Located on the enchanting spot where the Pacific Ocean meets Malibu Creek, a visit to the Adamson House casts a spell over the visitor and allows them to experience historic California in a way that few other sites can. Both the architecture and the story of the building take you on a journey into an otherworldly and almost unbelievable world, while the structure itself looks like it came straight from the imagination of a nautically obsessed child, and its magical aura will stay with you long after you’ve left.
Whether you visit on your own to take in the sights, architecture, and furnishings of the home at your own pace, or under the guidance of a tour, you will always leave with an appreciation of the care that has gone into the refurbishment of this historic home. If you do opt for the guided tour, you will be treated to an in-depth and fascinating exploration, not only of the articles and items that fill the home but also of the story of the family that once lived there.
Once you’re done with the inside of the house, you can venture outside into the beautiful gardens that have been perfectly preserved to emulate their 1930s appearance. There are also guided tours of the garden, but these currently only operate on a Friday at 10:00am.
Next door to the house is the Malibu Lagoon Museum, which focuses more on the large-scale history of the site, which dates back to the early Chumash Indian era of its native settlers. It moves on from there, detailing the history from the Spanish colonization all the way to the Rindge and Adamson families, who built the house you’ve likely just been to visit. Hosting a fine selection of artifacts, photographs, and documents that paint a colorful picture of Californian history, this is an educational and entertaining attraction in its own right and makes for an incredibly exciting combination with the house next door.
The stunning venue is managed by California State Parks and is available for hire for special events upon request; contact can be made through the website.
Admission and Opening Hours
Admission to the house costs $7 for adults, $2 for children 6 to 16 years of age and is free for those aged 5 and under.
The house is open Wednesday to Friday from 10:30am to 3:30pm, and on Saturdays from 10:30am to 3:00pm. Guided tours are available Thursday to Saturday from 11:00am to 3:00pm, with the last tour taking place at 2:00pm.
23200 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265, website, Phone: 310-456-8432