News Release - Huntington to Reopen Key Museum Galleries After More Than One Year of Closure

Mar. 18, 2021

On April 17, the special exhibition "Made in L.A. 2020: a version" will debut, and the first floor of the Huntington Art Gallery will reopen

Limited occupancy and other protocols in place

SAN MARINO, Calif.— The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens announced today that it will begin to reopen its art galleries on April 17, so that the public may at last see the newly restored masterpiece of 18th-century British portraiture, The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough. In addition, “Made in L.A. 2020: a version,” the fifth iteration of the Hammer Museum’s biennial exhibition, will debut simultaneously at both the Hammer and The Huntington in two versions that make up the whole. “Made in L.A. 2020” will remain on view at both institutions through Aug. 1.

All of The Huntington’s galleries have been closed since March 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; but, with county public health permission to safely reopen museums, The Huntington will once again welcome visitors to three distinct gallery spaces: the first floor of the Huntington Art Gallery, and the galleries where “Made in L.A. 2020” is on display—in the MaryLou and George Boone Gallery and a portion of the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art.

Planning for the reopening of other galleries at The Huntington, including the Library Exhibition Hall, is underway.

Those who wish to visit The Huntington—either to walk in the gardens or to enter galleries—must obtain a standard online ticket in advance at, according to requirements in place since the gardens reopened last July. All visitors are required to comply with such COVID-related safety measures as wearing face coverings (even if vaccinated) and being screened for symptoms, including a temperature check. Those wishing to enter galleries will be required to queue up outside gallery doors as needed to maintain the Los Angeles County occupancy guidelines for the Red Tier, which limit indoor occupancy to 25 percent. Inside galleries, visitor traffic flow and other distancing measures will be enforced.

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Thea M. Page, 626-405-2260, [email protected]
Lisa Blackburn, 626-405-2140, [email protected]

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The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, a collections-based research and educational institution, aspires to be a welcoming place of engagement and reflection for a diverse community. The Huntington is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, Calif., 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles. Visitor information: or 626-405-2100. (Check for updates during this period for new visitation protocols due to COVID-19.)

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