The museum, housed in the West end of the Hermosa Beach Community Center at Pier Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway and operated by the Hermosa Beach Historical Society, was established in 1987 to preserve and chronicle the history of the community. It does just that with more than 3,000 items on display that represent the history and culture of Hermosa Beach. The museum’s collection includes photographs, postcards, newspapers and artifacts, much of it devoted to the portraying the beach and surf culture of a city founded in 1907.
Along with an extensive array of photos and a detailed account of the history of early Hermosa Beach, the museum’s exhibits include objects like building cornerstones, signs and traffic lights and displays that highlight the development of real estate, local transportation and entertainment icons.
With its focus on local culture, the museum has a Beach Culture room devoted to artifacts and photographs relating to ocean activities. Anchored by an authentic lifeguard tower, the collection includes surfboards, skateboards, wet suits and beach cruisers. There is also a photographic look back at local landmarks, including the Hermosa Beach Pier and the Surf & Sand Club.
Admission to the Hermosa Beach Historical Society Museum is free, and the doors are open from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and 2-4 p.m. on the weekends.
710 Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 Phone: 310-318-9421 hermosabeachhistoricalsociety.org