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Santa Monica History Museum

1350 7th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1608
+1 310-395-2290
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Contains exhibits covering several different aspects of local history

We were keen to understand the history of the Santa Monica area and this small museum attached to... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
New discovery of Santa Monica

We can learn the history and other faces of Santa Monica in this museum. I hadn't known about Santa... read more

Reviewed 24 February 2017
Santa Monica, California
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The Santa Monica History Museum has been preserving and promoting the history of the Santa Monica Bay area since 1975. Our exhibit galleries and interactive exhibits are an exciting and fun way to bring history alive and explore the fascinating past of our beloved city. In addition to exhibits, we offer historical photo reprint sales, research services, free lectures throughout the year, free monthly workshops for children, and free tours to school and youth groups.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1350 7th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1608
Santa Monica
+1 310-395-2290
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

We were keen to understand the history of the Santa Monica area and this small museum attached to the library provided some interesting insights into how the city developed. It comprises several disparate elements, each covering an entirely different aspect of local history. While it...More

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Reviewed 24 February 2017

We can learn the history and other faces of Santa Monica in this museum. I hadn't known about Santa Monica's history at all before visiting here, but now I have a clear image about how this city has developed and attracted a lot of people...More

Thank fujikuman0827
Reviewed 9 February 2017

This is a visit where you'll learn a lot about Santa Monica. It's connected to the public library which is also an incredible place to park yourself with a newspaper or magazine and people watch or just relax.

Thank Cynthia C
Reviewed 23 October 2016

We stopped into the Santa Monica History Museum soon after opening for the day last week. Frankly, I hadn't really noticed it when looking for ways to spend a morning - my daughter's boyfriend suggested stopping by because it sounded interesting. Not being from the...More

Thank hounddog62
Reviewed 21 September 2016

Small tucked behind the Santa Monica Library. It's entrance on the opposite entrance to the library. Fun displays about Santa Monica history. From Shirley Temple to Pacific Ocean Park. Reminders of my days of growing up and visiting Santa Monica.

Thank sunstonetours
Reviewed 10 August 2016

Learning about the city of Santa Monica and seeing all the famous people who lived or worked in the city was particularly interesting. This beach side city has a very interesting past.

Thank sixxmom
Reviewed 18 July 2016

On my vacation I visited the Santa Monica museum & although it's a small museum it's a wonderful place to visit & you'll learn alot about the town through the many stories & pictures available at the museum! I was lucky because I went during...More

Thank Lorifurey5655
Reviewed 8 June 2016

Walk into this museum and 100 years of local history comes alive! Come explore the history of Douglas Aircraft, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica Pier, offshore casinos and famous local athletes and celebrities, chosen from millions of impressive pictures and artifacts owned by the museum! There...More

Thank MoatMonster
Reviewed 9 May 2016

Learn about the history of seaside community of Santa Monica by visiting the Santa Monica History Museum. Upcoming exhibit will focus on former resident Shirley Temple and her accomplishments in the world as a movie star, diplomat. Easy parking at SM Library.

Thank FranChasen
Reviewed 15 March 2016

Enjoyed some exhibits. Didn't even know this place was here. Went to see an exhibit and that's how I learned about it.

Thank SMOgal
Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a
balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a
thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers,
roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the
famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles
weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa
Monica pier spins high above the water, while park
revelers scream with delight riding the roller
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