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Museum Awarded $10,000 Rotary Foundation Grant

Santa Monica History Museum Awarded $10,000 Grant from the Santa Monica Rotary Club Foundation

 

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David Bohn presents $10,000 grant check on behalf of the Santa Monica Rotary Club Foundation to Kathryn Evans, Development and Museum Manager, and Susan Gabriel Potter, Board member.

 

The Santa Monica History Museum has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Santa Monica Rotary Club Foundation to purchase new display cases, stands, stanchions, and signage holders. David Bohn presented the check to museum Board Member, Susan Gabriel Potter and museum Development and Museum Manager, Kathryn Evans on behalf of the Santa Monica Rotary Club Foundation at the Santa Monica Rotary Club meeting on Friday, May 6, 2016.

 

The generous grant funding will be put to work right away updating the display cases, stands, stanchions, and signage holders in the museum’s exhibit galleries. This grant will make possible the safe exhibition of more of the museum’s historical collections. Some of the result of this grant can be seen on display now in the Shirley Temple: Santa Monica’s Biggest Little Star exhibit. More will be on display later this year as the museum refreshes its permanent galleries and prepares other exciting temporary exhibits.

 

Museum CLOSED Memorial Day Weekend

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Please note our special schedule for the holiday weekend. The museum will be CLOSED from May 28th through May 30th in observance of Memorial Day.

 

We look forward to seeing you when the museum opens again on Tuesday, May 31st!

Expo Line Opening Promotion

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The Santa Monica History Museum is excited to announce it will offer half-price admission on Friday, May 20th and Saturday, May 21st, 2016. In honor of the opening of the Expo Line to Santa Monica, all visitors who shop their TAP card will receive half-price admission to the museum.

In addition to the permanent exhibition detailing the founding and growth of the City of Santa Monica, the Santa Monica History Museum is currently offering a special exhibit celebrating the legacy of home-town star Shirley Temple. Born in Santa Monica in 1928, Shirley Temple had illustrious careers in both entertainment and diplomacy. Her legacy has touched lives around the world and this limited-run exhibit is a delightful tribute to this amazing woman. Reduced admission includes access to both the permanent and temporary exhibits.

General admission is normally $10, but in celebration of the historic return of rail to Santa Monica visitors with a TAP card will receive admission for $5 per adult, and 2.50 per student on Friday, May 20th and Saturday, May 21st. As always, Santa Monica History Museum members, children 12 and under, and active-duty military and veterans receive free admission. For more information please contact Kathryn Evans at 310.395.2290 or kevans@santamonicahistory.org.

Hands on History – 5/21/16

Hands on History 5.21.16

 

Join us for our next Hands on History workshop on Saturday, May 21st at 11am! This free workshop includes a short, age appropriate lesson in the galleries followed by a fun, related craft activity.

 

The theme for May is Asian/Pacific Heritage Month. We’d love to have you join us!

 

This workshop is offered free, but we do request RSVP for planning purposes. To RSVP or ask questions, please contact Kathryn Evans at (310) 395-2290 or kevans@santamonicahistory.org.

 

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, May 21st!

Reduced Admission in Honor of Mother’s Day

Mother's Day Promotion

The Santa Monica History Museum is excited to announce it will offer half-price admission on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 to the Santa Monica History Museum at 1350 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. In honor of Mother’s Day, all groups with a mother, mother-in-law, step-mother, or mother-to-be (grandmothers count too!) will receive half-price admission to the museum. All are invited to visit on this day and treat mom to a visit to the museum’s six galleries.

In addition to the permanent exhibition detailing the founding and growth of the City of Santa Monica, the Santa Monica History Museum is currently offering a special exhibit celebrating the legacy of home-town star Shirley Temple. Born in Santa Monica in 1928, Shirley Temple had illustrious careers in both entertainment and diplomacy. Her legacy has touched lives around the world and this limited-run exhibit is a delightful tribute to this amazing woman. Reduced admission includes access to both the permanent and temporary exhibits.

General admission is normally $10, but in celebration of this special day groups with mothers will receive admission for $5 per adult, and 2.50 per student. As always, Santa Monica History Museum members, children 12 and under, and active-duty military and veterans receive free admission. For more information please contact Kathryn Evans at 310.395.2290 or kevans@santamonicahistory.org.

Shirley Temple Exhibit Now Open!

Shirley Temple has come home to Santa Monica!

Shirley Temple: Santa Monica’s Biggest Little Star exhibit opened on Saturday, April 16th and will run through Friday, July 1st.

The exhibit features original movie costumes and posters, dolls, personal clothing, photos, correspondence, memorabilia, and much more! If you saw Love, Shirley Temple last year, you won’t want to miss this year’s exhibit. Going beyond her film career, Shirley Temple’s extraordinary life and career is explored in depth with new artifacts, photos, items of clothing, and memorabilia on display.

Shirley Temple was born in Santa Monica on April 23, 1928. Her abundant talents as a singer, dancer, and actress made her a quick success in Hollywood. Once named “Little Miss Miracle” by President Franklin D. Roosevelt for her ability to bring joy to the lives of millions, her films have been said to uplift the spirits of a nation in the midst of the Great Depression. Shirley Temple: Santa Monica’s Biggest Little Star is an exquisite tribute to her career and legacy.

Click here for more information about this exhibit.

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Special Schedule: 4/10 – 4/15

Are you getting excited for our upcoming Shirley Temple: Santa Monica’s Biggest Little Star exhibit? We’re just about a week away from sharing this fabulous exhibit with you!

 

Please note the museum will be CLOSED April 10th through 15th as we install this exhibit. We apologize for any inconvenience, but look forward to seeing you when the exhibit opens!

 

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Hands on History is this Saturday, 3/19!

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Hands on History is this weekend!

Join us this Saturday, March 19th, at 11am for our free Hands on History workshop.

This month’s theme is Women’s History Month! There will be a short lesson in the galleries followed by a fun, related craft activity.

This event is offered free, but RSVP is requested for planning. Please RSVP to Kathryn Evans at kevans@santamonicahistory.org or (310) 395-2290.

We hope to see you on Saturday!

Smithsonian Museum Day Live!

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The Santa Monica History Museum is excited to announce it will be participating in Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live! on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 10am to 5pm at our museum at 1350 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. All guests with a Smithsonian Museum Day Live! ticket will be admitted to the museum free of charge. Guests can register for free tickets online at: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-live-march-2016/tickets/

 

In addition to the permanent exhibition detailing the founding and growth of the City of Santa Monica, the Santa Monica History Museum is currently offering a special exhibit celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Aero Theater.

 

Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live! is an annual event that encourages visiting local museums and cultural institutions. This special edition event is also focused on providing an opportunity to the public, especially women and girls, throughout the U.S. to enjoy and share in our nation’s dynamic heritage and cultural life.

 

For more information, please contact Kathryn Evans, Development & Museum Manager at kevans@santamonicahistory.org or 310.395.2290.

Shirley Temple Exhibit Coming Soon!

 Shirley Temple is coming back to the Santa Monica History Museum! The Santa Monica History Museum is excited to announce it will display an extensive Shirley Temple exhibition from Saturday, April 16th until Friday, July 1st at the Santa Monica History Museum at 1350 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. There will be a VIP opening reception […]