If you enjoy spending time in museums, you may have heard of something called Museum Row on Miracle Mile. Museum row is located on a stretch of wilshire blvd california between Fairfax Avenue and La Brea Avenue. Popular museums that are on this stretch include the L.A. County Museum of Art, the La Brea Tar Pits and Peterson's Auto Museum. What you may not have heard of however, is the Huntington Library near Pasadena, CA.
The Huntington Library is much more than just a library. Founded in 1919, the library is also a museum featuring art collections and additionally features 120 acres of botanical gardens. Popular gardens include the Japanese Garden that was open to the public in 1928, the rose garden and the Chinese Garden, which is actually the largest of its kind outside of China. Other gardens include the Desert Garden, which actually is one of the largest and oldest outdoor collections of cacti and succulents in the world; the Australian Garden, Herb garden, jungle garden, shakespeare garden, palm garden, conservatory and the lily ponds among others.
Inside the library you’ll find an impressive collection of art consisting largely of 18th and 19th British paintings, sculptures and decorative arts, though there are many French paintings as well. A portion of the gallery consists of American art collections featuring artists such as Mary Cassatt, Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg. The library itself was designed in 1920 in the Mediterranean Revival style by a southern California architect. The library consists of a large collection of rare manuscripts and books in the fields of American and British history, literature, art and the history of science. The library holds 7 million items, with over 400,000 of them being rare books. The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens is open Wednesday through Monday, 10am to 5pm and is closed on Tuesdays. Stop by today!