The Huntington Collections
A Collections-Based Research and Educational Institution
The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution serving scholars and the general public. Only a small portion of the collections are on view to the public, but the collections are vast and represent three main areas:
The Huntington's library collections document the history and culture of North America, the British Isles, Continental Europe, the Atlantic World, and the Pacific Rim. They extend from the 11th century to the present, and include 8 million manuscripts, 440,000 rare books, 454,000 reference books, 900,000 prints and ephemera, 800,000 photographs, and 300,000 digital files.
The Huntington's art collections focus on European art from the 15th to the early 20th century featuring one of the most distinguished collections of late 18th- and early 19th-century British paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts outside the United Kingdom; and American art from the late 17th to the late 20th century with holdings including about 270 paintings, 80 works of sculpture, 1,000 decorative art objects, 9,500 prints and drawings, and 1,800 photographs
The Huntington's collection of living plants focuses on several core collections, significant holdings of living plants we are working to preserve, expand, study, and promote for public appreciation.