In groups of seven, visitors on the Historic House Tour are taken on electric shuttles from Sunnylands Center & Gardens to the former winter home of Ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg. A midcentury masterpiece with Mayan influences, the 25,000-square-foot residence was completed in 1966. Famed architect A. Quincy Jones designed the home, which interior designers William Haines and Ted Graber decorated in the Hollywood Regency style. Guides on the 90-minute tour also inform guests about the rare paintings, sculptures and other works of art on display in the home, as well as the world-famous 20th-century entertainers and politicians who visited the estate. It is recommended that visitors see the 20-minute movie, “A Place Called Sunnylands,” prior to going on the tour. The movie is shown free to the public every hour and half hour at Sunnylands Center & Gardens. Art exhibitions, walking tours, and other activities at the Center also are free. Sunnylands is now a high-level retreat center where global leaders and prominent experts meet to find solutions to real-world problems, promote peace, and better serve the public good. For more information, go to sunnylands.org.
Things to Know
Guests should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled tour start time. Drive time from downtown Palm Springs to Sunnylands is approximately 25 minutes.
The shuttle will depart promptly from Sunnylands Center & Gardens at the tour start time in order to maintain the schedule for all ticket holders. There is no other way to access the tour. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated.
Free parking is provided at Sunnylands Center & Gardens.
Guests on the house tour must be at least 10 years old. However, children of all ages are welcome at the Center & Gardens.
No food or drink other than water is allowed on tours of the historic estate.
Bags or purses larger than 12-by-14 inches are not permitted.
No pets, other than service dogs, are allowed at Sunnylands.
Tours require guests to walk or stand for more than an hour.
This event has handicap parking available and is wheelchair accessible.
Sunnylands is a smoke-free environment.This event is organized by Sunnylands Center & Gardens.
Event Check-in Location
Sunnylands Center & Gardens, 37977 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Photo Credits: The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands.
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