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California Heritage Museum

Santa Monica
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Address: 2612 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405
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+1 310-392-8537
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Wed - Sun 11:00 - 16:00

Located in a 19th-century home, this museum explores both the art and...

Located in a 19th-century home, this museum explores both the art and history of the region.

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History Buffs wil love this gem in a Victorian mansion

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 art gallery with special exhibitions. Docents guide you through the house and it's a great... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 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.

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St Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 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 and standing in the original owners home. Run by volunteers, we were shown around by... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

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

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 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!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 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 navaho rugs. However, I am not sure if this exhibition is permanent.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 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 bring back memories from your past. Docents are available to explain, talk, share. When in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 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.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2012 via mobile

One of oldest houses in neighborhood, with fascinating movie poster collection upstairs from 1930s to 1950s, and downstairs two rooms showing Hawaii style furniture. What really makes it is the enthusiasm and knowledge of the guides who recount the history.

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