Museum Phone
(310) 395-2290

Museum Address
1350 7th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Museum Hours
Tuesday & Thursday: 12pm – 8pm
Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday & Monday: CLOSED

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Holiday Open House – 12/8

2016 Holiday Open House

 

The Santa Monica History Museum is excited to announce our holiday open house will be held on Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Museum admission will be free all day and guests of all ages are welcome to join us for festive fun. In addition to our exhibits, we will have treats and refreshments as well as holiday music and a slideshow of historical holiday photos. For more information please call Kathryn Evans at (310) 395-2290.

Hands on History – 11/19

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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, November 19th from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Santa Monica History Museum at 1350 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. This workshop will celebrate Native American Heritage Month.

 

When Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portola set up a camp for his party to rest near modern-day Santa Monica in 1769, this area was populated by the Tongva Gabrielino Native Americans. During this Hands on History workshop participants will learn more about the original inhabitants of this area and what their daily life was like. After the lesson in the galleries, participants will move to the museum lobby where they will get a chance to play with replica Native American toys and games.

 

Please RSVP for this workshop to Kathryn Evans, Development & Museum Manager at kevans@santamonicahistory.org or (310) 395-2290.

American Film Market Promotion

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American Film Market and conferences attendees receive half-price admission when they show their conference badge at the museum November 2nd – November 9th!

Free Admission on Election Day – 11/8

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The Santa Monica History Museum is excited to announce it will offer free admission on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 2016 to the Santa Monica History Museum at 1350 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. In honor of the Presidential Election, all visitors who show their “I voted” sticker will receive free 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 on the history of the Old Soldiers’ Home – now known as the Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles Medical Center. The exhibit, The Old Soldiers’ Home: A Veterans’ Community by the Sea, details the history of the Old Soldiers’ Home, the ways in which it has changed over the years, and the veterans and nearby residents who helped build this community. Photographs, documents, military uniforms, and other historical artifacts will bring the history of the Veterans Affairs facility to life. Objects for this exhibit come from the museum’s collections as well as from the private collection of the Bandini family. Free admission includes access to both the permanent and temporary exhibits.

 

General admission is normally $10, but in celebration of the election visitors who show their “I voted” sticker will receive free admission on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. For more information please contact Kathryn Evans at (310) 395-2290 or kevans@santamonicahistory.org.

Discover the History – 11/9

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The Santa Monica History Museum is excited to announce the next lecture in its free Discover the History lecture series will be Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 at 7:00pm at the Santa Monica History Museum at 1350 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. This lecture will focus on the history of the Old Soldiers’ Home – now known as the Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles Medical Center. The speakers will be Ricardo Bandini Johnson of the Bandini Foundation and Hero’s Golf Course and Andrew Carrillo of the Bandini Foundation and Past President of the Santa Monica Historical Society.

The speakers will cover the history of the VA campus in West Los Angeles from its original deed by Arcadia Bandini de Baker, wife of Santa Monica co-founder Colonel Robert S. Baker and Senator John P. Jones, Santa Monica co-founder to the state-of-the-art facility it is today. The lecture will be an engaging and educational evening detailing this storied fixture of our local landscape. The lecture is offered free to the public, but seating is limited and RSVPs are encouraged. To RSVP or for more information please contact Kathryn Evans at (310) 395-2290 or kevans@santamonicahistory.org.

 

Click here to learn more!

Hands on History – 10/15

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You’re invited to our next Hands on History workshop on Saturday, October 15th at 11:00 AM at the Santa Monica History Museum! This workshop will focus on the history of veterans in our community.

Located on land originally deeded for use by veterans in 1888 by Arcadia Bandini Stearns de Baker and Senator John P. Jones, the Veteran’s Affairs medical center in West Los Angeles has grown into a hub of activity and care for those who have served our country.

Join us on Saturday, October 15th to experience the newly opened special exhibit detailing the history of the Old Soldiers’ Home including photographs and artifacts that help tell the story of veterans in this area.

After the lesson in the galleries, participants will move to the museum lobby where they will create cards to be sent to veterans and active-duty service members to be received in time for Veteran’s Day.

The workshop is FREE, but we do ask that you please RSVP for planning purposes. You can RSVP to Kathryn at kevans@santamonicahistory.org or (310) 395-2290.

We hope you will join us on Saturday, October 15th from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM!

Free Admission Day – 10/13

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The Santa Monica History Museum will offer free admission on Thursday, October 13th from noon to 8:00 PM.

 

This is a great opportunity to see the museum’s new The Old Soldiers’ Home: A Veterans’ Community by the Sea exhibit. You can learn more about the exhibit by clicking here.

 

We hope to see you at the museum on Thursday, October 13th!

Museum Closed 10/2-10/7

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Please note that the Santa Monica History Museum will be closed Sunday, October 2nd through Friday, October 7th to install a new exhibit: The Old Soldiers’ Home: A Veterans’ Community by the Sea.

The Old Soldiers’ Home: A Veterans’ Community by the Sea exhibit opens to the public on Saturday, October 8th. You can learn more about the exhibit by clicking here.

 

New Exhibit COMING SOON

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We’re busy at work putting the finishing touches on our next temporary exhibit: The Old Soldiers’ Home: A Veterans’ Community by the Sea! The exhibit will open on Saturday, October 8th and will feature photographs and artifacts that tell the history of the Veterans Affairs campus in West Los Angeles. We hope you will save the date to join us!

 

There will be a special members-only preview of the exhibit on Friday, October 7th. Not a member of the museum yet? Its not too late! You can join by clicking here.

 

You can learn more about this exhibit by clicking here.

Hands on History – 9/17/16

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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, September 17th from 11am to 12pm at the Santa Monica History Museum at 1350 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. The theme of this workshop will be the rancho system in Southern California.

 

The Spanish and, later, Mexican governments encouraged the settlement of California through a land grant system. Land grant titles were government-issued, permanent, unencumbered property ownership rights to land called ranchos. Rancho boundaries became the basis for California’s land survey system, and their names often survive on modern maps and land titles.

 

RSVP is requested, registration is available at the door. Every workshop is offered free of charge.

 

Questions? Please contact Kathryn Evans, Development & Museum Manager at kevans@santamonicahistory.org or 310.395.2290.