Museum Phone:
(310) 395-2290

Museum Address:
1350 7th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Museum Hours:
Temporarily closed to the public

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Upcoming Events

People of the Earth:
Life and Culture of the Tongva

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Join the Santa Monica History Museum for our newest exhibit exploring the history and cultural influence of the Tongva/Gabrielino people, the original residents of the Santa Monica Bay area who have lived in the area for about 7,000 years. The exhibit displays artifacts from everyday life ranging from musical instruments to fishing nets woven from milkweed fiber.

Topics include:

  • Community and social structure
  • Use of plants (for food, medicine, tools, and musical instruments)
  • Methods for building huts and canoes
  • Profiles of significant figures, such as Toypurina 
  • The disruption of life due to the forced move to the San Gabriel Mission
  • Indigenous people in contemporary times
  • Bringing awareness to the local native population


Exhibit Dates
February 9, 2018 through May 5, 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.