Huntington Library is found between Interstates 10 and 210 near South Pasadena. This art museum is as much about the art as it is the gardens. Originally opened to the public in 1928 by railroad and real estate tycoon Henry Huntington, the Huntington Library now contains magnificent collections of paintings, sculptures, rare books, manuscripts, and decorative arts. The museum gardens include a 14-acre cactus garden, camellia garden, and a Japanese garden that seems to have emerged from a Monet painting complete with a small red bridge. Recently added to the Library is a large atrium that serves as a conservatory for botanical science. Huge palms, ferns and other tropical plants fill the glass dome along with ponds and hands-on exhibits.
TIP: Reservations are recommended for The Rose Garden Tea Room that overlooks 3-acres of roses.
The Huntington Library, Art & Gardens
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108