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Historical Sites

Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum

The museum offers tours of the Adobe to the public every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday of the month. Enjoy hearing about a wide range of topics from speakers in their Speaker Series, take a stroll in the grotto or garden, or take part in a historical reenactment.

Drum Barracks Civil War Museum

Enjoy exploring the past and present at the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum, housed in the last remaining original wooden building of the 22 structures built as a military post during the Civil War in the Los Angeles area. Take a guided tour of the courtyard, the parlor, the armory, and more Tuesday-Thursday or on the weekends.

Heritage Hill Historical Park

Heritage Hill Historical Park’s 4.1 acres includes four restored and furnished historic buildings that span the early history of the Saddleback Valley and El Toro area from the Mexican Rancho era. Guided tours through the buildings are provided. There are no fees for entrance or public tours of Heritage Hill Historical Park for groups of seven or less.

Heritage Museum of OC

At the Heritage Museum of Orange County there is a lot to see and explore. Visit a working blacksmith shop, a rancho home, take a walk in the gardens, or experience the Kellogg House, a late example of Queen Anne-style Victorian architecture.

Homestead Museum

Homestead Museum is located in the heart of a former Mexican rancho and offers free guided, 45-minute tours of two historic houses, Wednesday – Sunday.

Lincoln Memorial Shrine

The Lincoln Memorial Shrine is a museum and research facility dedicated to Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. The memorial commemorates the life of our 16th president with artwork and exhibits.

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Visit a historic chapel, landmark and museum at the San Juan Capistrano Mission. Guided tours, audio tours, and special tours for 4th graders are available. 

Pio Pico Historic Park Adobe

The five-acre park encompasses historic gardens and the restored adobe home of Pio Pico, the governor of California in 1832, and again in 1846 before and during the Mexican-American War. Guided tours of the adobe are offered by appointment only except on weekends, groups of 10 or more need to reserve ahead of time.

Point Fermin Lighthouse

The Point Fermin Lighthouse is near many local attractions in the Los Angeles Harbor area such as the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, the Cabrillio Marine Aquarium, and the Fort MacArthur Museum.

Rancho Los Alamitos

Rancho Los Alamitos is on a 7.5 acre site which includes four acres of nationally significant historic gardens, a ranch house (1790-1948), and restored barnyard of the early 20th century working ranch. Tour the ranch house and gardens, plus visit the farm animals (horses, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and rabbits).

Rancho Los Cerritos

Rancho Los Cerritos is a historic site that includes an 1844 adobe home, lush gardens, and rotating exhibits. Special events, such as Creation Stations, Mud Mania, and storytimes are held throughout the year. Summer camp is offered for both elementary- and middle school-aged kids. Guided tours are available, including Rancho Adventures, a special tour for families.

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

From his boyhood in Orange County to life in the White House, tour the presidential museum detailing the life and times of Richard Nixon. Enjoy tours of his original birthplace and childhood home; walk through Marine One; take in the splendor an exact replica of President Nixon’s Oval Office; explore the Pat Nixon Gardens; and pay respects at the final resting places of President and Mrs. Nixon.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

Walk onboard the actual Air Force One aircraft, view a full-size replica of President Reagan’s Oval Office, a piece of The Berlin Wall, and a first-of-its-kind hologram of our nation’s 40th President. Special exhibit: Egypt’s Lost Cities, through April 12.

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 was a 23-room house built in 1864. The museum engages visitors in a living-history experience, showing how the family lived, worked, and entertained in the 19th century.