Starting immediately, Sunnylands Center & Gardens will close indefinitely as the number of coronavirus cases in the Coachella Valley escalates and public health officials warn people to stay away from large crowds.
For upcoming events and activities, go to www.sunnylands.org/events.
The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands incorporates a retreat center, historic house, education center, gardens, and solar field. The Retreat hosts high-level conferences, seminars, and retreats on issues of world importance. Sunnylands Center & Gardens features tours of the historic house and estate focusing on art & architecture; landscape & sustainability; history & philanthropy.
Sunnylands was the estate of Ambassador Walter and Leonore Annenberg. It is a 1966 Midcentury Modern house designed by architect A. Quincy Jones. Here the Annenbergs entertained Presidents, royalty, international political figures, and cultural and entertainment icons.
Tickets for the 90-minute Historic House Tour are $48 per person. Visitors are taken from the Center on electric shuttles to the 25,000-square-foot home, where guides offer information about the Annenberg art collection, the building’s architecture and interior design, and the history of the estate as a private residence, and now, as a high-level retreat center. Tickets will now be released at 9 a.m. Pacific time on the 15th of each month for tours scheduled for the following month.
Two other tours that take visitors onto the estate grounds are the Guided Estate Bird Tour and the Open-Air Experience. Offered from November through May, the 90-minute bird tours are open to both experienced and novice birders. Bird tour tickets, at $38 per person, will be released on the same schedule as house tours, with the first ticket release on Oct. 15.
The Open-Air Experience, offered from Sunnylands’ opening until spring, is a 45-minute shuttle tour of the Sunnylands grounds and golf course. The $20 tour, focused on sustainability, Midcentury Modern architecture, and Sunnylands history and current events, takes guests through the 200-acre estate viewing architecture, the grounds and outdoor sculpture.
Tickets for the Open-Air Experience can be purchased only in person at the Center and only on the day of the tour. Tickets for the Historic House Tour and the Guided Estate Bird Tour can only be purchased in advance by clicking here.