The Santa Monica History Museum, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1975 by the Santa Monica Centennial Committee to collect and preserve the history, art and culture of the Santa Monica Bay Area and to be the guardian/caretaker of the history. Its mission is the advancement of historical information and education, and the collection, documentation and preservation of objects and memorabilia relating to the Santa Monica Bay Area; and to give residents, particularly children, a sense of roots, belonging, and a strong appreciation for the unique history and qualities of their own city, and pride in the diverse, multi-cultural past of Santa Monica.
The museum’s goal is to provide public access to its extensive collection through interpretive exhibitions, on- and off-site programs, and through archival and research services for youth and adults.
“This museum is an important repository for the Santa Monica Bay Area. Its historical collections serve the educational, archival and research mission of the museum.”
- Mark Roosa
Huntington Library, Pasadena/ Library of Congress Consultant, “Preservation & Access Plan,” SMHSM, 1997
The SMHSM is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
Tax ID 95-3019-295.