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Santa Monica History Museum

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Address: 1350 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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+1 310-395-2290
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Today
10:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Tue 12:00 - 20:00
Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Thu 12:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Santa Monica History Museum has been preserving and promoting the...

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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Worth a visit, helpful docents, good displays and labels.

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Cynthia C
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Connecticut
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Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Monroe, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 area, I had no preconceptions about what it might hold. The museum is a relatively... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Santa Monica
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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East Brunswick, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 'Shirley Temple' month & they offered a wonderful tribute to her!

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Thank Lorifurey5655
Los Aneles, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 is currently an extensive collection of perfectly preserved Shirley Temple dresses and precious artifacts, as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Santa Monica, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Celebrating 40 years, the Santa Monica History Museum has thousands of artifacts and pictures, along with special exhibits. See The history of Muscle Beach, Douglass Aircraft, the Evening Outlook newspaper, Art Linkletter, Shirley Temple (born in Santa Monica), P.O.P and much, much more

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Thank Terri D
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016

As a former resident of Santa Monica and someone who is writing a book with many Santa Monica historical elements in it, I could not have been happier to be in this space. The displays were well defined and so pleasing that I did not want to leave. It is not a big museum but it is "packed" with simple... More 

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