The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino

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See The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, an 84 hectare (207 acre) complex, housing 17th to mid-20th century European and American pieces. The library keeps over 7 million items, among which are the first two quartos of "Hamlet" and the "Gutenberg Bible." The library also showcases scientific achievements from Newton to Einstein. See 18th and 19th century British and French paintings, sculptures and decorative arts, and American paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, and photographs from the 1690s to the 1950s. In a 50 hectares (120 acres) area, visit multiple themed gardens, such as Chinese and Japanese, with lakes and tea shops, a tropical jungle, a garden with over 1,400 types of roses, and a children's garden. Discover how to plan a San Marino trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • Thia is a wonderful collection of art, decorative arts, library, and gardens in a beautiful setting. We enjoyed a leisurely lunch on the patio looking at the gorgeous gardens. Gardens included desert,...  more »
  • Very beautiful place, rich in teaching: manuscripts in the library, scientific teaching and beautiful gardens from all walks of life that only ask to be discovered. Very nice place in Pasadena, reachable by bus if we have time.
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  • In my opinion, this is the best time of year to go. The majority of the plants there are blooming. The desert garden was full of vibrant highlighter-toned colors. all of the wisteria is blooming also. Smells amazing! The orange trees are also blooming. Parking was not difficult and it was included in the cost of the admission ticket, which was about $25 for one person. I didn’t have a chance to go inside to look at the library’s exhibits but I plan on doing that at on a future visit. I nearly got 10,000 steps walking around leisurely in three hours. Make sure you wear a good pair of tennis shoes and bring your camera phone! you won’t be disappointed! Highly recommended.
  • So beautiful. The gardens were such a pleasure to walk through. Can't wait until they are done restoring the Blue Boy painting. We also loved the Rose Garden Tea Room. My husband and I had so much fun when we went. He wants to go again for his birthday in June.
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