Welcome to the Mapel Orientation Gallery

Mapel Orientation Gallery

Travel back in time and meet Henry E. Huntington, the railroad and real estate businessman who founded The Huntington; watch a short video about The Huntington; see a Red Car replica, grab a themed tour guide, create your own masterpiece, and even take a selfie with The Blue Boy! Don't miss this important first stop on your visit to the world-renowned galleries and gardens of The Huntington!

Things to See and Do


In 1901, Henry Huntington founded the Pacific Electric Railway Company, nicknamed the Red Cars, it was a privately owned mass transit system in Southern California and the largest electric railway system in the world in the 1920s.

Grab a Takeaway Tour that highlights a specific theme such as "Tranquility," "Just-for-Kids," and the popular "I-Have-an-Hour" tour. Then take an easy stroll through the grounds with stops along the way.
Impressions and Recommendations Card
Share your impressions and recommendations. We love your photos and ideas—and drawings!—about what to see and where to go.
Take a selfie with Blue Boy
Take a selfie with our life-sized replica of The Blue Boy and tag us with #AtTheH on [email protected].
Scrapbook showing Los Angeles from the 1890s
Explore The Huntington's historic timeline, and learn about the founding of the institution and how it has evolved over the past 100 years. Also available in Chinese and Spanish.
Coloring Blue Boy with colored pencils
Color our collections! Sit down with colored pencils and a coloring page and design your own masterpiece based on such works as The Blue Boy. Post on social media and use the tags #ColorTheH and #ColorOurCollections.

Huntington History in 10 Minutes

Watch this animated short created by LA filmmaker Cosmo Segurson to gain insights into The Huntington's history.

Map of the Grounds

Use the map to locate galleries, gardens, and points of interest, or head to the Mapel Orientation Gallery across from 1919 Cafe to get oriented.

Just for Kids

Discover all The Huntington has to offer for kids and families

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