Did you know that the Monrovia Historical Museum building was once the City’s Municipal Swimming Pool? Or that there’s a castle in Glendora? Lots can be learned at our local museums!
Monrovia Historical Museum
This museum tells the history of Monrovia through pictures and exhibits, including information about the tribes that first lived in the area. There are also displays about life in the 1900s and information about how the city contributed to WW1 and WW2. The museum opens Thursdays and Sundays from 1 pm to 4 pm. Thirty minute guided tours are available. Admission is free and donations accepted.
742 East Lemon Ave, Monrovia CA 91016 / [email protected]
Duarte Historical Society & Museum
Right now the Duarte Museum has a display that features local African Americans who have contributed to the development of Duarte and Monrovia. It was set up in February in celebration of Black History Month, but it will remain through March. The Museum is open Saturdays from 2 pm to 4 pm and the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 1 pm to 3 pm. Admission is free.
777 Encanto Parkway, Duarte CA / (626) 358-0329
Durrell House Museum in Azusa
This museum is operated by the Azusa Historical Society. It’s housed in a colonial craftsman style home that was built in 1923 by the once Azusa mayor, M.T. Durrell. The house was moved from its original location to Veteran’s Freedom Park. The museum opens every Sunday from 1 pm to 3 pm, except holidays.
729 N. Dalton Ave, Azusa CA 91702 / (626) 334-1382
Rubel Castle in Glendora
This is an interesting location that you need to pre-plan for, as you must schedule a tour and walk-ins are not allowed. The tours are 2-hours long and take you through the castle, and even its cemetery. The tour is $10 for adults and $5 for kids, but keep in mind that it may be too long for young children. It’s not a castle as in Buckingham Palace, but it’s a really neat structure, the brainchild of a whimsical guy. Learn more about it here.
844 N. Live Oak Ave, Glendora CA 91741 / (626) 963-0419