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The Main Entrance to The Huntington
The Main Entrance to The Huntington
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The Huntington offers free admission on the first Thursday of every month, but have to be requested ahead of time either online or by calling 800-838-3006. Founded in 1919 by Henry E. Huntington, the Huntington is not only a library with a collection of rare books and manuscripts but also has a vast collection of art, and botanical gardens.

The Huntington Library has one of the largest and most complete libraries on British and American history and literature in the United States. The library includes around 6 million items in all. A fair amount of these items are on display for the general public, with the rest restricted for scholars and staff.

The Huntington Art Gallery houses a magnificent collection of 18th- and 19th-century British and French art. The permanent collection is spread across three separate galleries on the Huntington grounds. Some of the amazing artwork displayed in the galleries include: Mary Cassatt’s Breakfast in Bed, Frederic Edwin Church’s Chimborazo, and Edward Hopper’s The Long Leg. However there is a fourth space, the MaryLou and George Boone Gallery that houses the temporary exhibits.

Covering more than 120-acres, the Botanical Gardens are a constantly changing exhibit of color and life. The Desert Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Rose Garden, and the Chinese garden are just a few of the more than a dozen separate gardens that are apart of the collection at The Huntington.

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