Maloof Foundation for Arts & Crafts

Maloof Foundation for Arts & Crafts

Maloof Foundation for Arts & Crafts
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Visit the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation on their 5 1/2 acre site set in the foothills of the San Gabrial Mountains, less than 2 miles from the 210 freeway. Public hours: Thurs and Sat, 12-4pm Sam Maloof was one of the most respected furniture makers of the 20th century. His rocking chairs were highly esteemed by both Presidents Reagan and Carter. His home was hand built by Sam and his assistants over a period of 40 years and reflects Sam's love of finely crafted wood, right down to unique hand-crafted wooden latches and hinges on the doors. When threatened by the 210 Freeway, several of his patrons banded together to assure the home received the recognition it deserved on the National Register of Historic Places where it is cited as a work of art in its own right. The home and associated shops where Sam continued to build furniture until his death at 93 in 2009 were moved to the current site in Alta Loma. This site now includes the historic home, which is open for docent led tours at a small fee, the Jacobs Education Center which presents changing exhibits and the lovely Gardens which encompass five different landscapes of California native plants and Mediterranean plants which demonstrate water wise gardening for Southern California home owners. The Gardens are open at no charge, as is the Jacobs Education center when there is a show in the center. Reservations for the Historic Home tours are strongly suggested.
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Suzanna H
Fontana, CA50 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
I honestly never heard of furniture maker Sam Maloof before I booked my tour. You will be able to see many examples of his work and how his furniture design evolved over time. It was neat to learn about Maloof's designs and how the building of the 210 freeway necessitated the moving of the house he designed. The house is definitely interesting and the Maloof collection of artifacts is impressive. I would guess that this tour would be more special for people who knew who Sam Maloof was before they visited the house. There were two small children with their parents on the tour and they seemed quite bored. Go if you enjoy seeing quality craftsmanship up close. Glad I did.
Written June 24, 2018
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Debora
Los Angeles, CA165 contributions
This wonderfully filled museum is amazing! He is very inspiring and gifted artist. His wife gave him amazing support and they were an awesome team together. My teenage son and I came for a visit here. To my surprise we were both amused by this artistry that Mr. Maloof provided our world with. I recommend this place for all!! Simply amazing. He touched many lives and hearts;)
Written October 22, 2014
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Thank you!
Written December 30, 2015
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nursecathy
Pedricktown, NJ6 contributions
Jul 2013 • Friends
Such a wonderful place to visit. Tucked away in Alta Loma, Ca. is a wonderful museum which was the original home of renowned furniture maker; Mr.Sam Maloof. The tour is a must. There is a video which gives you a very good background on Mr. Maloof and his works. The guide that we had was very knowledgeable. Many wonderful pieces of his furniture are on display throughout the house esp., his signature work: the Rocking Chair. After taking the tour; please see the gardens surrounding the property.Though out the gardens you will find many s creative metal works from various artists.
Written January 1, 2014
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Thank you for the review. We will be having another Sculpture in Garden show opening on May 1, 2016.
Written December 30, 2015
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migibson
Spokane, WA52 contributions
Nov 2017 • Friends
We have visited twice before and had a great time. They are only open to the public for 8 hrs per week. 12-4 on Sat and Thurs. We went today, planning to meet 2 other parties, They were closed for maintenance. They are ONLY open 8 hrs per week...and were closed this week for "maintenance"... without notification on their website, without notification on Facebook, and without notice on their phone message. I drove 45 minutes to get there, my friends drove a similar distance from different parts of SoCal. I was embarrassed and will never arrange another get together at this place I have loved so much. This was so unprofessional.
Written November 16, 2017
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galbert07
Cincinnati, Ohio132 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
I never heard of Sam Maloof but have visited his place twice now. To me he is an example of never giving up and living your dream. One of the things that fascinated me is that he on built what he needed to use. When he needed more space, he built it. I found his funiture very interesting, beautiful, practical and comfortable. I highly recommend seeing this museum especially if you like wood furniture.
Written May 26, 2019
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Robin B
Phoenix, AZ1,263 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
This studio/home is an oasis in the middle of a city. Tours begin at noon on tour days, but because we were pressed for time with a long drive ahead of us, they kindly accommodated our request to come earlier. We took the basic tour, which lasted 1-1/2 hours. This mostly consisted of visiting the home, with a quick look at the studio space. I wish we would have had time to stroll through the gardens, which were beautiful. If you are at all interested in art, woodworking, or just historic homes, you will enjoy a visit to the Maloof home.
Written May 4, 2019
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galbert07
Cincinnati, Ohio132 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
Went there and was totally amazed. First of all, I have never heard of the Maloof house but followed the signs and were happy we did. What an incredible story of achieving the American dream. Touring the house was a pure delight and were the gardens. Well worth seeing.
Written April 16, 2018
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Sam&Peggy
malibu147 contributions
Oct 2016 • Solo
Call it a museum, a historic landmark, a memorial, a sanctuary, whatever; all those standard labels would be appropriate to describe the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts.

