Tour #14: Huntington Museum, Library and Gardens

Saturday, August 21, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Tour Price: $75

Saturday’s other tour offering will be a visit to the Huntington Museum Library and Gardens in San Marino, California, established by Henry E. Huntington and Arabella Huntington in 1919. In addition to the library, which contains rare volumes such as an original Gutenberg bible, the institution houses an extensive art collection with a focus on 18th- and 19th-century European art and 17th- to mid-20th-century American art. Thomas Gainsborough’s Blue Boy, c.1770, is one of the famous paintings contained in this collection.

The property also includes approximately 120 acres (49 ha) of specialized botanical landscaped gardens, most notably the “Japanese Garden,” the “Desert Garden,” and the “Chinese Garden” (Liu Fang Yuan). On September 5, 2019, The Huntington kicked off a year-long celebration of its centennial year with exhibitions, special programs, initiatives, a special Huntington 100th rose, and a float in the 2020 Rose Parade in nearby Pasadena, California.

The property also includes approximately 120 acres (49 ha) of specialized botanical landscaped gardens, most notably the “Japanese Garden,” the “Desert Garden,” and the “Chinese Garden” (Liu Fang Yuan). On September 5, 2019, The Huntington kicked off a year-long celebration of its centennial year with exhibitions, special programs, initiatives, a special Huntington 100th rose, and a float in the 2020 Rose Parade in nearby Pasadena, California.

Henry Edwards Huntington (February 27, 1850–May 23, 1927) was an American railroad magnate and collector of art and rare books. Huntington settled in Los Angeles, where he owned the Pacific Electric Railway as well as substantial real estate interests. In addition to being a businessman and art collector, Huntington was a major booster for Los Angeles in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many places in California are named after him including the cities of Huntington Beach and Huntington Park, as well as Huntington Lake. Henry Huntington was the nephew of Collis P. Huntington, one of The Big Four, instrumental in creating the Central Pacific Railroad (later part of the Southern Pacific), one of the two railroads that built the transcontinental railway in 1869.


Chinese Garden

Museum & Gardens

Library & Gardens

Visit the Huntington Website


One-way Driving time: 1 Hour

Tour includes: Round-trip motorcoach transportation and Admission. Lunch is on your own at the museum.

Special Wear: None

ADA Compliant: 

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