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 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, Stagecoach Barn and Improbably Gateway Exhibition; advance reservation are required and must be made by phone five days in advance.

Kidsguide Tip: Victorian Christmas will be held on December 3, 2022. Visitors can walk through the museum, ride in a horse drawn carriage, visit with Santa and enjoy food vendors. The event is free.



The Banning Museum
401 East M Street
Wilmington, CA 90744
(310) 548-7777

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