Sunnylands was the winter Desert home of the Annenbergs’ from 1966 through 2009. Walter Annenberg was, amoung other things, Ambassador to Great Britian during the Nixon administration. Even if you never heard of the Annenbergs anyone who has ever driven by the big pink wall on Bob Hope Drive or Frank Sinatra Drive may have wondered what was behind the wall. That question can now be answered at The Sunnylands Center. Free and open to the public (closed in August) the visitor center is a place where visitors can learn more about Walter and Leonore Annenberg and their commitment to their country, to philanthropy, to education, and to the arts.
The Center includes an orientation film in the theater and selections of art from the Sunnylands Collection. You can also enjoy and explore the garden paths that wind throughout Sunnylands Gardens.
Visitors who have preregistered and paid for tours of the historic estate get to tour the midcentury design private residence that has hosted movers and shakers in the world of politics and entertainment for decades. Currently used as a private retreat tours are available when the property is not in use.