Heritage Square is a living history museum reflecting the settlement and development of Southern California from the Civil War to the early 20th Century, we offer visitors a look into the everyday lives of Southern Californians at the close of the 19th Century.
Guided tours of the museum are supplemented by special events, such as Museums of the Arroyo Day®, which take our guests back in time to the era where electricity was a novelty, a trip to the beach was often a full-weekend activity, and manners were distinctly different from those of today.
The eight historic structures located at the museum, constructed during the Victorian Era, were saved from demolition and serve as a perfect background to educate the public about Southern California's early development. From the simplicity of the Octagon House to the opulence of the Perry Mansion, the Museum provides a unique look at the lifestyles of the people who contributed so much to the development of modern Los Angeles.
The museum is open to the general public every Friday-Sunday and most Holiday Mondays from 12 to 5pm. Due to Daylight Savings Time, hours will vary from November to March (11:30 to 4:30pm). Tours depart from the Palms Depot on the hour and their is no admittance after the last tour has begun. Please note that special events at the museum will affect operation hours.
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