Cultural center with galleries & gardens The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens - Tourist attraction in Alhambra, United States

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1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108, United States



+1 626-405-2100

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4.80 (5223 reviews)


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    • Good for kids
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    • Wheelchair-accessible car park
    • Wheelchair-accessible entrance
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    • Identifies as women-owned


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  • 5Brooke P. 9 months ago
    I went on free day and it was so beautiful and relaxing! To reserve up to 5 tickets on their monthly free day just check the website. You have to be fast! Bring water. It gets really hot and finding drinking water in the gardens is surprisingly challenging. Can’t wait to go back, see the gardens in different seasons and explore the museum.

  • 5Catherine C. 2 years ago
    Beautiful day to be here! So much to see! Be sure to bring a face mask! Cafe was partially open - only seating outside. Next time we will consider bringing a blanket and having a picnic. Smart to bring a hat or parasol - especially during the hot summer months. Gift shop had so many great souvenirs and keepsakes in all price ranges. Would definitely be a great place to bring anyone visiting from out of state.

  • 5Bailey Y. 2 years ago
    Great place to be to relax and have a picnic. Plenty of space for social distancing.

  • 5Aisha E. 10 months ago
    I highly recommend people visit this wonderful place. I would recommend 3-5 hours that you'd spend here. We spent about 4 hours and didn't see everything. There are about 8+ gardens with the Japanese garden being my fave. Check the site on which exhibits are closed. They are doing construction. It's so peaceful... I love the sculptures. The food in the Jade Cafe is really good.

  • 5Kristi K. 2 years ago
    Love this place, went on the evening stroll. Not as packed as it used to be. Not able to go inside or see some areas due to covid. Enjoyed this stroll and the fresh air. They do take your temp and ask you normal health questions before you enter. Would totally go back... just not on the hottest weekend of the year.

  • 5Edan D. 2 years ago
    Beautiful, Peaceful...looking forward to doing the evening stroll before Summer is over

  • 5Onorina L. 2 years ago
    Esta hermoso es un lugar relajante es hermoso mirar los jsrdines

  • 5Baltazar A. 2 years ago
    I love this place and there is lots to see take your family and friends :) i know i be stopping by before i move out of ca

  • 5luis s. 2 years ago
    I love this place. Edgar Allen Poe, Blue Boy and Pinky. Good times

  • 5Ashley Diane C. 2 years ago
    The grounds are huge, well maintained, and beautiful. Totally worth the visit, and it's easy to keep social distancing with the limited ticket sales. Buy tickets early and online!

  • 5Bryan B. 2 years ago

  • 5Laura H. 2 years ago
    Mindful limited number of tickets to enjoy a safer low risk excursion during covid19

  • 5Jennifer J. 2 years ago
    A beautiful botanical garden, we went for evening stroll during this COVID-19 and even with the precautions and guidelines, had a lovely time.

  • 5Sean D. 2 years ago
    The gardens are massive, with different areas representing different themes. Our go to places are always the Japanese Garden, Chinese Garden, Rose Garden, and the Desert Garden. There are other locations that are nice, too, but those are our favorites. The museums are also nice to visit, too.

  • 5Shea D. 1 year ago
    This place is beautiful. Even on a day full of rain and cold weather we absolutely loved walking through and exploring everything this place has to offer. Plenty of plant scenery with a nice mixture of architecture, sculptures, and the galleries in between. The shop was fun to walk through and the coffee place had surprisingly delicious hot chocolate! Whether you have a few hours or a good chunk of the day to use you can definitely enjoy spending it here.

  • 5W. 7 months ago
    Huntington Library, is a very nice centrally located attraction that is well worth a visit. It is very quiet and completely different from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can imagine the mood when Henry bought it more than 100 years ago. Looking at the hand-painted maps hanging on the wall in the exhibition hall, imagine the scene of the year for yourself. It's so beautiful. . It is a pity that the main building is not open due to rotating exhibits, which is a pity. I can only visit other small pavilions. I spent 45 minutes in Virginia Steele Scott Galleries, which is very worth seeing. The gardens and botanical gardens here are very beautiful. I like it here very much. There are many people on weekends. If you have time, it is best to go on weekdays, which is quieter. I can really visit here for a day. It is recommended to go early. I arrived around 1 pm, and I feel that 4 hours is definitely not enough.

