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Santa Monica, CA 90401

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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 […]

New Board Chair – Rob Schwenker

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The Santa Monica History Museum is excited to announce that Rob Schwenker has accepted the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Santa Monica History Museum. He joined the Board of Directors in 2014 and has played an active role ever since. Rob Schwenker is the Publisher of the Santa Monica Daily Press and brings proven leadership skills, business acumen, and a passion for Santa Monica and its history to his work with the museum.

 

This new role continues Schwenker’s record as an engaged and energetic member of the Santa Monica community. In addition to leading the Santa Monica History Museum he is also a past President of the Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica, on the board of the Santa Monica Police Activities League, a member of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, a Vice President for the Santa Monica Jaycees, an Executive Committee member for the Buy Local Santa Monica steering committee, and a committed weekly meal delivery volunteer for Meals on Wheels West.

 

For more information please contact Kathryn Evans at 310.395.2290 or kevans@santamonicahistory.org.

Discover the History: Women’s History Month 3.9.16

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The Santa Monica History Museum is excited to announce the next installment of our free Discover the History lecture series on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 at 6:00pm at the Santa Monica History Museum at 1350 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. This lecture will be a commemoration of Women’s History Month. We are excited to have Santa Monica Chief of Police Jacqueline A. Seabrooks as our special guest speaker. Chief Seabrooks will discuss her journey to becoming the first African American, female Chief of Police for the City of Santa Monica.

 

In fact, Chief Seabrooks was the first woman to be promoted to the rank of Police Sergeant, Police Lieutenant, and Police Captain within the Santa Monica Police Department. She was also the first African American, female Chief of Police for the City of Inglewood and indeed the first African American, female municipal police chief in the history of the State of California. She has more than three decades of progressively responsible municipal policing experience including service with the California State Police Division, the Inglewood Police Department, and the Santa Monica Police Department.

 

Chief Seabrooks holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and California State University, Long Beach respectively. She is a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police, and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government. She has been Chief of Police for the Santa Monica Police Department since May 2012.

 

This lecture is offered free to the public, but seating is limited and RSVPs are encouraged. Doors will open at 5:00pm and seating will be honored in order of RSVP. Refreshments will be served.

 

To RSVP or for more information please contact Kathryn Evans at 310.395.2290 or kevans@santamonicahistory.org.

Special Holiday Schedule – 02/13/16 – 02/15/16

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In observance of President’s Day, the Santa Monica History Museum will be closed February 13th through February 15th.

We look forward to seeing you at the museum when we open again on Tuesday, February 16th!

Psst, our online archives are never closed! You can see over 6,000 historical images by clicking here.

Hands on History FREE Workshop – 02/20/16

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The Santa Monica History Museum is excited to invite children and their families to our FREE Hands on History workshop on Saturday, February 20th from 11am to 12pm at the Santa Monica History Museum at 1350 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Children and their parents are invited to this free series held on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 11am to 12pm. The theme of February’s workshop will be African American History month. There will be a short, age-appropriate lesson in the galleries followed by a related craft activity.

 

Hands on History is offered by the museum on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 11am to 12pm. Each session includes a history lesson and a correlated craft or activity. Each workshop is designed to be engaging and educational for elementary age (5 – 11 years) children. Topics for the workshops will rotate throughout the year to feature relevant, seasonal lessons and activities. RSVP is requested, registration is available at the door. Every workshop is offered free of charge.

 

Requests for additional information can be directed to Kathryn Evans, Development & Museum Manager at kevans@santamonicahistory.org or 310.395.2290.