The Banning Museum
The Banning Museum
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12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
About
Just a few miles from the LA Waterfront, the beautiful Banning Mansion is a City, State and National Historic Landmark. The gracious, stately Victorian residence and surrounding grounds beckon visitors to experience life as it was in the mid-to late-nineteenth-century Los Angeles and meet one of the area's most influential and visionary residents of the time, General Phineas Banning. The Banning Residence has lovingly been maintained and restored and is today considered the finest existing example of residential Greek Revival architecture in Southern California. The Banning property also includes the Howard Rose Garden, a sanctuary of modern day roses as well as antique varietals that would have been grown in Banning's day.
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Sharon C
Alamo, CA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Hidden gem. This museum has it all - it’s a living history museum with period furniture, clothing, a huge barn with a blacksmith area and impecable carriages, lovely grounds, and a lovely tour guide named Alice who had lots of interesting tidbits to share. Really loved this place.
Written January 5, 2024
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NormKeith
Azusa, CA1,865 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
Phineas Banning came to San Pedro from the east coast in 1851 and thirteen years later he built his Greek Revival residence. It is interesting that during his time Phineas could stand on his porch and see six miles in front of him to the harbor. He is known as "Father of Los Angeles Harbor," and bringing to railroad to Los Angeles. The house is filled with Victorian style furniture much from the Banning family. We took an interesting tour through the house which give a lot of insight to what living was like in that time. There is also a large barn with several stagecoaches and other forms of horse drawn transportation. This is a nice way to spend a couple hours visiting. Guided tour are Tuesday - Thursday 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. also Saturday and Sunday 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. I was not allowed to take pictures inside the house but I could take pictures in the barn.
Written February 22, 2018
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Jim L
Tustin, CA1,849 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Solo
I have been living in SoCal for 30+ years, yet I learned about the Banning Residence Museum from a book I bought at AAA the day before I visited. I had a free Sunday afternoon so I decided to check out the park and museum. What a great time I had! The tour was fun, the home, barn and “school house” were interesting, and I would recommend this to both California natives and any tourist wanting to learn about a portion of American history you probably hadn’t studied in school. Banning was a force unto himself in transportation development and in making L.A. a west coast industry center. The home dates from 1863 and is one of the oldest in the area.

Some tips for your consideration:
(1) Admission is listed as “free” but the staff made a donation sound fairly mandatory to me. Five bucks; no worries.
(2) Park on M Street, which parallels Pacific Coast Highway one block to the south, or on North Banning Boulevard. The closer you are to the park, the nicer the neighborhood.
(3) Visits to the interior are by tour only so check the times on the website or call ahead.
(4) If it’s a hot day don’t think there is much relief in the home; there’s no A/C in there.
(5) Our tour of the home itself took about 50 minutes. We visited a dozen rooms, and along the way our docent said “I’ll take you over to [ ___ ] if you have extra time.” Say “YES” to everything! Trust me.
(6) The stagecoach barn is not to be missed. Everyone said “whoa” (no pun intended) when our docent opened the door. There is an amazing collection of coaches, wagons and tools (blacksmith and wheelwright), and a row of stables as well.
(7) See the “school house.” The staff is not actually sure that the tiny building was used for educating kids, but the interior is done up to resemble a little kids' school room. Quaint.
(8) Have the docent take you around to the lower floor entrance where there is a fine exhibit showing the history of how the Port of Los Angeles was created. Including all of the above, I spent almost 90 minutes on the property.
(9) Photography is not allowed (even without flash) anywhere inside the buildings, but it’s worth strolling the grounds to get some pics of the home.
Written August 11, 2014
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mtnglen2gw
Los Angeles, CA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Solo
A beautiful house! The visitor center showed a film on the history of the family. Then I had an hour long guided tour which included the house, stable, and school room. The docents were great. Put it on your list of places to visit.
Written June 1, 2016
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Michael R
Seattle, WA175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
The Banning House is an interesting slice of SoCal history. The house and facilities are well preserved and maintained and show great pride of ownership. The house itself is Greek Revival and from an architectural point of view rather plain but the history of the house if fascinating. It all sits in a park like setting. Our docent, Karen led us on a two hour time travel tour of the house and the Banning family. Did you know that Phineas Banning was the "Father of Los Angeles Harbor"? Karen made our tour extra special with her keen knowledge, charm and eloquence. We would highly recommend the Banning House Docent Tour.
Written January 20, 2018
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lxjuarez
Hacienda Heights, CA175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Family
We visited the Banning mansion/museum. You need to pay a small fee before you are given a your. The small house where you get your tickets, is a great start to familiarize yourself with the home and history. Our tour guide gave us a lot of info. There is a second floor and you need to be able to walk up the stairs. There is a ton of history. This is more then just a historical home. It is a museum, the lower part of the house has lots of artifacts, pictures and the great history about this era in Los Angeles. If you are Hispanic you will be interested to read all of the hispanic names that started all. Perhaps you are part of history and don't know it.

This is great place to stop if you are in the Long Beach, Carson or San Pedro area. You can make it part of trip to other attractions. Check their website for tour info.
Written February 23, 2016
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Soha S
Los Angeles, CA61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Family
My husband, our 3 year daughter and I went to the Christmas open house at the Banning musuem two years in a row. The whole property gets really decked out for the holidays. The beautiful house is decorated on the inside and outside, free tours are offered. There was a Santa Claus greeting families/taking pictures, an arts and craft station, cider/cookies station... beautiful property, great event for families with children. It's an annual event that takes place early December each year.
Written December 30, 2017
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jscof
California19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Family
The Banning Museum is a beautiful home. Guests pay a $5 donation at the visitors center. They only accept cash, but it really is a donation. I didn't have cash on me and they let me in anyway. The staff are very friendly. The Visitor Center is small but shows an informative film. The hour-long guided tour includes many rooms in the house, the old barn which houses various carriages, and the transportation gallery which is a museum in the basement detailing the expansion of Los Angeles through railroad and ocean shipping. The docent who led my tour frequently got her facts wrong but she was very friendly and enthusiastic so her confusion didn't really detract from the tour.
I carried an infant and also had an almost-2-year-old. The staff doted on the kids and made me feel welcome.
Written June 13, 2016
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Merrill C
Albuquerque, NM234 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016
P T Banning was the father of the deep water port at San Pedro. This is his family residence. Docent tours of the interior feature furnishings original to the house and family history. Photos outside are permitted, but not inside. A reproduction of a Banning stagecoach and interactive transportation displays add interest. Admission to the grounds is free; tours have a fee. Street parking is available for free.
Written February 23, 2016
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scott r
Silver Spring, MD739 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Solo
OK, it's out of the way - but really where else can you get a full hour plus of undivided attention from the helpful docent? Interesting to see what is essentially an east coast almost plantation style greek revival transplanted to CA. In some ways the presentation is not 'professional' (i.e. every object archived with full history, or even original to the house or family), but it's a great period piece, accessibility is good in the rooms and you see a fair amount of the second floor. Moreover it's free, but really - give the $5 suggested donation and call it a bargain. The isn't something you normally find in LA, and worth the drive.
Written September 23, 2015
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