The Banning Museum

Home to Phineas Banning – entrepreneur, the founder of the city of Wilmington, and “the Father of the Port of Los Angeles.”

The Banning Museum engages visitors in a living-history experience, showing how the family lived, worked, and entertained in the 19th century. Take an introductory tour of the residence and grounds. Plus, explore the Improbable Gateway Exhibition, which takes visitors on a journey to learn how a shallow muddy harbor became the world-class Port of Los Angeles; what is was like to travel by stagecoach; and how the first railroad in Southern California came to be.

No reservations are necessary except for groups of ten or larger. Tours are free; suggested donation, $5 for adults and $1 for children.



401 East M St., Wilmington
(310) 548-7777