Santa Monica History Museum, Santa Monica

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
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  • The museum is located in the libruary complex and the parking is very reasonable, it cost us $2.00 to park for over one hour visit to the museum. The museum entrance fee is also reasonable, the...  more »
  • I was visiting this museum as I had lent the museum some Route 66 collectibles for an exhibition. The museum is not large but they do make the best with the space available. The museum staff is...  more »
  • We had fun and made incredible art project at the kid's workshop.
  • I spent about two hours at Santa Monica History Museum and left with a much better understanding of our city. It was especially interesting to learn about the Tongva tribe who lived in Santa Monica Bay as far back as 9,000 B.C. and creatively used tar from the nearby La Brea Tar Pit to waterproof their canoes. I also learned that movie star, Shirley Temple was born and raised in Santa Monica! The exhibits are freshly curated for a modern audience and I highly recommend taking a quick tour with one of the museum manager, David. They have a cute gift shop that sells items from local artists and authors like greeting cards, postcards and books. Pro Tips: - Ask their historian to conduct a free hour of research about a specific question if you leave wanting to know something more!

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