Famed Huntington Library Changes Name for Year-Long Centennial

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The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens celebrates its yearlong centennial with a name change. 

The San Marino destination is switching out the word “Collections” for “Museum” and as of Thursday, it will be known as the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.

Happy 100th to @TheHuntington ! @KNX1070 pic.twitter.com/cYbmPBsXhA

— Margaret Carrero (@KNXmargaret) September 5, 2019

Too bad this isn’t scratch & sniff! The ‘Huntington’s 100th’ Rose smells divine!!! In celebration of the Centennial of @TheHuntington in San Marino. @KNX1070 pic.twitter.com/m6nqf3ouIp

— Margaret Carrero (@KNXmargaret) September 5, 2019

“The evolution to the name ‘museum’ is a recognition of the breadth and depth of our collections and the fact that they’re available to the public,” Huntington President Karen R. Lawrence said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times prior to the centennial event. “The idea of ‘collections’ seems rather private sometimes, and ‘museum’ is clearly legible to the public that you’re invited to come and we have exhibitions and talks and interactions with the collections.”

A sneak peek at @TheHuntington Centennial Garden. @KNX1070 pic.twitter.com/uZ2ZUNR9GX

— Margaret Carrero (@KNXmargaret) September 5, 2019

The Times reports that Lawrence said that the word  “museum” is more searchable for visitors to the region. “It means that when someone’s coming to L.A. and looking for museums and great collections to see that we’re on the list.”