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California Heritage Museum

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3 Sep 2018
“Hidden gem run by great people”
11 Apr 2018
“Nice stop in Santa Monica”
Located in a 19th-century home, this museum explores both the art and history of the region.
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2612 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405-4002
Santa Monica
+1 310-392-8537
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Reviewed September 3, 2018

I passed by this house and didn't know what it was but decided to take a look and I'm glad I did! The house is really striking and picturesque, as is the one opposite. I paid $5 admission and it was totally worth it. The...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank samtaylorme
Reviewed April 11, 2018

The California heritage Museum is a good place to spend some time while you are in Santa Monica. The museum is in a converted home dating from the Victorian era and is in a quaint area of the city and offers some additional history to...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank buffalojim67
Reviewed February 5, 2017

Located on Main St about a mile South of the 3rd St Promenade, this small museum is in one of the first Victorian houses built in Santa Monica. It is furnished with period-correct furnishings and decor on the ground floor, while upstairs you'll find an...More

Date of experience: February 2017
1  Thank Steve D
Reviewed November 29, 2016

The history covered in the museum from the first Native Americans, Spanish occupation hence "Santa" or "San" heading most of the bigger areas in LA. Shirley Temple lived here. History of Flight in this area.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Sue B
Reviewed October 11, 2016

One of the first houses to be built in Santa Monica (for a local dignitary) this isn't your typical museum. The house is decorated and furnished in the 1900-1930 era (...or eerie?). Nothing is behind glass and you feel you have stepped back in time...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Shirley S
Reviewed March 15, 2016

local exhibits vary and offer a fun view of Santa Monica and local artists. It's a fun place - check it out!

Date of experience: August 2015
1  Thank SMOgal
Reviewed September 26, 2015

This place is beautiful. We saw a band play here in the basement, where they have a bar and lounge, which was a very cool experience. I also noticed they have gourmet food trucks in the parking lot on Tuesday's. Totally worth checking out!

Date of experience: September 2015
1  Thank Michelle G
Reviewed June 20, 2013

I recently visited this little museum. The volunteer guides were very well informed. The tour of the house was very interesting and even had a piece of furniture Bela Legosi (Dracula) once owned. They had a current exhibition also of native american indian photographs and...More

Date of experience: June 2013
2  Thank bilby2009
Reviewed February 27, 2013

The California Heritage Museum offers wonderful exhibits that take you back in time to eras in California history. The collections are exhibited in a late 19th century home, which is a delight to walk through. If you are old enough, you will recognize items that...More

Date of experience: May 2012
2  Thank tapbelle
Reviewed February 16, 2013

There was a wonderful exhibit of Hawaiian style furnishings, including wonderful kitschy Hawaiian lamps, and lovely rattan furniture. It was California meets Hawaii in the living room and the dining room.

Date of experience: February 2013
Thank KLMChicago_IL
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