SAN MARINO, CALIF.-The internationally-acclaimed Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is a must visit to bask in the grandeur of 120 acres of sensational gardens, four art galleries and a library featuring some of the World's greatest original books.
Founded by railroad and real estate magnate Henry E. Huntington, whose company also developed the city, "Huntington Beach," The Huntington is full of "wow" and "awe." In the Huntington Art Gallery you'll see European Artwork, such as a breathtaking 1771 French Writing Desk called "Bonheur du Jour," meaning "the happy time of the day" (when folks would write their friends). The magnificent piece is made out of tulipwood, sycamore, soft paste porcelain, brass and glass. There's also an 1810 Mantel Clock that still offers the correct time. The French timepiece is made out of marble, gilt bronze, biscuit porcelain and blued copper enamel.
Among the collections:
1880 Tea Table
Rogier van der Weyden's 15th Century masterpiece, "Madonna and Child"
1777 portrait of Karl Friedrich Abel by Thomas Gainsborough.
Paintings and sculptures by world-renowned Frederick Remington
John James Audubon book, Two Birds of America
14,000 different kinds of plants in over a dozen areas, including Jungle, Rose, Fragrance, Chinese, Japanese, Palm, Herb, Children's, and Shakespeare