  • 5Jeff C. 2 years ago
    It is like a pristine other remarkable world surrounded by the oppressive weight of LA.

  • 5Isabelle B. 2 years ago
    Lovely place!

  • 5Tracy K. 2 years ago
    Wonderfully relaxing and so beautiful.

  • 5Eileen W. 1 year ago
    The Huntington Library in the city of San Marino is such a lovely place to visit! Every first Thursday of the month is free of admissions. Reservations must be made in advance. My favorites here are the botanical gardens, such as the Rose, Japanese, Chinese, Shakespeare, and desert gardens. There are indoor museums and cafes as well. Get your cameras ready to snap beautiful pictures.

  • 5Demetria A. 7 months ago
    Absolutely gorgeous gardens. Varied regions like jungle, desert and lily ponds. The Japanese gardens were my favorite. Lunch in the café wasn’t overpriced like most museums can be. Highly recommend. Can easily spend a full day and not see it all.

  • 5ru c. 9 months ago
    This is my favorite place during my LA trip. It's a combination of library, botanical garden, art museum, Japanese garden, Chinese garden, etc... The staff/volunteers are super nice. They are willing to answer your questions. Bill, the staff/volunteer at the Rose Garden is very knowledgeable. Don't forget your student ID if you're a full time student. You get $4 off.

  • 5S E. 1 year ago
    A beautiful place to go! It's also the perfect date spot as well! So many gorgeous flowers and gardens set up and the library itself has historic paintings/sculptures to view as well. If you enjoy art galleries or floral gardens, this is the place to be!

  • 5Kayla L. 1 year ago
    Absolutely breathtaking. Even in the off season the gardens were beautiful and expansive. We were the from open to close and still didn't see it all. This place is a photographer's dream. I will definitely be back!

  • 5Inday Michelle R. 1 year ago
    What a beautiful property! We purchased tickets for a Saturday about a week and a half ahead of time. We purchased for 10AM, which is when they open to non-members. Parking is free, but can fill up quickly. Definitely bring water and snacks, this place is gigantic and can be a trek back to the coffee shop and restaurants. We enjoyed it so much, we became members.

  • 5Courtney E. 1 year ago
    Amazing and expansive. I honestly didn’t expect to spend as much time here as we did, but it’s plenty of walking ! The gardens are beautiful and we really enjoyed the print works exhibit. I just wish the map was more detailed? We (and a few other families) were pretty mixed up as to where we were. The Suzhou style garden/architecture was a highlight for me!

  • 5Chetan R. 1 year ago
    Beautiful gardens and library! Make sure you buy the tickets in advance or reserve if you are a member. Usually it takes a while to park the car. The bonsai court, Japanese and Chinese gardens are awesome. The kids will definitely enjoy the children’s gardens and tropical gardens!

  • 5Sandip H. 1 year ago
    Amazing place to visit with family and friends that park is maintained well and its beautiful. There are 4 to 5 sections in the parks which sets the ambience of each section to a particular country. So section and it's own style of flowers and trees plants. I personally loved the desert park with variety of cactus and thorns plants.

  • 5C. Theodore L. 1 year ago
    What’s not to like? The Conservatory is always peaceful, the rose garden is stunning, the Chinese garden can eat up 2-3 hours easily and is a picture of serenity plus parts of the museum are finally open again and the 18th and 19th century art is captivating. And that’s not to mention the several other gardens among the spacious estate. Plan on going more than once. Worth having a membership.

  • 5Joshua G. 2 years ago
    If you enjoy gardens, art museums, and landscaping, the Huntington is an absolute must see destination for tourists visiting LA. If you live in the area, buying a membership pass gets you unlimited entries throughout the year, and it's totally worth it. A variety of different gardens to visit. Taken at a leisurely pace, there's way more to see here than you could pack into one trip.

