The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, San Marino

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See The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, an 84 hectare (207 acre) complex, housing 17th to mid-20th century European and American pieces. The library keeps over 7 million items, among which are the first two quartos of "Hamlet" and the "Gutenberg Bible." The library also showcases scientific achievements from Newton to Einstein. See 18th and 19th century British and French paintings, sculptures and decorative arts, and American paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, and photographs from the 1690s to the 1950s. In a 50 hectares (120 acres) area, visit multiple themed gardens, such as Chinese and Japanese, with lakes and tea shops, a tropical jungle, a garden with over 1,400 types of roses, and a children's garden. Discover how to plan a San Marino trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • Absolutely stunning garden with a creative and colourful variety. Huge cactus trees, lovely lilly ponds, rose gardens, palm forest. I guess I have seen a colibri! I hope I did 🙂 The effort and care.....  more
    Absolutely stunning garden with a creative and colourful variety. Huge cactus trees, lovely lilly ponds, rose gardens, palm forest. I guess I have seen a colibri! I hope I did 🙂 The effort and care.....  more »
  • Beautiful garden, what an amazing collection of trees and plants. We were there hours, so many lovely spots to sit. Had lunch in Jade Garden then while granddaughter was taken to childrens garden we.....  more
    Beautiful garden, what an amazing collection of trees and plants. We were there hours, so many lovely spots to sit. Had lunch in Jade Garden then while granddaughter was taken to childrens garden we.....  more »
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  • They’ll be checking your tickets twice! So don’t put it away after the first time. I went on a weekend 11 AM and it wasn’t too busy. Parking was packed though. Lots of flowers and life here! If you go right, then you’ll hit the museum first. Its chilly in there so if it’s hot, go to the museum to cool off. They do have a kids area where kids can play with water and mist! They also have a greenhouse you can explore. The entire place is beautiful! I think they can add a bit more directions on floor or around the gardens. We got lost since it’s so big. Their gift shop things are so cute too!
  • An absolutely beautiful spot to check out for locals and tourists alike. Ticket prices are a bit high, but totally worth it! You gain access to the library, art gallery, and the expansive grounds with many acres of different themed gardens. My personal favourite is the Chinese Garden. You could easily spend an entire day here exploring the grounds, and because they’re so expansive, it never feels crowded, even on a busy summer day. There are also a number of food, drink, and coffee options on-site should you feel hungry. All in all a great experience, highly recommend checking it out!

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