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1350 7th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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Museum closed – Saturday, Oct. 20th

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

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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.

Now Open! New Exhibit on the Tongva People

Our newest exhibit, People of the Earth: Life and Culture of the Tongva, will open on February 9th.

The exhibit will explore the history and cultural influence of the Tongva people, the original residents of the Santa Monica Bay area, who have lived in the area for 7,000 years. The exhibit will display artifacts from everyday life ranging from musical instruments to fishing nets woven from milkweed fiber.

Topics will include community and social structure, use of plants, building methods, and profiles of significant figures. The exhibit will also cover the presence of indigenous people today, and ongoing efforts to bring awareness to the local native population.

Join us this February in welcoming the first new exhibit of 2018!

2017 Annual Gala Tribute Dinner

“Every Little Breeze Seems to Whisper Louise”

Santa Monica History Annual Gala Tribute Dinner

 

 

Free Evenings at the Museum

Join us after work or just before dinner for a free evening at the museum!

KCRW Exhibit Preview and Reception May 23rd

We hope you’ll join us for this very special evening!

May 23rd, 2017 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm, the Santa Monica History Museum will be celebrating the opening of our newest exhibit:

70 Years on the Air: KCRW is New as Ever

The evening is sure to be exciting!  Guests are invited to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, tour our newest exhibit before its public opening, and hear from our special guest speaker, KCRW producer and host, Matt Holzman.

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

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

New Exhibit! Shirley Temple: The Depression’s Box Office Doll

 

The Santa Monica History Museum is excited to announce it will display an extensive Shirley Temple exhibition from Thursday, April 6th, until Saturday, May 13th, at the Santa Monica History Museum.

Shirley Temple: The Depression’s Box Office Doll, the Museum’s third exhibit to honor the Santa Monica native,  will be the first to bring together a stunning collection of Ideal dolls released during Temple’s childhood career. Dolls on display include those owned by Shirley as well as those sold in her image during the 1930s, when earnings from licensed merchandise matched that of her income as an actress. The exhibit will also feature original movie costumes and posters, personal clothing, photos, correspondence, memorabilia, and much more! Among the treasures on display will be iconic costumes, including her red polka-dot dress from the 1934 film “Stand Up and Cheer!” and the plaid dress Temple wore while performing “On the Good Ship Lollipop.” Artifacts on display also include Shirley’s personal correspondence with President and First Lady Roosevelt, photos of her as a child, and original birth certificate from Santa Monica Hospital.

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: The Depression’s Box Office Doll will be an exquisite tribute to her career and legacy during the 1930s.