Green Monster

Historical Sites

Rancho Los Cerritos

Long Beach – Rancho Los Cerritos is a historic site that includes an 1844 adobe home, lush gardens, a research library, and rotating exhibits. Special events are held throughout the year, as well as a summer camp for both elementary- and middle school-aged kids. Read More

Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum

Rancho Dominguez – The museum offers a variety of weekend programming for children, families and adults as well as historical reenactments. Public and private tours of the Adobe, and scout programs are available, plus tours of the gardens that include rose and cactus gardens and orchards. Read More

Drum Barracks Civil War Museum

Wilmington – The Drum Barracks served as the Union Army headquarters for Southern California and the Arizona Territory from 1861-1871. Tour of the courtyard, parlor, armory, barracks room and more! Open for tours only, by appointment. Read More

Heritage Hill Historical Park

Lake Forest – The park’s 4.1 acres includes four fully-restored and furnished historic buildings that span the early history of the Saddleback Valley and El Toro area: Serrano Adobe, El Toro Grammar School, St. George’s Episcopal Mission and the Harvey Bennett Ranch House. Read More

Heritage Museum of OC

Santa Ana – Home to the H. Clay Kellogg House and John Maag Farmhouse. It is free to walk the grounds and a charge of $5-7 to tour the house. Open on Sundays, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Blacksmith demonstrations are usually held. Read More

Homestead Museum

City of Industry – Located in the heart of a former Mexican rancho, the site offers two historic houses, gardens and one of the oldest private cemeteries in Southern California. Read More

Lincoln Memorial Shrine

Redlands – 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. Read More

Mission San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capaistrano – Guided and audio tours are available and walk you through 10 acres of museum rooms, exhibits, gardens, fountains and more, providing details of California’s early history. Read More

Point Fermin Lighthouse

San Pedro – Built in 1874, the Point Fermin Lighthouse was the first navigational light into the San Pedro Bay. Guided tours are offered; call or visit the website for details. Read More

Rancho Los Alamitos

Long Beach – The site includes a ranch house (ca. 1790-1933), four acres of lush historic gardens, an interpretive center, and a restored barnyard with livestock including horses, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, and rabbits. Read More

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

Yorba Linda – The grounds feature Richard Nixon’s original birthplace and boyhood home, Marine One, the presidential helicopter, the White House East Room and an exact replica of President Nixon’s Oval Offic, Pat Nixon Gardens, and a new outdoor exhibit: The President and the Planet, Nixon’s Environmental Legacy. Read More

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

Simi Valley – The 18 galleries pay tribute to America’s 40th president. Visitors will see the actual Air Force One that flew seven presidents, a full-size replica of President Reagan’s Oval Office, the Berlin Wall, F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter plane, and a new exhibit, FBI from Al Capone to Al-Qaeda. Read More

The Banning Museum

Wilmington – Learn how families lived, worked, and entertained in the 19th century. Visit the residence built in 1864 and surrounding 20 acres of parkland. Plus, explore the Improbable Gateway Exhibition, which takes visitors on a journey to learn how a shallow muddy harbor became the Port of Los Angeles. Read More