The Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino California

The Huntington Library in San Marino is the perfect place to visit and find a quiet solitude while you enjoy the exhibits of historical books and manuscripts. The library holds some 6.5 million manuscripts and more than a million rare books

The Huntington Library in San Marino is the perfect place to visit and find a quiet solitude while you enjoy the exhibits of historical books and manuscripts. The library holds some 6.5 million manuscripts and more than a million rare books.

It is the only library in the world with the first two quartos of Hamlet; Benjamin Franklin's autobiography manuscript and the first drafts of Henry David Thoreau's Walden, who during the 20th century became popular for anti-war and pro-environment issues.

Visit the Huntington Library and spend the day reviewing works of John James Audubon who was a French American ornithologist, a naturalist, a hunter and a painter.  Audubon was born in the French colony of Saint Domingue which is now known as Haiti.  He was raised in France as a youth and during his early years, his love and interest of birds began to emerge.  He would later arrive on the shores of America and embraced our bird species creating amazing illustrations of his findings.

Another creator of the collected works was Henry Bukowski who passed away on March 9, 1994.  He was a German American poet, novelist and story writer who was influenced by the social, cultural and economics here in Los Angeles, California, which he chose to call home.  His writings focused on the ordinary lives of the poor American as he saw them. With over 60 books in print, this author has left his legacy about the life in Los Angeles as he saw it and about the love of his life, his wife.  Bukowski wrote poems and stories about her passing and she is thought to be one of his greatest inspirations for his publications.

We have Henry E. Huntington to thank for these magnificant grounds which he opened in 1919 as an educational and research institution.  He was born in Oneonta, New York and built his empire during his career developing railroads, utilities and real estate.  While he worked in San Francisco from 1892 to 1900, he developed and completed the expansion of the city's railroad system before he sold it in 1898.

He would later turn his attention to Los Angeles and the "Orange Empire" where he organized and developed the Los Angeles railway system services within the city. His interest also included books, art, and gardens; treasures that his collected over his lifetime can be viewed at the grounds. On a sunny day you can enjoy his collection of botanicals in his prized gardens.

Admission Fees

  • Adults weekdays $15  weekends $20
  • Seniors (age 65+) weekdays $12 weekends $15
  • Students (age 12-18) or with full-time student I.D. weekdays or weekends $10
  • Youth (age 5-11) weekdays $6 weekends $6
  • Children (under 5) free
  • Groups (15 or more) weekdays $11 (per person) weekends $14 (per person)

Free Day

Admission to The Huntington is free to all visitors on the first Thursday of every month with advance tickets.

  • Hours on Free Day are 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Parking is free at The Huntington

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