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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
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The historic home of Merritt Huntley Adamson, a local rancher, is set along...

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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Local as well as regional history, beautiful setting, great daytrip

Great place to get a little SoCal and Malibu history. They have several seasonal tours. I have done Mother's Day and Christmas tours - each was different and well worth the time... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to get a little SoCal and Malibu history. They have several seasonal tours. I have done Mother's Day and Christmas tours - each was different and well worth the time. Learn about the families connections to various important LA movers and shakers of their day, as well as battles over land, development of Malibu Tile company and architecture.... More 

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hollywood, california
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The first and oldest standing structure in Malibu. Founders of Ahdor Farms and Catalina tiles beach house. It's a beauty with some of the best tile ever produced in California. Hard to believe state officials wanted to tear it down for a extended parking lot for Surfrider Beach. It's a must see!

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Marina del Rey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The history of the house is interesting. There is beautiful tilework throughout and the gardens are definitely worth a visit. Try and get a docent when you go as it will add to the visit.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

This a great place to visit while in the venice, santa monica or Malibu area since it is close by. The house does not have parking of their own, but there is parking offered by then city $8. You can also park on the curve for free, but make sure you park on the ocean side as there are no... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Spent a brief time here would have liked to see more. You can see the pier from here and the coast. There might be tours offered.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

The Adamson House is open for tours on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm. (The last tour begins at 2 pm) The tours are led by knowledgeable and dedicated docents who delight in sharing their passion for the house, the family that lived there, the history of Malibu, and of course, the gorgeous collection of Malibu tiles.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Historic house built by a wealthy eastern family who fell in love with the spectacular coast line and nearly virgin land of this coast in the first half of the 20th Century. After buying up much of the coastal land which is now Malibu and Malibu Colony, the Adamsons were instrumental in keeping Malibu relatively undeveloped. They single-handedly blocked the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Very beautiful, unusual. Anyone interested in California crafts and architecture during the early 1900's - 1940's - the heyday - should see this place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

This classic beachfront estate with some of the finest Malibu tilework around from the 1920's . Located at the famous Surfrider Beach next to the Malibu Pier. So plenty to do after you do the tour of the estate.

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Malibu, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Unfortunately, an ongoing dispute between the board president and the docents who volunteer to run tours etc. resulted in every docent quitting -- so until that's resolved, you can't get into the house to see all of the beautiful tile work.

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