SAN MARINO, Calif. (CNS) — The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens will reopen its art galleries on April 17 after more than one year of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, the museum announced Thursday.

Limited museum attendance in Southern California became possible again when counties in the region moved into the less restrictive red tier of the state's coronavirus reopening system.

Attendance will be limited to 25% of capacity, and visitors must obtain tickets in advance at

Available for viewing will be 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 at both the Hammer Museum and the Huntington in two versions that make up the whole, and will remain at both institutions through Aug. 1. 

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

The Huntington's gardens remain open for visitors, with online reservations also required.

More information can be found at