Permanent Exhibitions


Library Exhibition HallLibrary Exhibition Hall

The Main Exhibition Hall of The Huntington's historic library building features, “Remarkable Works, Remarkable Times: Highlights from the Huntington Library.” The exhibit is designed to invigorate visitors’ sense of connection to history and literature and to highlight the significance and uses of the library’s incomparable collections of historical materials. The library is one of the largest and most in-depth independent research libraries in the United States in its fields of specialization: British and American history, literature, art, and the history of science stretching from the 11th century to the present. “Remarkable Works, Remarkable Times,” highlights about 150 objects from the library’s collection, which currently numbers nearly 9 million items. The exhibition is organized around 12 key objects, each anchoring a section. The display includes the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the Gutenberg Bible, Shakespeare’s First Folio, John James Audubon’s Birds of America, and Henry David Thoreau’s manuscript of Walden. MORE


Huntington Art GalleryHuntington Art Gallery

Once the house of Henry E. Huntington (1850–1927) and his second wife, Arabella (1850–1924), the Huntington Art Gallery opened in 1928 displaying what was then the greatest collection of 18th-century British art in the country, including the celebrated Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough and Pinkie by Thomas Lawrence. Since then the collections have grown enormously and now contain many great works of art of the Italian, French and Netherlandish schools, as well as a much broader range of British art and design from the 17th to the early 20th century.


After a $20 million renovation, the gallery offers visitors an enhanced experience with one of the finest collections of European art in the nation as well as a more accurate sense of the lifestyle of one of the most prominent millionaires of the early 20th century. In addition to a thoroughly updated infrastructure, the refurbished mansion includes 5,300 additional square feet of public space, new interpretive components, and new gallery presentations of approximately 1,200 objects of European art from the 15th to the early 20th century. MORE


Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art

Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art


Galleries Temporarily Closed

A portion of the Scott Galleries is currently closed for an expansion project, reopening in summer 2016. Highlights from the American art collections from the 17th to the mid-19th century will go on view in the MaryLou and George Boone Gallery in September.


First opened in 1984, and expanded in 2009, The Huntington’s Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art has expanded again into a 5,400-square-foot space in the Lois and Robert F. Erburu wing that was previously used for storage. Recent major acquisitions, such as a carved organ screen by Depression-era African American artist Sargent Claude Johnson (1888–1967), The Locomotive by Reginald Marsh (1898–1954), and Global Loft (Spread) - pictured at right- by Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008), join loans and works from The Huntington’s permanent collection to tell an expanded story of American art from the colonial period to the 20th century.  MORE


Beautiful Science: Ideas that Changed the World

Dibner Hall of the History of Science

Dibner Hall of the History of Science

Located in the Library Exhibition Hall, "Beautiful Science: Ideas that Changed the World" showcases some of science’s greatest achievements, from Ptolemy to Copernicus, Newton to Einstein. The 2,800-square-foot Dibner Hall of the History of Science comes as a result of the marriage of The Huntington’s history of science materials with the Burndy Library, a 67,000-volume collection of rare books and manuscripts donated to The Huntington in 2006 by the Dibner family of Connecticut. The exhibition highlights four areas of exploration: astronomy, natural history, medicine, and light. A gallery on each focuses on the changing role of science over time, particularly the astonishing leaps in imagination made by scientists over the years and the importance of written works in communicating those ideas. Works in the exhibition represent centuries of thought, showing how knowledge has become more refined over time.  MORE


Greene & Greene

Galleries Temporarily Closed for Expansion


Greene & Greene

The Dorothy Collins Brown Wing of the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art is devoted to the work of early 20th-century Pasadena architects Charles Sumner and Henry Mather Greene. Synonymous with the Arts & Crafts Movement in Southern California, their insistence upon fine craftsmanship, houses and furniture harmonized as single artistic expressions, and the use of the highest-quality materials set new levels of excellence. This approach belonged to a larger cultural movement that began in England in response to the Industrial Revolution.


The Huntington’s exhibition, organized in collaboration with the Gamble House/University of Southern California, has three parts. The main hall features the full spectrum and evolution of the Greenes’ artistic genius, with examples of their designs for furniture and decorative arts. The second part is the reassembled stairway from the 1905 Arthur A. Libby house, and the third part of the exhibition is a recreation of the dining room of the Henry M. Robinson House, designed and built in Pasadena between 1905 and 1907.


About The Huntington

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution established in 1919 by Henry E. and Arabella Huntington. Henry Huntington, a key figure in the...

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