  • 5Chris L. 1 year ago
    This is my favorite botanical garden in southern California. It is massive! I really love the bonsai collection and the desert theme garden. The Chinese and Japanese gardens are particular beautiful. Plus there are a plethora of libraries to explore each with unique exhibits and collections. There is plenty of free parking. I missed on the past 3 corpse flower blooms this year, hoping to catch one before we hit 2022!

  • 5Nicole M. 1 year ago
    The best and biggest botanical garden I’ve ever been to. The place is so huge so you will be doing A LOT of walking make sure to bring comfortable shoes! Also bring some sunscreen. There is just so much to see here you will spend hours of exploring. Made an reservation on free day for 12 pm and didn’t leave until closing, I still didn’t get to see everything! The greenhouse, the desert, the jungle, Chinese & Japanese gardens are just so beautifully breathtaking the Huntington really takes care of this special place. I only wish they had a transportation system Bc there is just SO MUCH WALKING. I think I did like 12,000 steps that day 🥵

  • 5Mayur P. 1 year ago
    This is a wonderful botanical garden! I was so surprised at how large it is and all the things there are to see - I would recommend coming here with at least 3 hours of time. Unfortunately I only had about 1.5-2 hours and feel like I missed so much. The Asian gardens were very cool - especially the bonsai trees! The lily ponds were also nice. Do bring a lot of sunscreen or a hat as it can get very hot and sunny in places. I will be back to check out some more of the indoor galleries that I missed on my first visit.

  • 5Ted W. 1 year ago
    We love coming here. It’s a nice getaway from the city, with lots of beautiful green space. I highly recommend checking out the Japanese and Chinese gardens. Exquisite stonework, stunning architecture, and lots of beautiful bonsai plants. Once the tea room reopens we’ll be back. Come for the day, get lunch, have a time.

  • 5Root U. 1 year ago
    What an amazing place this is. You can spend many hours here enjoying the walking paths that meander through the beautiful gardens, lakes, streams, statuary, and other visual creations. When you are ready for more culture, head into the many exhibit halls and enjoy some truly beautiful artwork.

  • 5Anne C. 1 year ago
    I've come to these gardens again and again since I was a child. In high school I rode my bike over and did homework in the Japanese Garden. Now I meet friends for walks, pilgrimages, celebrations, lunches... I find beauty, memories, surprises, peace of mind here. I recommend it highly. Can you tell?

  • 5Yu Hsuan L. 1 year ago
    A very large botanical garden (around 130 acres). Great place for family, couples and friends to visit! View is amazing with great Cali weather 🌞 • Suggested stay time: half - one day • photos are taken in Chinese and Japanese garden ( Takes around 1 hour for these 2 gardens )

  • 5Gus B. 2 years ago
    Price maybe a bit high but worth it. Don't show up late. Charge is same 1 min or 10-5

  • 5Barbara P. 2 years ago
    It's a lovely, serene setting with beautiful flowers, statuary and settings. Perfect for strolling through, as long as you're wearing a mask and social distancing.

  • 5Taneesha W. 2 years ago
    It was nice we were greeted at each stop and provided directions. We enjoyed walking around the grounds and visiting the Japanese Gardens. The exhibits are closes at this time. But still a nice place to picnic and be outdoors with your family or by oneself.

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  • 5K S. 2 years ago
    Extremely beautiful ? definitely recommend ?

  • 5HH P. 2 years ago
    Japanese garden is beautiful

  • 5danielle j. 2 years ago
    one of my favorite places in the world

  • 5Dick W. 2 years ago
    My favorite place to visit in Southern California. Beautiful gardens and terrific museums.

  • 5Denis L. 2 years ago
    Magical escape during the Covid mania. Lose yourself in the beauty and fragrances of nature. All gardens were spectacular with China & Japanese leading the way. Be prepared for a very hot and arid. Cactus Garden. Overall a well needed respite that is my highlight of 2020.

