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“Low cost parking, great park”

Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum
Ranked #9 of 52 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.
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121 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Low cost parking, great park”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

I was looking for a reasonable place to park and take some pictures. This place was all I needed and more. A lovely old beach house with beautifully cared for gardens and spectacular lagoon and LA view. A credit to the state park system.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank SaguaroJoe
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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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69 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“beautiful place and history very interesting”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

Loved learning the history of Malibu! Beautiful place....definitely worth the visit!
We never knew so much about Malibu. The entrance fee was only $7/person.

Visited September 2012
Thank Rose F
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Dyer, Indiana
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89 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Beautiful Wedding location”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

We attended a wedding here this past weekend - beautiful outdoor location, many nice locations for pictures. Right on the beach, but no actual beach access from the Adamson house property (fenced in). Our only issue was it was difficult having food/drinks with our kids b/c there is nowhere to sit - everywhere on the property is historic tiles, so you can't sit on anything or set anything down! Otherwise a beautiful facility with a very interesting history.

Visited September 2012
Thank otcarla28
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Louisville, Kentucky
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55 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Worth the short drivefrom LA”
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

Visited August 2012
Thank LS_52_H
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Glendale, California
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233 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Stunning views and impressive architecture.”
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.

Visited September 2012
1 Thank Lorraine M
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