Santa Monica Pleasure Pier: A Look Back to 1917 from Today

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November 5, 2019
to
February 22, 2020

The exhibition “Santa Monica Pleasure Pier: A Look Back to 1917 from Today”, a visual exploration by Michael Murphy and Jens Lucking, provides a unique opportunity to view the original photographs, plans, and drawings that Charles Looff created to solicit investment and other support for his popular new pier. Rare images and ephemera from the Stephen Raul Anaya Collection, show how Looff, more than a century ago, transformed Santa Monica’s now world-famous pier from municipal utility into the “Pleasure Pier,” the earliest iteration of today’s world-renonwned pier.

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Janice and Paul Shapiro

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Stephen Anaya
Michael Murphy
Jens Lucking

Santa Monica Pleasure Pier: A Look Back to 1917 from Today

SantaMonicaPleasurePier-1917-Today-vCVR

November 5, 2019
to
February 22, 2020

The exhibition “Santa Monica Pleasure Pier: A Look Back to 1917 from Today”, a visual exploration by Michael Murphy and Jens Lucking, provides a unique opportunity to view the original photographs, plans, and drawings that Charles Looff created to solicit investment and other support for his popular new pier. Rare images and ephemera from the Stephen Raul Anaya Collection, show how Looff, more than a century ago, transformed Santa Monica’s now world-famous pier from municipal utility into the “Pleasure Pier,” the earliest iteration of today’s world-renonwned pier.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Lead Sponsor


saint_johns_logo_S_CMYK

Click on logo for more information

Bronze Sponsor


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Click on logo for more information

Sea Plane Sponsor


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Click on logo for more information

Individual Sponsor

Janice and Paul Shapiro

Speacial thank you to

Stephen Anaya
Michael Murphy
Jens Lucking

Discover the History, Women’s Service Organizations, March 16th!

Discover the History: Women’s Service Organizations,  March 16th!

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Join us on Saturday, March 16th, from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM as we host a free panel discussion focusing on the history of local women’s service organizations, including the Philomatheans, an African American women’s organization founded in Santa Monica in 1921.

This discussion is free of charge, and includes free access to our galleries.

RSVP is suggested but not required. Please RSVP by emailing rsvp@santamonicahistory.org or calling (310) 395-2290.

We look forward to seeing you there!

This program is free and open to all ages. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis.  This event will be held at the Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th St, Santa Monica CA, 90401.  The museum can be reached by following routes to the Main Library.  The Main Library is served by Big Blue Bus routes 1, 7, R7, R10 and 18. Ride your bike? Bicycle parking racks are available at the library. The Santa Monica History Museum is wheelchair accessible.

Discover the History, Santa Monica Aviation, Jan. 10th!

Discover the History: Santa Monica Aviation,  January 10th!

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On Thursday, January 10th at 6:30 PM, join us for a very special panel discussion as we explore Santa Monica Aviation. The panel of experts will speak for 1 hour on the topic and, afterwards, will engage in a 30 minute Q&A with the audience. 

Panel Speakers:

  • Randy Bresnik – Fixed-wing and rotary-wing pilot, US Army 1st Air Cav, Vietnam Vet (2 tours), 1st Battlefield commission of the Vietnam War, retired Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Chief Pilot.
  • Kim Furst – Award winning Director/Producer/Editor of films including “Flying the Feathered Edge” featuring Harrison Ford & Bob Hoover. The film was the recipient of the Combs/Gates Award for the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Kim was also Editor of aviation documentary film “One Six Right”.

This discussion is free of charge, and includes free access to our galleries.

RSVP is suggested but not required. Please RSVP by emailing rsvp@santamonicahistory.org or calling (310) 395-2290.

We look forward to seeing you there!

This program is free and open to all ages. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis.  This event will be held at the Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th St, Santa Monica CA, 90401.  The museum can be reached by following routes to the Main Library.  The Main Library is served by Big Blue Bus routes 1, 7, R7, R10 and 18. Ride your bike? Bicycle parking racks are available at the library. The Santa Monica History Museum is wheelchair accessible.

 

Now Open! New Exhibit on the Santa Monica Airport

We invite you to join us for our newest exhibition, From Biplanes to Bombers: Santa Monica Airport’s First Fifty Years, 1917-1967. The museum presents the early history of the airport and its development over the years. Photographs of the World Cruisers, Amelia Earhart, and Douglas employees are on display . Artifacts on display includes Douglas Aircraft […]

Opening Soon! New Exhibit on the Santa Monica Airport

The Santa Monica History Museum is excited to announce it will display an exhibition exploring the rich history of Santa Monica Airport (SMO) from Saturday, October 13th, 2018, to February 23rd, 2019, at the Santa Monica History Museum at 1350 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. On Saturday, October 13th, the Santa Monica History Museum invites […]

Pier 360 June 23rd and 24th

Join us at the Santa Monica Pier
on June 23rd and June 24th!

Discover the History, June 30th!

Discover the History: A Conversation with Michael Murphy and Jens Lucking, June 30th!

Book Signing Event Thursday, May 24th!

Book Signing Event Thursday, May 24th!

Shirley Temple’s 90th Birthday Tea Party

Don’t miss this very special event and one-day-only exhibit of these historic cinematic treasures!

Join us
on Saturday, April 21st, 2018
from 12:00 to 2:30 PM
for a tea party celebrating the 90th anniversary of Shirley Temple’s birth,
featuring an exclusive one-day-only exhibit
of her newly reunited Little Princess costume-ensemble, plus a selection of iconic dresses and never-before-displayed items. A delicious traditional tea service will be served, including tea sandwiches, desserts, and a variety of teas and coffee.

Tickets: $35.00

Click here to visit our event page for more info and to purchase tickets!

All proceeds from this event and exhibit benefit the educational and preservation mission of the Santa Monica History Museum, a 501 c(3) nonprofit.

Still from ‘THE LITTLE PRINCESS’ Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox. All rights reserved.