For an extraordinary educational experience in LA be sure to plan plenty of time at The Huntington, the library, art museum, and botanical garden all in one. This massive and academically impressive institution was first founded in 1919 by Henry and Arabella Huntington with the purpose to 'advance learning, arts, and sciences, and to promote the public welfare'. Since then it has grown into an establishment that welcomes over 800,000 guests from around the world each year, providing unbeatable access to rare art, manuscripts, garden collections, and more.
During your visit, you will be able to enjoy 130 acres of public grounds filled with lush botanical gardens, a rich array of exhibits, and 3 treasured collections of the rare library, art, and botanical materials. Several contemporary artists and researchers and featured within, attracting both academics and over 21,000 students and educators each year. See current exhibits, hundreds of rare materials in the Library Exhibit Hall, several grand portraits and objects of art within the Huntington Gallery and Scott Galleries of American Art, a Botanical Conservatory, and acres of lush gardens in between it all.
The gardens are filled with orchids and camellias throughout, as well as 16 themed gardens such as the Rose Garden, Children's Garden, and Japanese Garden. The art galleries provide glimpses of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photos, prints, drawings, and more. The library itself features a wide variety of things within, but we highly suggest looking at 'Remarkable Works, Remarkable Times: Highlights from the Huntington Library'. You will find 150 rare items within like the Ellesmere manuscript of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, a Gutenberg Bible, and Audubon's Birds of America.
School tours and educational programs are highly popular here, The Huntington staff working with groups by engaging students in 'close looking, inquiry, and conversation using the Huntington Framework'. You can opt-in for a special school or group tour, or check out the public tours such as the Estate Tour, Japanese Garden Tour, or Chinese Garden Tour, each offering an intimate look at the institute's history and features.
Please note that this institution is accessible and inviting for all visitors regardless of backgrounds and abilities.