  • 5M. 2 years ago
    Amazing place to visit in all the seasons!

  • 5Kara S. 1 year ago
    The Boone Gallery is my favorite Gallery here! The gardens are wonderful. It definitely has a corporate feel now that it is not owned by the family. I love the succulent varieties here. The Japanese garden is getting a wonderful renovation to the tea house! I really can't wait!

  • 5Kyriss S. 2 years ago
    The Huntington is an amazing place to walk around. Unfortunately some of the cafes and areas are closed due to Covid, but the silver-lining is there are fewer people wandering around with you. Great for photography and teaching kids about plants from around the world. My kiddos also enjoyed seeing squirrels and bunnies along with the massive koi fish in the ponds.

  • 5olga v. 2 years ago
    Amazing little place, so cozy and cute. There a Cafe and store, beautiful. You cod also sit on the bench and watch bird and butterflies and it is all in the middle of the city. You can also walk around the neighborhood very pretty houses.

  • 5C. 2 years ago
    Beautiful, worth several trips. Great photo ops around every corner. Incredible areas covering desert, jungle, roses, herbs... and that's just the outside.

  • 5Fabian R. 2 years ago
    Such a great garden. You can easily get lost there for the day. Forget the map. Just walk. Bring water bottle. Essential with covid right now. Bring some snacks too and just enjoy the day. Bring an audio book or favortie podcast or listen to music. Great place to walk around given the many closures out there. During this time you need to reserve ahead and online though.

  • 5Philip M. 6 months ago
    Excellent. Need to purchase tickets but it's very extensive. Broad collection of British artists. The restored house is also quite s sight. The adjacent museum and gardens are very nice. Three Chinese and Japanese gardens are very nice. Don't miss these two last ones.

  • 5Angela G. 2 years ago
    One of my favorite spots in Pasadena. Due to COVID, there are a lot of new precautions in place. Most paths are one way in the Japanese and Chinese gardens, which generally seems to have the most foot traffic. There are attendants who make sure people are wearing masks. Temperature checks at the entrance and many hand sanitizer spots!

  • 5Aaron L. 6 months ago
    An absolutely beautiful spot to check out for locals and tourists alike. Ticket prices are a bit high, but totally worth it! You gain access to the library, art gallery, and the expansive grounds with many acres of different themed gardens. My personal favourite is the Chinese Garden. You could easily spend an entire day here exploring the grounds, and because they’re so expansive, it never feels crowded, even on a busy summer day. There are also a number of food, drink, and coffee options on-site should you feel hungry. All in all a great experience, highly recommend checking it out!

  • 5Sergio V. 2 years ago
    Well worth the time and cost. Beautiful gardens that transport you out of the busy city and life to a tranquil location of peace. Highly recommended, safe environment, during this time in our lives.

  • 5Reed L. 2 years ago
    What an amazing garden. Two hours is barely enough to walk through most of the main trails. You could spend much longer lingering and enjoying the views.

  • 5Jim F. 4 months ago
    Absolutely beautiful garden. I went to see the desert garden which was amazing but ended up spending most of my time in the Chinese and Japanese gardens. Really beautiful. Plan time to just sit and reflect especially in the bamboo around the Lilly pond. Go early before the crowds get so big you can’t enjoy it.

  • 5Tricia E. 11 months ago
    The Huntington Gardens & Library is absolutely amazing! The beauty of the trees, plants and flowers is beyond description. The quality of the artwork and manuscripts on display is awe-inspiring. We had the best tour with a docent named Nicholas on Sunday morning. He was incredibly well-informed about the history of the property, the different types of vegetation, and the history of the artwork. We loved it so much, we bought a membership because we plan to go back many times throughout the year!

  • 5N. 9 months ago
    What a place. You have museums, library, shops, dining, and amazing gardens. This place has it all. Spend a day or a couple hours. Find one of many quick bite dining options and keep walking this beautiful botanical garden. Tons of places to sit and take in the scenery and relax those feet. Price: $25 per adult Parking: Free and plenty No lines to get in and plenty of staff working. Great for families or a date. This place needs a Boutique bed-and-breakfast. If one could take a stroll at night and sleep in this tranquil environment then wake up to a beautiful breakfast over looking a section of the park taking in that aroma of the flowers and the sounds of the birds that would be awesome.

