Historical Sites

Tours (guided and self guided) and workshops, plus yearly family events and living history programs. School and scout tours are available.
 
Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum (310) 603-0088
Museum offers tours of the Adobe to the public every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday and on the first Thursday and Friday of the month. Free admission. 18127 S. Alameda St., Rancho Dominguez. www.dominguezrancho.org
 
Drum Barracks Civil War Museum (310) 548-7509
Guided tours only. Closed Monday and Friday. $5, suggested donation. 1052 Banning Blvd., Wilmington. www.drumbarracks.org
 
Heritage Hill Historical Park (949) 923-2230
Historic interpretive center, Serrano Ranch Adobe, El Toro Grammar School from 1890 and St. George’s Mission. 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest. www.ocparks.com/historic/heritage
 
Heritage Museum of OC (714) 540-0404
Visit a working blacksmith shop, a rancho home, the Kellogg House and gardens. Closed Monday – Thursday. Admission: $5-7. 3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana. www.heritagemuseumoc.org
 
Homestead Museum (626) 968-8492
Guided tours only. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Free admission; donations welcome. 15415 E. Don Julian Road, City of Industry. www.homesteadmuseum.org
 
Mission San Juan Capistrano (949) 234-1300
Admission: $6-9; includes audio tour. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano. www.missionsjc.com
 
Pio Pico Historic Park Adobe(562) 695-1217
Closed Monday – Friday. Free admission and parking. 6003 Pioneer Blvd., Whittier. tinyurl.com/piopicohistoricpark
 
Point Fermin Lighthouse (310) 241-0684
Guided tours of the historic 1874 lighthouse. Closed Mondays. Free admission; donations requested. 807 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro. www.pointferminlighthouse.org
 
Rancho Los Alamitos (562) 431-3541
Closed Monday and Tuesday. Free admission. The ranch house will be closed for seismic reinforcement, April – October, the gardens and barns will remain open. 6400 E. Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach. www.rancholosalamitos.org
 
Rancho Los Cerritos (562) 206-2040
Family events and tours are offered throughout the year. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Free admission. Summer camps are also offered for ages 6-10 and 11-13 (see Camps). 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach. www.rancholoscerritos.org. Connect via Facebook at facebook.com/rancholosc, on Twitter @rancholosc or on Instagram @rancholoscerritos.
 
The Banning Museum (310) 548-7777
1864 mansion and 20 acres of grounds. Closed Monday and Friday. Admission, $1-5. 401 East M St., Wilmington. www.thebanningmuseum.org