Plan Your Visit
Reservations are not necessary to visit The Huntington (with the exception of Free Days). Tickets for admission may be purchased at the time of your visit. Parking is free.
Where to Begin?
Plan your day by visiting the Mapel Orientation Gallery, part of the new Education and Visitor Center, view a map of the grounds to identify galleries, gardens, and other highlights, or peruse our information guide. Visitors Guide in Chinese
Things to Know Before You Go
Please help us preserve the environment of The Huntington by observing the following:
- Food and picnicking is not permitted on the grounds, however there is a small area adjacent to the parking lot where you may eat food you have brought before you enter. Dining is available in our café or tea room.
- No smoking*
- Pets are not permitted at The Huntington, with the exception of service animals.
- Wheelchairs are available; advance reservations recommended.
- Bicycle racks are available in the parking lot.
- Bicycles, skateboards, or sports equipment are not allowed on the grounds.
- Photography, filming, and painting is permitted at The Huntington; restrictions apply.
- Please do not bring radios or musical instruments.
- Please do not remove plants, flowers, or fruit from the grounds.
- Please do not feed the wildlife
- Wedding photography is allowed with advance reservations.
Bus Reservations for Groups
School or tour groups arriving by bus must make reservations in advance by calling 626-405-2240. Please note that all buses and trucks must use a specified route for entering The Huntington from the north. Violators may be cited.
Youth and School Group Supervision
School and youth groups are required to have at least one adult chaperone for every 10 children in the group. (In the Children's Garden and Conservatory, one adult for every FOUR children is required.) This is a safeguard against lost or injured children and helps prevent inappropriate behavior that might result in damage to the collections. Groups without adequate adult supervision will not be permitted to enter the grounds.
No Smoking Policy
In order to provide a healthful and productive work environment, The Huntington maintains a smoke-free workplace. Smoking is strictly prohibited in all locations by employees, volunteers, vendors, readers, and visitors.
When visiting the Los Angeles area, The Huntington proudly recommends The Langham. The official Hotel/Resort of The Huntington.
Wildlife at The Huntington
Please Do Not Approach the Geese
Goslings and their very protective parents have been spotted by the Lily Ponds and Australian Garden. For our visitors' safety (and the safety of our feathered friends) if you happen to see the geese and their goslings, we ask that you do not disturb them, and give them plenty of space. The goslings are indeed adorable, but please resist the temptation to approach them, as their parents can become quite aggressive if they feel threatened.
The Huntington encompasses 207 acres of land in Southern California’s San Gabriel Valley, amid a diverse botanical collection of rare plants, shrubs, and mature trees. While The Huntington does not function as a wildlife center, the lush landscape does provide a natural habitat for many birds – including red-shouldered hawks, California quail, Canada geese, and barn owls. Along with three different species of squirrels, it is not uncommon to see raccoons, possums, and, occasionally, coyotes on the property.
Although the koi fish are not native to The Huntington, they are very much a part of the Huntington experience, populating our Lily Ponds, Japanese Garden stream, and Chinese garden lake. Visitors are asked not to approach or feed them, or any of the many other animal species they might encounter on the property. All wild animals may carry disease; for your safety, please keep a respectful distance.
Coyotes are part of the historic landscape of Southern California and have become established in large numbers in urban areas all over the Los Angeles basin. They were here long before the area was settled. But, like any wild animal, they should be viewed with caution. We know of no instances in which coyotes, primarily nocturnal, have acted aggressively toward Huntington visitors or staff. However, as a safety precaution we have found it necessary to engage a private animal control firm in a regular program to have them removed from the property. Institutional Coyote Management Program
What should you do if you see a coyote on the Huntington grounds? Alert one of our security guards. Do not attempt to approach the animal; do not attempt to feed it.