Lady taking picture in the Chinese Garden

#AtTheH Tour
(A Photo-Op Tour)

Posing in front of Doyle Lane mural

1. The first photogenic port of call is the boldly, glazed ceramic mural, “Mutual Savings and Loan,” (1964) by ceramist Doyle Lane in the Education and Visitor Center. It’s the perfect pop of color for your first snap. 


Posing in front of the lightbulb exhibition

2. Head into the Library Exhibition Hall and check out the “Beautiful Science” exhibition. In the light and optics gallery, get creative using the mirror trick devised by Athanasius Kircher (1602—1680)


Posing in front of statue on the North Vista

3. The North Vista offers a multitude of photo ops with its sculptures, Italian Renaissance fountain, and a sweeping view of the San Gabriel Mountains. (Remember: The sculptures are all works of art, so please resist the temptation to touch them.)


Sitting in front of Free Floating Clouds by Sam Francis

4. A fan favorite: Sit in front of Sam Francis’s abstract painting “Free Floating Clouds” (1980) in the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art. It’s a great shot, and you’ll look like an art connoisseur. 


Photograph in front of door in Chinese Garden

5. The Chinese Garden has endless photogenic views, from architecture and plants to a lake and waterfalls. Added bonus: You might convince your followers that you’re halfway around the world. 


Photo in front of waterfall in Japanese Garden

6. Follow the canyon south to the iconic Japanese Garden, where you’ll find some of our most amazing snap spots. Unleash your inner supermodel and strike a pose. 


Photo of jumping girl in Desert Garden

7. Now make your way to the Desert Garden—one of our most popular landscapes. With more than 2,000 species of cacti and succulents, the variety of forms and textures will have you hashtagging on overload.