The Banning Museum
In the heart of Wilmington sits a little-known treasure, The Banning Museum – a great place to spend the afternoon with family and friends.
Home to Phineas Banning – entrepreneur, the founder of the city of Wilmington, and “the Father of the Port of Los Angeles” – the 23-room house was built in 1864. In 1927 the residence, stagecoach barn, and the surrounding 20 acres of parkland were acquired by the City of Los Angeles, and the residence is now a National Historic Landmark.
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 at the regularly scheduled times. 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.
Guided Museum Tours:
Tuesday – Thursday: 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Closed on national holidays.