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

Please Note
The museum will be CLOSED October 2nd through October 7th for exhibit installation.

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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.

Free Admission Day – 9/8/16

Free Admission Day 9.8.16

Please join us for free admission day on Thursday, September 8th from noon to 8:00pm.

 

The central exhibit gallery has been refreshed with displays of thematic vignettes that explore various aspects of Santa Monica’s history. The vignettes include artifacts from Edgemar Farms and the Imperial Ice Company, the 1932 and 1984 Olympics, as well as Pacific Ocean Park and Miss Santa Monica. Items of note on display are the antique tools that were used to build the first fence and pergola in Palisades Park and vintage medical equipment.

 

New on display is the wheel from the notorious gambling ship Rex. In addition to the central gallery exhibits, the museum’s “Old Santa Monica” room traces the early history and development of the City.

 

With free admission, all are welcome to visit, bring family and friends, and enjoy a day of appreciating our local history and culture.

 

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

CLOSED Labor Day Weekend

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Please note the museum will be closed September 3rd through September 5th in observance of Labor Day. We look forward to seeing you when the museum opens again on Tuesday, September 6th!

Rex Wheel on Display Now!

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The steering wheel from the notorious Rex gambling ship has been added to our permanent exhibit. In addition to the wheel, the display features photographs, a matchbook, poker chip, and original advertisements. The museum looks forward to sharing this infamous story from Santa Monica’s history with all museum guests.

 

The Rex gambling ship was the brainchild of bootlegger and gambling entrepreneur, Tony Cornero. In 1937 Cornero purchased the then-named Star of Scotland, renamed the ship the Rex, and set about a bow-to-stern renovation to transform the ship into his floating pleasure palace. On May 5, 1938, anchored three and one-half miles from the Santa Monica shoreline (purportedly in international waters), well within view of land, the Rex opened for business and became an instant success.

 

Guests flocked to the Rex for its promise of grandeur and illicit entertainment. In addition to gambling, Cornero and the Rex offered dancing, drinking, and dining – a five course meal could be had for $1.25, $1.50 for a deluxe menu. Water taxis ran regularly bringing enthusiastic patrons out to sea to happily part with their money. The Rex was short-lived and soon became mired in legal battles spearheaded by then-Attorney General Earl Warren, which led to the “Battle of Santa Monica Bay” and the eventual demise of the Rex and gambling in Santa Monica. Visit the Santa Monica History Museum to learn more about this fascinating story of entrepreneurship, vice, and the triumph of law and order in Santa Monica Bay.

Hands on History – 8/20/16

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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, August 20th 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 Pacific Ocean Park. In operation from 1958 to 1967 Pacific Ocean Park inspires many fond memories among Santa Monica Bay area locals. Designed as a competitor to Disneyland, Pacific Ocean Park featured fantastical under-water and space-age inspired rides and attractions. Join us on Saturday, August 20th to learn more about this wonderland of amusement that once stood on the beach south of the Santa Monica Pier. After a lesson in the galleries, attendees will use paper tearing art techniques to make their own representations of seaside entertainment.

Hands on History is offered by the Santa Monica History 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.

 

Please RSVP for this workshop to (310) 395-2290 or kevans@santamonicahistory.org

 

Free Admission Day – 8/11/16

Free Admission Day 8.11.16

 

The Santa Monica History Museum is excited to announce it will offer free admission on Thursday, August 11th, 2016 from noon to 8pm at the Santa Monica History Museum at 1350 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. All are invited to visit on this day to take advantage of free admission to the museum’s six galleries.

 

The Santa Monica History Museum is excited for visitors to see its newly refreshed central exhibit gallery with displays of thematic vignettes that explore various aspects of Santa Monica’s history. The vignettes include artifacts from Edgemar Farms and the Imperial Ice Company, the 1932 and 1984 Olympics, as well as Pacific Ocean Park and Miss Santa Monica. Items of note on display are the antique tools that were used to build the first fence and pergola in Palisades Park and vintage medical equipment.  In addition to the new central gallery exhibits, the museum is debuting the “Old Santa Monica” room which traces the early history and development of the City. With free admission, all are welcome to visit, bring family and friends, and enjoy a day of appreciating our local history and culture.

 

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

Museum Awarded $2,000 Kiwanis Grant

Santa Monica History Museum Awarded $2,000 Grant from the Santa Monica Kiwanis Club

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Kathryn Evans, Santa Monica History Museum Development and Museum Manager accepts grant from Jessica Handy, President of the Santa Monica Kiwanis Club.

The Santa Monica History Museum has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Santa Monica Kiwanis Club to support the museum’s The Magic of History youth education programs. Jessica Handy, Santa Monica Kiwanis Club President, presented the check to museum Development and Museum Manager, Kathryn Evans on behalf of the Santa Monica Kiwanis Club at the Santa Monica Kiwanis Club meeting on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

The generous grant funding will be put to work right away helping to produce the museum’s popular The Magic of History youth education programs. This grant will make possible the continuation of exciting and engaging history programming for the youth in our community. These funds will especially allow the museum to continue providing customized tours that compliment school class curriculum and youth group areas of focus as well as the development of informative and fun Hands on History workshops offered on the third Saturday of each month at the museum.

50 Cent Admission Now Thru 7/31

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The Santa Monica History Museum is excited to announce it will offer 50 cent admission to the museum for the rest of the month of July. The original lots in Santa Monica were auctioned off to the public in July of 1875 – 141 years ago! In celebration of the City’s anniversary museum admission, normally $10.00 for general admission, will be 50 cents, the price that it would have been in 1875.

To take the celebration a step further, the museum is offering individual and household memberships (normally $40.00 and $50.00, respectively) for $18.75 during the entire month of July. Now is the perfect time to become a member of the museum and support the preservation and promotion of our rich, local history! You can get more information about museum membership by calling (310) 395-2290 or clicking here.

All are invited to the museum to take part in this special celebration. What better way to commemorate the city of Santa Monica’s 141st anniversary than with a visit to the Santa Monica History Museum’s six exhibit galleries? General admission is normally $10, but in celebration of the city of Santa Monica’s anniversary admission for adults, seniors, and students will be 50 cents. 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.-290 or kevans@santamonicahistory.org.