The Huntington Library
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
The Huntington is a world renowned center of art and culture set amidst 120 acres of breathtaking gardens. Three art galleries and a library showcase magnificent collections of rare books, historic manuscripts, and priceless works of art.
Experience The Huntington with easy walking Group Tours of the Estate and gardens, Splurge in English Tea luncheon in the Rose Garden Tea Room. (Pasadena Rose Parade just blocks away)
1919 Café, Rose Garden Tea Room, Chinese Garden Cafe, Red Car Coffee Shop
Oct 29, 2016 - Sep 02, 2019 | Celebration Lawn
The outdoor installation is the brainchild of Dan Goods and David Delgado, visual strategists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who conceived an innovative “soundscape” representing the movement of the International Space Station and 19 Earth satellites.
Orbit Pavilion pictured from above at the May 2015 World Science Festival at New York University. Photo courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech
Project Blue Boy
Sep 22, 2018 - Sep 30, 2019 | Huntington Art Gallery
The Blue Boy undergoes its first major technical examination and conservation treatment in public view, in a special satellite conservation studio set up in the west end of The Huntington’s grand portrait gallery.
The blue boy (ca. 1770) by thomas gainsborough (1727-1788) shown in normal light photography (left), digital x-radiography (center, including a dog previously revealed in a 1994 x-ray), and infrared reflectography (right). Oil on canvas, 70 5/8 x 48 3/4. The huntington library, art collections, and botanical gardens.
Architects of a Golden Age
Oct 06, 2018 - Jan 21, 2019 | Library, West Hall
Documenting one of the most creative and influential periods in Southern California architecture, the exhibition spotlights about 20 original drawings and plans selected from The Huntington’s important Southern California architecture collection.
Roger Hayward (1899-1979), Los Angeles Stock Exchange, façade, ca. 1929, Samuel E. Lunden, architect, John & Donald Parkinson, consulting architects, Gouache on board, 39 x 25 1/2 inches. © Courtesy of Dr. James and Mrs. Miriam Kramer, 2018. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.
Library Exhibition Hall
The library is one of the largest and most in-depth independent research libraries in the United States in its fields of specialization: British and American history, literature, art, and the history of science stretching from the 11th century to the present. “Remarkable Works, Remarkable Times,” highlights about 150 objects from the library’s collection, which currently numbers nearly 9 million items.
Huntington Art Gallery
Once the house of Henry E. Huntington (1850–1927) and his second wife, Arabella (1850–1924), the Huntington Art Gallery opened in 1928 displaying what was then the greatest collection of 18th-century British art in the country, including the celebrated Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough and Pinkie by Thomas Lawrence. Since then the collections have grown enormously and now contain many great works of art of the Italian, French and Netherlandish schools, as well as a much broader range of British art and design from the 17th to the early 20th century.
Beautiful Science: Ideas that Changed the World
Dibner Hall of the History of Science
Located in the Library Exhibition Hall, "Beautiful Science: Ideas that Changed the World" showcases some of science’s greatest achievements, from Ptolemy to Copernicus, Newton to Einstein. The 2,800-square-foot Dibner Hall of the History of Science comes as a result of the marriage of The Huntington’s history of science materials with the Burndy Library, a 67,000-volume collection of rare books and manuscripts donated to The Huntington in 2006 by the Dibner family of Connecticut. The exhibition highlights four areas of exploration: astronomy, natural history, medicine, and light.