Manhattan Beach Historical Society

Museum in the cottage at Polliwog Park
1601 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, California 90266
Open: Saturday and Sunday Noon - 3pm
Admission: FREE but donations are gratefully accepted

Phone: (310) 802-5452

E-mail: Questions regarding local history at

Quarterly Lectures

We have quarterly general meetings at the Beach Cottage museum at 11:00 am on selected Saturdays. The subject of these lectures is history in the Santa Monica Bay region. The general public are invited to these free lectures.


The mission of the Manhattan Beach Historical Society (MBHS) is to honor the people who came before us by collecting, preserving, documenting, researching and displaying the city's rich history to ensure that its significance will be appreciated for generations to come.

The non-profit Society consists of all-volunteer help. Its main purpose is to educate citizens on the history of Manhattan Beach. The Society uses the following teaching tools: artifact and photo displays, books, videos, films, old newspaper articles, and recordings of history. The Society holds free quarterly meetings with qualified speakers covering various subjects on local history and we have a quarterly newsletter which members can participate in by writing us. The Society has published two hard cover pictorial history books: Manhattan Beach 90266 and I'll Take Manhattan and a series of monographs and brochures, tracing the growth of the city. Free information flyers for the public, old memorabilia and knowledgeable docents are the teaching tools of the Society. Museum facilities also include a bookstore and gift shop.

Cottage Address:
1601 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 3355
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266