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History and Heritage of the Southland

Destination(s): Los Angeles

Visiting gives us a chance to view both the present state of a place and also opportunities to glimpse history, the past of a locale and its culture. Below are locations that celebrate the heritage of the American West and the history of Los Angeles; included are historic buildings, famous cemeteries, and museums. For more notable destinations, also see our guides L.A. Architecture and L.A. Art Deco.

Day 1: Westside
Day 2: Closer to downtown
Day 3: Pasadena and eastward
Day 4: Farther flung

Photo of Skull Rock, Disneyland 1979 courtesy of Gene Spesard read more about History and Heritage of the Southland

Adamson House

Adamson House

  • 23200 Pacific Coast Highway
  • tel:+1 310 456 8432
  • Visit website
  • Malibu, 90265
SouthWest Museum

SouthWest Museum

  • 234 Museum Drive
  • tel:+1 323 221 2164
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90065
Los Encinos State Historic Park

Los Encinos State Historic Park

  • 16756 Moorpark St.
  • tel:310-454-8212
  • Visit website
  • Encino, 91436
California Heritage Museum

California Heritage Museum

  • 2612 Main Street
  • tel:+1 310 392 8537
  • Visit website
  • Santa Monica, 90405
Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills

Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills

  • 6300 Forest Lawn Drive
  • tel:+1 323 254 7251 / +1 800 204 3131 (Toll Free)
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90068
Heritage Square Museum

Heritage Square Museum

  • 3800 Homer Street
  • Lincoln Heights
  • tel:+1 323 225 2700
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90042
Mission San Fernando

Mission San Fernando

  • 15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd
  • Mission Hills
  • tel:818/361-0186
  • Visit website
  • Mission Hills, 91345
Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura

  • 1450 Ocean Avenue
  • Senior Recreation Center
  • tel:(310) 458 8644
  • Visit website
  • Santa Monica, 90407
Hollywood Heritage Museum

Hollywood Heritage Museum

  • 2100 North Highland Avenue
  • tel:+1 323 874 4005
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90068
Mission San Gabriel Arcangel

Mission San Gabriel Arcangel

  • 428 S. Mission Dr
  • San Gabriel (15 min. south of Pasadena)
  • tel:626/457-3048
  • Visit website
  • San Gabriel, 91776
William S. Hart Park

William S. Hart Park

  • 24151 San Fernando Road
  • Newhall
  • tel:+1 661 259 0855 / +1 661 254 4584
  • Visit website
  • Newhall, 91321
Will Rogers State Historical Park

Will Rogers State Historical Park

  • 1501 Will Rogers State Park Road
  • tel:+1 310 454 8212
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90272
Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Bowl

  • 2301 N. Highland Ave
  • tel:323 850 2000
  • Visit website
  • Hollywood, 90068
El Molino Viejo

El Molino Viejo

  • 1120 Old Mill Road
  • tel:+1 626 449 5458
  • Visit website
  • San Marino, 91108
Catalina Island Museum

Catalina Island Museum

Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery

Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery

  • 1218 Glendon Avenue
  • (South of Wilshire)
  • tel:+1 310 474 1579
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90024
Autry National Center - Museum of the American West

Autry National Center - Museum of the American West

  • 4700 Western Heritage Way
  • (Griffith Park)
  • tel:+1 323 667 2000
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90027-1462
El Alisal

El Alisal

  • 200 E. Ave. 43
  • Highland Park
  • tel:323/222-0546
  • Visit website
  • Highland Park, 90031
Greystone Mansion and Park

Greystone Mansion and Park

  • 905 Loma Vista Drive
  • tel:(310) 550-4796
  • Visit website
  • Beverly Hills, 90210
Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

  • 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
  • tel:+1 323 469 1181
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90038
Forest Lawn Museum of Mexican and American History

Forest Lawn Museum of Mexican and American History

  • 1712 South Glendale Boulevard
  • (Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills)
  • tel:+1 800 204 3131
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 91205
Grier Musser Museum

Grier Musser Museum

  • 403 South Bonnie Brae St
  • tel:+1 213 413 1814
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90057
Angelus Temple

Angelus Temple

  • 1100 Glendale Boulevard
  • tel:+1 213 484 1100
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90026
Chinese Historical Society

Chinese Historical Society

  • 411 Bernard Street
  • tel:+1 323 222 0856
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90012
Avila Adobe

Avila Adobe

  • 10 East Olvera Street
  • tel:+1 213 680 2525
  • Los Angeles, 90012
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument

  • Enter El Pueblo Historic Monument via Alameda St. across from Union Station
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90021
Our Lady Queen of Angels/La Placita

Our Lady Queen of Angels/La Placita

  • 535 North Main Street
  • tel:+1 213 629 3101
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90012
Sepulveda House

Sepulveda House

  • W-12 Olvera Street
  • tel:+1 213 624 7300(Tourist Information)
  • Los Angeles, 90012
Historic Theater District

Historic Theater District

  • Along Broadway between 3rd and 9th streets
  • tel:+1 213 623 2489 (Los Angeles Conservancy)
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90014
Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles

  • 506 S Grand Ave
  • Between 5th and 6th Sts
  • tel:+1 213 624 1011 / +1 800 245 8673 (Reservations)
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90071
Old Plaza Firehouse

Old Plaza Firehouse

  • 501 North Los Angeles Street
  • tel:+1 213 625 3741
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90012
Doheny Mansion and Chester Place

Doheny Mansion and Chester Place

  • 10 Chester Place
  • Mount St. Mary's College
  • tel:+1 213 477 2962
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90007
Los Angeles Conservancy

Los Angeles Conservancy

  • 523 West 6th Street
  • Suite 826
  • tel:+1 213 623 2489
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90014