Tickets for Tours of the Historic House & Grounds
Tickets at $35 per person, are released in half-month blocks on the first and fifteenth of every month at 9 a.m. PST, for tours scheduled two weeks later. For example, on January 1, tickets will be released for January 16-31; on January 15, tickets for February 1-15 will be released. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are available only online: they are not available at the Center & Gardens.
Due to high demand, tickets often sell out on the morning they are released. If you are interested in purchasing tickets, we recommend that you do so early on the day they are released.
All sales are final; there are no refunds, exchanges, or wait list for tours. No children under 10 years of age are permitted on tours of the estate and house. There is no student or senior discount. Guests with wheelchairs can be accommodated on tours with advance notice. Please indicate your needs when booking your tickets.
Due to the unique mission of Sunnylands, public access may be limited or prevented during high-level retreats, thus requiring the cancellation of scheduled tours--even those already ticketed. In these rare cases, refunds will be made promptly. Refunds are offered only in the case of cancellation by The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands during high-level retreats.
Guests may book private Group Tours for a minimum of 21 guests and a maximum of 70 guests. Group tours are offered only on Wednesdays and cost $45 per guest. To request a group tour during the 2014-2015 season, please submit the online form found here, indicating alternative dates. The tour manager will contact you to answer any questions, request a deposit, and confirm plans.
We offer a limited number of Mandarin-language group tours. Please email email@example.com for more details on booking a Mandarin-language group tour.
The Tour Experience
Tours of the historic house and grounds take visitors on an electric shuttle to the historic house and through the surrounding estate. In addition to enjoying a comprehensive tour of Sunnylands, designed by A. Quincy Jones, visitors will see parts of the 200-acre estate, including the Dick Wilson golf course. The tour guides offer guests information about items from the Sunnylands Collection, the building's architecture and interior design, and the history of the estate, both as a private residence and a high-level retreat center. During warmer months, tours spend additional time in the house, where guests visit the kitchen, pantry, locker rooms, and projection room, while less time is spent on the grounds. Warm weather tours require guests to walk and stand for more than one hour.
Tours depart promptly from Sunnylands Center. They are scheduled every 15 minutes from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m., 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. It is suggested that guests arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their scheduled tour time. Visitors are reminded that tours take place rain or shine and transportation is in an open-sided vehicle. Please anticipate walking up to a half mile indoors and outdoors. Standing is required. There is no seating in the house. We request that all cell phones be silenced during the tour.
Access to the historic house and grounds is only by guided tour. Tours are small. Shuttles can accommodate no more than seven guests, allowing for a more personal experience. Each tour lasts approximately 90 minutes.
Specialized Estate Tours
Guided Bird-Watching Tour
Thursdays, 9:15 a.m. Tickets: $35 per person
Local birders lead visitors onto the historic estate, where bird species such as the vermilion flycatcher are year-round residents and many other species can be found during spring and fall migrations. Tours are 90-minutes long and do not include access to the house. All levels of birding experience welcome. Birders are welcome to bring binoculars, scopes and cameras.
Please note: This tour is not currently available, it will resume in the fall. There is shuttle transportation, however, some walking is required.