But for me, it is a more. Visiting the Foundation’s embracing and engaging suburban complex of a woodworking studio, a hand crafted residence, a gallery, and gardens promises a unique experience.

It was the home, hearth and shop of the master wood worker Sam Maloof, who died seven years ago at the age of 93. The distinctive buildings are very much a singular Smithsonian Affiliate, and a paradigm of the National Trust’s Historic Artists’ Homes and Studio Program.

Indeed, Sam, as he was known to his friends, of whom I was one, had in his day been one of the more honored craftsmen in the world. Among the awards: a MacArthur fellowship and a California Living Treasure designation.

Distinguishing the museum is that his creations are displayed in their contexts, in workshop, in gallery, and most evocatively in his former home, which he hand crafted over a score of years.Particularly noteworthy is that the entire complex along with many trees were had to moved in toto several years ago to make way for a freeway.

But because the 5 acre site had been deemed a historic landmark it was eligible to be preserved and relocated, and was, just 3 miles away, in an impressive architectural effort. As it was in its original site, and now on its new site, it's worth a journey to see.

But it does take some planning, located as it is in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in Rancho Cucamonga, two hours east of L.A. In addition, the craftsman complex is only open two days a week, Thursdays and Saturday, from noon to 4. There is no charge to tour the grounds and gallery; where until February on display is an excellent exhibit of California wood artists. Sam would approve.

The only access to the interior of the historic home is by a docent lead tour, for which there is a slight charge. For this advance purchase is highly advised.
Written November 4, 2016
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dogdokken
Los Angeles, CA24 contributions
Jun 2014 • Friends
Visiting Sam Maloof's house is stepping into the house of an amazing talent. Sam is one of the very greatest woodworkers in the history of woodworking. Sure, you can look at photos of his rocking chair online, but to enter his house and see the chair or his other pieces is to experience a magical almost numbing feeling of bliss. You can "feel" the furniture, these pieces are cosmic! When you visit, you will note that Sam not only built and designed wonderful furniture but virtually every element of his house: door knobs, doors, railings, etc. Be sure to be observant and you will be richly rewarded.

Make sure to make reservations in advance. I honestly feel this is the best house tour in all of Southern CA, and their are some amazing homes such as the Gamble Home and Eames Home.

I must disclose that Sam's house was originally located on Archibald Ave and relocated to make way for the 210 Freeway expansion in the 1990's. His house was carefully moved intact to its new beautiful location. I grew up less than 5 miles from both Maloof homes.
Written May 27, 2015
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Thank you for your review. In 2016 we will be celebrating what would have been Sam's 100th Birthday. We have special events and exhibitions planned for our Centennial year. Please visit our website for a full listing of events and exhibitons
Written December 30, 2015
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KarenChinoHills
Chino Hills23 contributions
Jul 2014 • Friends
I have gone here on two separate occasions and have had a great day both times. Sam Maloof was an extraordinary wood carver with pieces in The Smithsonian and The White House. You can take a tour of his house and sit in his chair (awesome I might add) and walk in the gardens. There is always something going on where you could really spend most of the day just enjoying everything around you. The first time I went, we packed a nice lunch with a good bottle of wine, sat in the gazebo and had a very nice lunch in a very nice area. This is a must see attraction which is such a pleasant surprise. There is a fee for the tour of the house but the garden is free. Worth looking up.
Written December 9, 2014
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Thank you for the review.
Written December 30, 2015
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Maloof Foundation for Arts & Crafts is open:
  • Fri - Fri 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM