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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Upcoming Events

Saint John’s Health Center:
75 Years of Healing, Discovery and Service to the Community


In recognition of the 75th anniversary of Providence Saint John’s Health Center, the Santa Monica History Museum will host an exhibit detailing the Health Center’s founding and development to open on Friday, November 17. The exhibit, Saint John’s Health Center: 75 Years of Healing, Discovery and Service to the Community, will display unique artifacts and photographs from the Center’s archive, which has been carefully tended by the Sisters of Charity since the 1940s. Highlights include the contents of time capsules, the first of which was interred behind the hospital’s first cornerstone in 1942, as well as original correspondence, photos and artifacts such as a Bing Crosby recording dedicated to Saint John’s.

In 1938, medical professionals from Santa Monica partnered with the Sisters of Charity to build a new hospital. Opening its doors during World War II in October 1942, Saint John’s initially faced challenges due to wartime shortages. The postwar baby boom in the mid-1940s, however, was a blessing to the young facility—earning it the nickname, “Maternity home by the sea.” As it expanded, the hospital consistently recruited leading doctors from a wide variety of specialties and backgrounds. As a nonprofit, fundraising was and continues to be essential for sustaining Saint John’s. Hollywood stars Irene Dunne and Jimmy Stewart, in particular, were integral in sharing news about the wonderful community at Saint John’s and in recruiting additional supporters.

St. John's Health Center

Exhibit Dates
November 17, 2017 through January 27, 2018

Museum & Exhibit Hours
Tuesday & Thursday – Noon to 8:00 PM
Wednesday, Friday & Saturday – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday & Monday – CLOSED

Admission Prices
Adults – $10.00
Couples – $15.00
Seniors – $5.00
Students – $5.00
Children (12 & under) – FREE
Veterans & Active Duty – FREE
Museum Members – FREE

Group Tours
Group tours can be arranged by calling (310) 395-2290.
Special pricing is available for groups of 6 or more people.

Exhibit made possible through the generous support of our sponsor.

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