The Monrovia Historical Museum Foundation acknowledges that we are on the traditional land of the Kizh-Gabrieleño People.
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The Monrovia Historical Museum occupies the building that once housed the city's Municipal Swimming Pool, known as the Monrovia Municipal Plunge or "The Plunge." The former dressing rooms now comprise our two exhibit wings, covering more than 8000 square feet.
The Historic Monrovia Wing introduces the Monroe Family and the town they helped establish, including the famous Pottenger Sanatorium and the Pacific Electric Red Car. Exhibits in this wing depict life in Monrovia in the early 1900s, including faithful reconstructions of a turn-of-the-century kitchen and parlor, a 1907 classroom tribute to Monrovia's early grade schools, as well as exhibits featuring our high school, an interactive police department exhibit, and the most recent diversity exhibit unveiled during our 30th Anniversary event.
The Historic Collections Wing includes a Natural History section showcasing unusual creatures and oddities seldom seen in public displays. This wing also includes our special collections of vintage telephones and cameras, an exhibit dedicated to Monrovia's fire department, military service men and women, and more recently, our rotating art exhibit featuring local artists, courtesy of MAFA.
Docent-led tours are available. And be sure to check out our yard sale items, books for sale, membership and volunteer page!