inside of Mapel Orientation Gallery

Mapel Orientation Gallery

There's so much to see at The Huntington that visitors often don't know where to begin. The Mapel Orientation Gallery is a perfect place to start! Watch a short film about The Huntington's history, take a "quirky tour," get ideas from other visitors on our "tips and pics" wall, and tag your own #AtTheH to share!

Huntington History

"Then-and-now" maps and photographs reveal how the Huntington estate looked in the early 1900s, when much of the property was covered with orchards and agricultural crops. Sniff your way to the "scent bar" and inhale the fragrances of wild sage, roses, and orange blossoms, scents that filled the air a century ago.

Take a "Quirky Tour"

Need help deciding what to see and do? Pick a "Quirky Tour!"  Choose the "I Need to Chill Out" or the "I Love the Macabre" tour with an itinerary tailor-made just for you! Prepare to be lead in very unexpected directions. And then visit our "tips and pics" wall to see recommendations and instagram pics left by other visitors; snap your own pics and tag them #AtTheH to share to inspire other visitors.

Through Artists' Lenses

Three short, silent films by Los Angeles–area artists; each is a poetic visual exploration of objects from our collections and spaces you can venture to during your visit.

Micrographia by Charlotte Pryce


Twelve Bagatelles for Janis Crystal Lipzin by Rick Bahto


From Bees to Moons by Steve Roden

10 Minute History

Produced by L.A. filmmaker Cosmo Segurson, a treasure trove of images and information about Henry and Arabella Huntington and the institution they founded. 

10 minute history