Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Left: Library Building, Right: Virginia Scott Gallery, 1999, photos by John Hazeltine
San Marino, CA
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is an educational and cultural center set amidst 150 acres of breathtaking gardens. Three art galleries and a library showcase magnificent collections of rare books and manuscripts, 18th and 19th century British and French art, and American art from the 18th to the early 20th century. Highlights include Gainsborough's The Blue Boy, Lawrence's Pinkie, the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales (c.1410), the Gutenberg Bible (c.1455), original letters of Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, and Lincoln, and an unsurpassed collection of early editions of Shakespeare. Over 500,000 visitors from around the world enjoy The Huntington each year, and nearly 2,000 researchers conduct scholarly studies among the world-renowned collections.
The Huntington was founded by railroad and real estate magnate Henry Edwards Huntington in 1919. The galleries, library exhibits, and botanical gardens opened to the public in 1928, a year after Mr. Huntington's death. Please call The Huntington for admission fees and hours.
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