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Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum

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Address: 23200 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265
Phone Number: 310-456-8432
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Wed - Fri 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Sat 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: The historic home of Merritt Huntley Adamson, a local rancher, is set...
The historic home of Merritt Huntley Adamson, a local rancher, is set along the beautiful Malibu coastline and is home to a museum that explores the history of Malibu.
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Hidden Architectural Gem

You can miss the sign on the PCH, so Google it. You get a history lesson and an art lesson about glazed tiles while listening to the docent of the Adamson family home on the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Des Moines Iowa
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Des Moines Iowa
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102 reviews 102 reviews
26 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

You can miss the sign on the PCH, so Google it. You get a history lesson and an art lesson about glazed tiles while listening to the docent of the Adamson family home on the Malibu shore! Beautiful landscaping and a view of a particularly serene Pacific Ocean are unexpected extras. We had a cranky docent who had a bit... More 

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Edgewater, New Jersey
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Spent a lovely day just wandering around before my guided tour by one of the local residents. They are very proud of this landmark that is now a state park. Start off in the reception area where they give a narrative on the history...it is quite remarkable how it started. The house is beautiful and the pottery tiles beautifully display... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

This home is a wonderful find. It is a place very rich in early Malibu history and it is full of amazing tile and fantastic views. Tile is throughout the home and in one hallway the tile is so intricate it looks like a rug on the floor. If you love historic homes this is one of the best I... More 

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The most unusual thing about this house is the extensive use of tiles throughout the home. The original residents owned the Malibu Tile Company and used the tiles lavishly throughout this remarkable Spanish Colonial style house. I had never seen tiles designed to look like intricate carpets on the floor. The nine bathrooms also provide lavish and detailed tile designs.... More 

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Kula, HI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

This house/museum is off the Pacific Coast Hwy in Malibu, and right on the water near Surfriders Beach. It has been lovingly taken care of and shows how the well-to-do lived at that time. The tiles are stunning. Well worth the 1.5 hours you'll spend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

A unique historic home stepped in local history and color. Go just to see the amazing tilework throughout the house (my favorite were "faux persian carpets"). The setting is idyllic as well. Our tour guide was excellent. I highly recommend this charming place.

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Vancouver, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

If you like history and Architecture, you will love the Adamson House. Call ahead to ask about parking and tours. Our docent Dana Perkins was very good and truly enhanced the tour. Bring your camera and consider having lunch on the Malibu Pier while your there.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I have lived in Los Angeles my entire life and been to Malibu every summer, yet somehow I had missed Adamson House. It first appeared on my radar a few years ago and I have been wanting to go every since. What a beautiful day we had visiting on a warm, clear day in January. The beautiful grounds and house... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We stopped here a have a walk during a long drive. The history of the house & garden is really interesting. Beautiful gardens to walk around. Beautiful tile work. Worth a stop.

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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Just about everything and anything that was possible to enjoy, craft, or otherwise instill into a living space during the time of its construction is here. Despite the obvious costs involved, it is not gaudy, lending a nice view of what is possible if one had the money and the means -- and the class to do it right.

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