Founded in 1919, The Huntington is equally admired for its library, gardens and art collections. The Art Collections are displayed in three separate galleries on the Huntington grounds, and a fourth gallery hosts temporary exhibitions.
The Huntington Art Gallery, housed in the original Beaux-Arts mansion, contains a comprehensive collection of approximately 1,200 objects of European art from the 15th to the early 20th century. British painting of the 18th- and 19th-centuries is especially well represented -- including Gainsborough’s Blue Boy and Lawrence’s Pinkie -- along with Italian, French and Netherlandish art. Originally Henry and Arabella Huntington’s home, the mansion was designed by Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey. It was constructed from 1909 to 1911 and comprises 55,000 square feet.
The American art collection includes works from the 1690s to the 1950s, including important paintings such as Mary Cassatt’s Breakfast in Bed, and works by Frederic Edwin Church and Edward Hopper.
More than a dozen specialized gardens cover the estate's 120 acres.
The Library includes over 6 million items, many of which are extremely rare.
Whether you go or not, the treasures of the Huntington—literary, historic, artistic, and botanical—are captured in the guide book, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Lavishly illustrated with nearly 130 full-color photographs and containing a wealth of information about the collections, the book is both a pictorial treat and a fascinating resource for anyone wanting to learn more about the Huntington.
A “soundscape” representing the movement of the International Space Station and 19 Earth satellites
200 everyday objects from early American history and images of the people who used them
The first major technical examination and conservation of an iconic painting offers insight into its history, mysteries, and artistic virtues