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 January 19th through January 23rd for the installation of a new exhibit.

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New Exhibit – COMING SOON!

 

The Santa Monica History Museum is honored to celebrate the history of the Girl Scouts of the USA with its latest exhibit: The Journey of Girl Scouts: Empowering Young Women. The exhibit will open Tuesday, January 24, 2017 and be on display until Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Visitors are invited to view documents, photographs, uniforms, memorabilia, a replica campsite, and other artifacts that will bring the history of the Girl Scouts of the USA to life.

 

Hands on History – 1/14

 

The Santa Monica History Museum is excited to invite children and their families to our FREE Hands on History workshop on Saturday, January 14th from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Santa Monica History Museum at 1350 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. The theme of January’s workshop will be Chinese New Year. There will be a short, age-appropriate lesson in the galleries followed by a related craft activity.

 

The roots of Chinese American heritage run deep in Southern California. The first US census after California’s statehood, taken in 1850, shows two Chinese residents living in Los Angeles. This Hands on History workshop will explore the history of the Chinese American community in Santa Monica and Southern California, including the celebration of Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year, or the lunar New Year, begins on January 28, 2017. 2017 will be a year of the rooster. After a lesson in the galleries, participants will move to the museum lobby where they will create a fun, festive rooster craft to take home.

 

Children and their parents are invited to our free Hands on History workshop series held monthly from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. 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 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.

Free Admission Day – 1/12/17

The Santa Monica History Museum will offer free admission on Thursday, January 12, 2017 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.

 

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. The Old Soldiers’ Home exhibit will only be on display through Wednesday, January 18, 2017 – don’t miss this chance to see it before it is gone!

 

Free admission includes both the museum’s permanent and temporary exhibits. 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 Holiday Schedule

 

We hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season! Please note our special schedule of museum closures for the holidays.

Hands on History – 12/17

 

The Santa Monica History Museum is excited to invite children and their families to our FREE Hands on History workshop on Saturday, December 17th from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM 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 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

 

From the Long Wharf, which served as the first Port of Los Angeles, to the recently opened Expo Line, rail has been a part of Santa Monica since the City’s early years. December’s workshop will cover the history of rail in Santa Monica. There will be a short, age-appropriate lesson in the galleries followed by a related craft activity.

 

RSVP is requested for planning purposes. Please RSVP for this workshop by calling (310) 395-2290 or emailing kevans@santamonicahistory.org.

KCET Promotion in December

 

Are you a KCET member? During the month of December, show your member card and receive 2-for-1 admission to the Santa Monica History Museum! We hope to see you soon!

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

AFM attendees

 

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.