  • 5Gustavo V. 2 years ago
    Lots to see, beautifully maintained,.and they strict but friendly about social distancing and the amount of people in the park.

  • 5Sarah M. 7 months ago
    Absolutely worth the trip. World class garden. Huge. The cactus garden was unbelievably beautiful as were the Japanese and Chinese gardens. The jungle section was pretty cool too. We didn't have time to see any of the museums because we were too busy with the gardens. I'd go again in a heartbeat.

  • 5Malinda S. 2 years ago
    So peaceful and lovely. The first shoo is amazing!

  • 5J Matthew G. 2 years ago
    ...even their to-go food is great

  • 5Brandon J. 2 years ago
    Beautiful varied gardens

  • 5Dan A. 2 years ago
    Just beautiful. Even though it was hot there were plenty of places to sit in the cool shade.

  • 5Janice B. 2 years ago
    Always a pleasure to go to the Huntington Library. Beautiful gardens. Unique gift shop.

  • 5Robert U. 2 years ago
    Always a beautiful and peaceful place to visit

  • 5Kellie M. 2 years ago
    Beautiful! You have to make a reservation ahead of time and pay your entrance fee. There is plenty of parking. It's hard to believe that such a beautiful garden can be in the middle of a neighborhood. There are many different lands: Japanese garden, desert garden, rose garden, etc. We also ate at the Cafe. My protein lunch was very good. There was plenty of seating that was spaced apart.

  • 5Andrea C. 2 years ago
    A beautiful place!!

  • 5James G. 2 years ago
    (Translated by Google) It is a really beautiful place (Original) Es un lugar muy Hermoso

  • 5Eric M. 2 years ago
    Chinese and Japanese Gardens are stunningly beautiful.

  • 5Hossein F. 2 years ago
    Nice museum/gift shop

  • 5Duong N. 2 years ago
    The Huntington Library has long been a landmark in Los Angeles, and it's a place we visit every year. There have been wedding proposals and special events in this beautiful garden and museum. The gardens are massive, with different areas representing different themes. Our go to places are always the Japanese Garden, Chinese Garden, Rose Garden, and the Desert Garden. There are other locations that are nice, too, but those are our favorites. The museums are also nice to visit, too. The best time to go are probably during the months of April through June, when many of the flowers are in full bloom. The other months are nice, too, but the blooming flowers vary in those months. Overall, it's a wonderful and beautiful place to visit.

  • 5T. F. 2 years ago
    Fantastic. Even with every building closed except for the gardens. The Chinese and Japanese gardens was worth it. A 2 hour tour on foot easily. We went free with the program for local students and their family. Great views, bigger then I thought.

  • 5Jeff B. 2 years ago
    Peaceful surroundings and well tended, mature gardens

  • 4Sherns W. 7 months ago
    They’ll be checking your tickets twice! So don’t put it away after the first time. I went on a weekend 11 AM and it wasn’t too busy. Parking was packed though. Lots of flowers and life here! If you go right, then you’ll hit the museum first. Its chilly in there so if it’s hot, go to the museum to cool off. They do have a kids area where kids can play with water and mist! They also have a greenhouse you can explore. The entire place is beautiful! I think they can add a bit more directions on floor or around the gardens. We got lost since it’s so big. Their gift shop things are so cute too!

  • 4Steven K. 2 years ago
    With this Covid-19 virus still on you have to make reservations to walk on the outside grounds only. Can't go inside yet to look at the artwork. It's a nice place to visit when everything is open!

