Free Day

Free Day in the Children's Garden


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As of September 2007, all non-member visitors to The Huntington on "Free Day" (the first Thursday of the month) must have a ticket.

Tickets are free and can be requested online or by calling our ticketing agency at 800-838-3006. You may choose from two arrival times: morning (10:30 a.m.) or afternoon (1:30 p.m.) below. A limited quantity will be available the first day of each month at 9 a.m. preceding the month you wish to visit. (For example, if you wish to visit on August Free Day, you may call for tickets beginning July 1). Please note that Free Day tickets are not available at The Huntington, and may only be reserved by phone or online. You may not purchase regular admission tickets on Free Day.


No more tickets are available for Oct. 1 Free Day.

Tickets for Nov. 5 Free Day will be available on Oct. 1 at 9 a.m.


Please note due to the popularity of Free Day, website and telephone traffic to our ticket agency is heavy and all tickets are generally reserved within several minutes. If you do not get tickets one month, you are welcome to try again the following month.


How To Get Tickets:

  • Nonprofit groups: Bus group tickets and parking passes may be ordered up to 3 months in advance. Call 626-405-2240 or email for tickets and bus parking passes.
  • School groups (K-12): If you are a school group arriving by bus, call 626-405-2272 or email school groups for tickets and bus reservations. Bus group tickets and parking passes may be ordered up to 3 months in advance.  

Free Day FAQ's

Is Free Day still free? Yes. Tickets are free of charge.

Why do I need tickets if it's still free?  The Huntington can only accommodate a certain number of people at a time. Because the popularity of Free Day has continued to grow to extraordinary proportions, we've found it necessary to place limits on the number of visitors admitted on the first Thursday of the month.

How do I get tickets?  Tickets are available by calling 800-838-3006 or reserving online. You will be asked to choose between a morning arrival time (between 10:30 a.m. and noon) or an afternoon arrival time (between 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.) Once reserved, your paper ticket(s) will be mailed to you.

How many tickets can I get? You may request up to 5 tickets. 


Do infants and toddlers need tickets?  Yes, all non-member visitors need a ticket for Free Day. 

Can I just pay the regular admission price and come on Free Day? No. You may not purchase regular admission tickets on Free Day, and only visitors with Free Day tickets will be admitted.

I'm a Member - do I need a ticket if I want to come on Free Day?  No. Members are welcome on Free Days and do not have to reserve a ticket in advance. Memberships are available for purchase and renewal on Free Days and every day.


What are Free Day hours?  On Free Days, hours are 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Can I bring a picnic?  Food and picnicking is not permitted on the grounds, however, there is a small area adjacent to the parking lot where you may eat food you've brought before you enter. Please visit Tea Room and Dining for other food service options.

Our group is coming in a bus.  Do we need tickets?  Yes. All nonprofit and K-12 school groups coming in buses must call to reserve tickets and bus parking in advance. Nonprofits, call: 626 405 2240 or email K-12 groups, call 626-405-2272 or email school groups.  Bus group tickets and parking passes may be ordered up to 3 months in advance.

Can I make reservations for tea in the Tea Room on Free Day?  Yes. Reservations are accepted on Free Days. Free day tickets will be sent to the address provided if the reservation is made up to one week prior to Free Day, otherwise, the reservation name will be placed on the will call list. Please note ALL reservations require a credit card guarantee. The credit card provided will not be charged until the day of your reservation. Tea room reservations on Free Days may NOT be canceled. If the card holder is unable to keep the reservation, the credit card provided for the reservation WILL be charged, and a gift certificate for the party size of the reservation will be sent to the address provided at the time the reservation is made to be used on another day. Members are not required to provide credit card information. Walk-in seatings are also available on a first-come, first-served basis.

How often can I come? You may come as often as you have tickets.

Can we use our tickets obtained for a particular month for a different month if we can’t make it?   No. You must have a ticket for the month in which you're visiting.
What if we need tickets at the last minute?  Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate last-minute requests. Be sure to allow plenty of time for your tickets to arrive from the ticketing agency. They will mail your tickets to you; you should receive them within seven days.

How far in advance can I get tickets? You may call or go online for tickets on the first day of the month preceding the month you'd like to visit. For example, if you wish to visit on the July "Free Day," you may call or go online for tickets beginning June 1.

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