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“Worth the short drivefrom LA”

Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum
Ranked #10 of 53 things to do in Malibu
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed September 19, 2012

On a beautiful day in August we toured the gardens and Adamson house in Malibu. It was only my wife and I on the garden tour with a very knowledgeable guide and then 3 of us for the house tour. It was a wonderful way to spend the morning, the guides were great, the house very interesting and the views excellent. The furnishings, clothes still out, and tiles were worth the visit.

It was all made better by visualizing the place when it was built and nothing else was in sight.

Go early, we had a tour bus come at the end of our visit and it's a small place so early is better

Thank LS_52_H
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

A friend recommended that we take advantage of this beautiful home tour in Malibu. Because of this strained economy, my husband and I expected a modest Spanish stucco house with deferred maintenance. We couldn't have been more surprised and impressed by the grandeur and beauty of the grounds and the Spanish Colonial Revival mansion. Our docent was very enthusiastic about the property and its history and was able to give human interest to the story of the families, who have owned this beautiful part of Malibu, California. We learned alot of California history in the Museum, and admired the Malibu tile and other stylistic details which remain in the home. The views from each window are spectacular and the house, though elegant, remains cozy and inviting. It is a wonderful outing on a beautiful sun shiny day. If you're a birder, be certain to bring your binoculars, as there is a sanctuary very close by.

2  Thank Lorraine M
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

The Adamson and Malibu Lagoon Museum is just North of the Malibu Pier. (south of Cross Creek on PCH). It is another great inexensive way to hang out at the beach. You need a reservation to park inside the grounds and take the tour of the Adamson House. The Rindge family, which controled Malibu privately for many years in the 1820s-40s, married with the Adamson family. This was their beach house. Just as Catalina Island had a tile factory in those days, so did the Rindges. The result is some of the most amazing tiles ever set into walls and floors. Richard Keits- RTK Studios of Ojai makes many of the old patterns. Catalina Picture Tile on Camarillo makes all of the ship tiles from the childrens bathroom. When you visit, you will see why!!!

1  Thank Chris R
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

Unique setting and history to this beautiful, unusal house. Our docent was extremely knowlegable , this has got to be one of the best guided tours I've been on.

Thank ryklynette
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

Beautiful house decorated with thousands of tile from Malibu Pottery. Excellent docents with small groups (ours was 5) allows for plenty of visitor questions.

Located right on Surfrider Beach, the house has a spectacular view of the Pacific, Malibu Pier and ...the surfers!

If you visit during the summer, visit on a weekday. The weekend beach traffic can be a mess.

Thank biker_dan
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