. Make sure to check out Gainsborough's "Blue Boy" and Lawrence's "Pinkie" (which happen to face each other from two opposite sides of a room). There are quite a few American pieces (sculptures, paintings, furniture) on display, so it's not all European art in the exhibits.
The parking is free. The entrance fee for students is $10. Not too bad considering we're helping to keep this place open. What an awesome legacy Henry E. Huntington left behind.
Wake up and smell the Magnolias – They have a FREE day on the first Thursday of the month, but you have to get reservations the previous month which start being distributed on the first day of the month at 9am. They usually distribute quickly so you have to be on time. Then they will mail you the tickets. All for FREE. Parking is FREE too. You can get up to 5 tickets (children don't need one)
I take my 2 year old almost every month (sometimes I don't luck out). We usually go see the Japanese Garden and he loves to look at the fish and ducks. Then we make our way to the Children's Garden. Kind of hard to find. It is behind the Rain Forest Building (you can go through it). Bring swimsuit for kids and shoes that can get wet. They have small water fountains that the kids can play with. He also loves the rainbow tunnel and the musical rocks.
Go for the gardens, stay for the tea – From the chinese watercolor class to fall's Drama After Dark, the Huntington Library is special. The tea room is lovely, but I recommend staying in the room towards the back that faces the herb garden. The front room gets a bit loud at the rose garden tea house.
Beautiful and Relaxing! – The Huntington Library is a beautiful place to visit when you're in the mood for some great scenery and don't want to go far from home. The Gardens are nestled in a San Marino neighborhood, and whether you decide to stroll the gardens, check out the art in the library, or have some tea - you will not be disappointed!
excellent tea, beautiful sites – They just opened a new Chinese garden that is spectacular. Their tea continues to go up in price a bit but it is still very worth it. Definitely book in advanced if you're planning on having the tea.
Beautiful gardens all year round – Beautiful gardens and art collection, take a stroll down the rose garden or the japanese garden, you will find a lot of lovely places to explore and quite niches to just sit and enjoy the serenity of the surroundings. Also try the Rose cafe and tea room, it's about $25 for tea, sandwiches and desert, reservations are recommended....Bring a camera!
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