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Santa Monica History Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Well above expectation

My friend and I visited the museum and were shocked as to how interesting we found it! John who is... read more

Reviewed April 12, 2018
Ben R
via mobile
Contains exhibits covering several different aspects of local history

We were keen to understand the history of the Santa Monica area and this small museum attached to... read more

Reviewed July 10, 2017
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Apr 12, 2018
“Well above expectation”
Jul 10, 2017
“Contains exhibits covering several different aspects of local history”
The Santa Monica History Museum has been preserving and promoting the history of the Santa Monica Bay area since 1975. Our exhibit galleries and interactive exhibits are an exciting and fun way to bring history alive and explore the fascinating past...more
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1350 7th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1608
Santa Monica
+1 310-395-2290
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Reviewed April 12, 2018 via mobile

My friend and I visited the museum and were shocked as to how interesting we found it! John who is the museum manager was enthusiastic and gave us many interesting facts about Santa Monica. Would seriously recommend and thank you again to John!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Ben R
Reviewed July 10, 2017

We were keen to understand the history of the Santa Monica area and this small museum attached to the library provided some interesting insights into how the city developed. It comprises several disparate elements, each covering an entirely different aspect of local history. While it...More

Date of experience: June 2017
5  Thank Corb2000
Reviewed February 24, 2017

We can learn the history and other faces of Santa Monica in this museum. I hadn't known about Santa Monica's history at all before visiting here, but now I have a clear image about how this city has developed and attracted a lot of people...More

Date of experience: February 2017
1  Thank fujikuman0827
Reviewed February 9, 2017

This is a visit where you'll learn a lot about Santa Monica. It's connected to the public library which is also an incredible place to park yourself with a newspaper or magazine and people watch or just relax.

Date of experience: January 2017
1  Thank Cynthia C
Reviewed October 23, 2016

We stopped into the Santa Monica History Museum soon after opening for the day last week. Frankly, I hadn't really noticed it when looking for ways to spend a morning - my daughter's boyfriend suggested stopping by because it sounded interesting. Not being from the...More

Date of experience: October 2016
2  Thank hounddog62
Reviewed September 21, 2016

Small tucked behind the Santa Monica Library. It's entrance on the opposite entrance to the library. Fun displays about Santa Monica history. From Shirley Temple to Pacific Ocean Park. Reminders of my days of growing up and visiting Santa Monica.

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank sunstonetours
Reviewed August 10, 2016

Learning about the city of Santa Monica and seeing all the famous people who lived or worked in the city was particularly interesting. This beach side city has a very interesting past.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank sixxmom
Reviewed July 18, 2016

On my vacation I visited the Santa Monica museum & although it's a small museum it's a wonderful place to visit & you'll learn alot about the town through the many stories & pictures available at the museum! I was lucky because I went during...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Lorifurey5655
Reviewed June 8, 2016

Walk into this museum and 100 years of local history comes alive! Come explore the history of Douglas Aircraft, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica Pier, offshore casinos and famous local athletes and celebrities, chosen from millions of impressive pictures and artifacts owned by the museum! There...More

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank MoatMonster
Reviewed May 9, 2016

Learn about the history of seaside community of Santa Monica by visiting the Santa Monica History Museum. Upcoming exhibit will focus on former resident Shirley Temple and her accomplishments in the world as a movie star, diplomat. Easy parking at SM Library.

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank FranChasen
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Monica pier spins high above the water, while park
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