  • 4Morgan B. 1 year ago
    Gorgeous all-around. Desert exhibit was truly magnificent and had every iteration of succulents imaginable. The Japanese and Chinese gardens were likewise well-tended to and simply thriving. If you are looking for a day of serenity and immersion into the natural wonders of the world, look no further! Only drawbacks were that the Japanese/Chinese gardens were closed off, unsure if they are doing some revival work or if they just wanted me to purchase the additional $20+ plus ticket for the 90-minute walking tour to see them. Either way, it is disappointing to only see them from the external pathway. In all, a pleasant experience and worth the trip.

  • 4Edward W. 2 years ago
    During this COVID-19 time, members have to register for online reservations first prior to visiting. Then, your temperature is measured, and you turn right to confirm your reservation, such as time and number of people. Then you can walk around, but there are clearly marked arrows and do not enter stickers on the concrete walk path, so not as much freedom as pre- pandemic days of roaming around. The restaurant/cafetería 1919 isn't open till 11AM, which is later by half an hour than previously, although you can sit in the patio area, the tables have laminated cards, one side states it's cleaned, and the other side states needs to be cleaned. The little café in the front of the entrance area seems to be closed all the time, so best to bring your own water/ liquids to drink.

  • 4Nikola J. 2 years ago
    What a hidden gem this garden is! It's a must visit place with family, lots to do with kids. Very beautiful away from noise, feels very close to nature. They have their own on sight cute restaurant to munch, they have pretty nice halls to host your own parties. They are little pricy though but worth it.

  • 4Richard E. 2 years ago
    A Decent public garden, museum in Southern California. Due to Covid19, museum is closed, but still worth visiting outside green. Recent visit, not many people around, nicer to look around, and take pictures with my family. Good!

  • 4Tuomoss M. 2 years ago
    This place is a real gem. It has so many areas to stroll through and you feel like you're not in CA. I really enjoyed my time here although I wasn't able to go through the whole park, I loved what I saw. The gardens have some really interesting and beautiful flowers that will keep you wanting to stare at them. This place is a really good place to bring your kids because they have open grass areas to sit and have a picnic on. Lots of room for everyone to be honest and that is always so important. Hoping to go back someday for events they have.

  • 4Juanita S. 2 years ago
    Used to go by myself since the 1960's. Have had many wonderful dates there also. Took my oldest son there, he loves history. Majored at Long Beach State in history. Graduated from there about 1970's. Haven't been back for a long time. Love the Rose Garden and Pinkie and Blue Boy. Overdue for a visit. Thank You Mr. & Mrs. Huntington.

  • 4Diego B. 2 years ago
    I liked that place! What I like most about it is the Japanese garden but what I dislike most about it is the ridiculously expensive prices!

  • 4Sam A. 2 years ago
    Plenty to do between the vast gardens and indoor art collection. Nice family destination.

  • 4ZESTY Z. 2 years ago
    The Huntington is open but only for walking amongst the hundred and twenty acre grounds. Normally a five-star experience without access to the museum or galleries is -1 *. Entry is by online appointment only but one advantage of this is there are no crowds. Parking is a breeze and it feels like you have the place to yourself. It's a great place for long walks or simply sitting in the shade and reading a book. The Many varied Gardens and landscapes are an ever-present source of wonder and beauty. Well worth the cost of membership.

  • 4Colleen P. 2 years ago
    Although some of the ways has been closed and not accessible because the covid 19 but still very nice scenes to enjoy. You would never get tired and as you walk you are seeing very beautiful places here. The only thing is the wait line and also make sure to buy your ticket in advance because of social distancing they dont allow many inside.

  • 4Hemma R. 2 years ago
    Beautiful, tranquil gardens. Great day to explore for a few hours enjoying mother nature. Located in a residential community. The gardens are very well kept and great little trails to explore. Definitely recommend if you love flowers. They also have 1 free entry the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Be sure to book online for those tickets. Make sure you go early or expect to park in the neighborhood and stroll over. Overall, my family had a fun experience seeing what nature offers.

  • 4Sammy M. 2 years ago
    Super fun evening with spectacular views. I was skeptical, especially given the long drive for me but ended up enjoying the beautiful gardens and light displays.

  • 1Liujie Z. 2 years ago
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