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Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum

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Address: 23200 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265
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+1 310-456-8432
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Wed - Fri 10:30 - 15:30
Sat 10:30 - 15:00

The historic home of Merritt Huntley Adamson, a local rancher, is set along...

The historic home of Merritt Huntley Adamson, a local rancher, is set along the beautiful Malibu coastline and is home to a museum that explores the history of Malibu.

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I take everyone visiting to LA to this. It is the original house of the Malibu ranch and right on the beach by the lagoon. The owner started the Malibu tile company in the 1930s... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I take everyone visiting to LA to this. It is the original house of the Malibu ranch and right on the beach by the lagoon. The owner started the Malibu tile company in the 1930s that specialized in California Spanish revival tile. The house is tile everywhere and an original. Worth the $5 for unique history. Be sure to check... More 

Thank Jan K
Rogers, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited at a time when the house was not open. LA doesn't have rain very often, but if it has been rainy at all, the house will be closed due to the mud. Be sure to call ahead because they can close the park a bit early.

Thank Robyn Y
Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

It was an interesting tour. Plus, if you park in the parking lot you can walk to the pier and enjoy the wonderful Malibu Farm restaurant.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

I visited the Adamson House during the week, so the museum was not available. My wife and I are very interested in Malibu, Spanish and Catalina tile because we own a 1930's Spanish style home. Even without access to the inside of the house, the property is beautiful and has placards along the path explaining things about the area and... More 

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Malibu, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

The Adamson House offers a unique view into the historical past of Malibu. It not only educates but is a direct window into the pioneering spirit required to first fall in love with, then affect and protect through wisdom, forethought, and action the place one calls home. Beautiful grounds where you can picnic within feet of this gorgeous stretch of... More 

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University Place, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

My friend and I returned signed up for the tour and it was two hours of total immersion into getting history and family of this incredible place. Probably because we only had 7 of us and we were all curious asking loads of questions our docent spent the extra half hour and what joy. The interior and history of both... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Historical site. Beautiful garden and flowers, closed to wild area with birds. comments interesting. children like and we will come again

Thank Etretat c
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

This place was owned by the Adamson family who owned ADOHR MILK FARMS way back when here in the LA are. It is a good place for a wedding and other things and is just a lovely place

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We heard about the Adamson House at a lecture we attended about California tile makers. We fought through the traffic on a Saturday and paid the house a visit. Our docent was excellent. He really knew the house and its history. I'm to sure I've ever seen a house with such an extensive installation of tile. The house is in... More 

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Calabasas, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

The Adamson House is a must-see attraction when visiting Malibu. It is filled with exquisite tile from the 1930s and gives a glimpse back in time, focusing on the history of the founding Malibu family. It is as if the owners just walked off and left the home, with all furnishings left in place. Unfortunately, the house is beginning to... More 

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The Malibu coastline is like a chameleon. In some areas it resembles the French Riviera with its lush, green hillsides descending into crescent-shaped shorelines. In others, it feels 100% Southern Californian with beaches wide and flat as a football field, and often crowded with beach-goers lounging on towels and playing volleyball. Other coastlines still feel secluded, tucked under tall cliffs and dotted with stunning rock formations. In certain areas, where the ocean waves are just right, surfers can be seen bobbing in the water. Up in the mountains to the east hikers take in truly stunning views of the ocean and the sprawling Los Angeles landscape. And along Pacific Coast Highway, restaurants are filled with visitors and locals from all walks of life. Stumble into the right place at the right time, and you’ll likely encounter a celebrity.
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