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All events are at the Torrance Historical Society & Museum unless otherwise noted.

Torrance Historical Society & Museum
1345 Post Avenue (at Cravens)
Torrance, CA 90501
310-328-5392

Free, on-street parking is available on Post and Cravens within steps of the Museum.




Events in 2014


Walking Tours of Downtown Torrance

Every fourth Sunday of the month, May, June, July, August, September, and October.

Tour leaves promptly at 1:30 p.m.and lasts approximately 90 minutes.
Tour leaves from the front of the Museum
Wear comfy walking shoes.  Tour covers about eight blocks.
Free - donations accepted.

The docent led tour begins at the Torrance Historical Society & Museum (1345 Post Avenue) at 1:30 PM, and will point out many of the historic sites and landmarks of Old Torrance. Guests will also learn about:

  • What's in the Torrance Memorial Time capsule (located in the Museum)
  • What three Torrance properties are on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Where the new Centennial Time Capsule Plaza is placed
  • The original street names of "Torrance Boulevard" and "Post Avenue"
  • What famous artist was commissioned to paint a mural on the side of the Employment Development Department building
  • About the explosion that helped start Torrance
  • Why the first homes built for the executives were rented, not sold
  • What building was originally intended for the site where Torrance High School now stands
  • How Torrance broke away from the Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Why Torrance does not have a cemetery

The tour is an easy, but brisk walk covering eight blocks - the walk is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. It's open to the public, requires no reservations, and is hosted on the fourth Sunday of every month, May - October. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. You're invited to bring your camera, and a friend.



The Torrance Historical Society & Museum presents The Original Torrance Fall Tour of Historic Homes

Tour Interiors of Seven Homes in Old Torrance & Experience Wine Tasting in a 1936 Garden

Date: Saturday & Sunday, October 11-12, 2014
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $25 - Cash or check only; no credit cards.
Where to Purchase: Tickets may be purchased at the Museum either day of the tour - no advance purchase is necessary.

Disclaimers: No photos are to be taken inside the homes, no spiked heels, no baby strollers. Home Tour is recommended for those 18 years of age, and older. Tickets provide a one-time entry into the homes, (no re-admittance)

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Del Amo

Complimentary Torrance Bakery Cookies

Wine Tasting for a nominal fee

The primary fund-raiser and signature event for the Torrance Historical Society & Museum is its biennial Tour of Historic Homes - a long standing tradition in the City of Torrance since 1980. This event is held on even years the second weekend in October.

The Torrance Historical Society & Museum is hosting the Original Fall Tour of Historic Homes in Old Torrance (the original footprint of the City) Saturday and Sunday, October 11th - 12th, 2014, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, both days. This biennial event is open to the general public. The Home Tour is generously sponsored by the Rotary Club of Del Amo.

For a $25 donation, guests can tour the inside of seven homes, and will see how others have renovated, updated and decorated their historic homes to accommodate today's life-style, yet managed to preserve the charming architecture and characteristics of the past. Complimentary refreshments (Torrance Bakery cookies) will be served by members of the Torrance Woman's Club, and Wine Tasting (for a nominal fee - by Amore Vino) will be held in the garden of a 1936 Neo-Classical Revival home on Post Avenue.

The homes on the tour reflect an eclectic mix - from Spanish Colonial Revival to Craftsman to Dutch Colonial Revival - which characterize and add to the charm of Old Torrance -- founded 1912. Homes on the Tour were built between 1912 and 1940. Each home will have a Model A car parked in front of it courtesy of South Bay Touring A's.

Additional elements of the Home Tour include -

  • Stepping inside the very first Library (1913) for the City of Torrance - view the original book ledger in which the first purchases for the library were recorded
  • National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat garden
  • Unique family heirloom highlighted in each home - from a cookie jar to a WWII uniform
  • Hear your footsteps echo through a diamond-in-the-rough, 1923, renovation-ready Dutch Colonial Revival home
  • Special display of Hometown Hero, Louis Zamperini (in Museum)
  • Opportunity to win a Progressive Dinner for six in three Historic Homes - drawing to be held on November 13, 2014 (winner will be notified) - tickets $10 each or 3/$25 - Dinner will be coordinated in early 2015

Tickets for the Original Fall Tour of Historic Homes may be purchased directly from the Torrance Historical Society & Museum (1345 Post Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501) either day of the tour - no advanced ticket purchase is necessary. The homes may viewed in any order, on either day, and all are within walking distance from the Museum -- the furthest being seven blocks away. Local restaurants will be offering Home Tour Specials.

The self-guided Original Fall Tour of Historic Homes begins at the Torrance Historical Society & Museum. Proceeds from the fundraiser directly benefit the Museum - archiving activities, historical discoveries, research projects, special programs, its operation and exhibits.



'Twas the Night Before Christmas Reading

When: Sunday, December 14th - 4:00 PM
Location:Torrance Historical Society Museum, 1345 Post Avenue, Old Torrance
Cost: Free . Donations accepted



Events in 2015


Walking Tours of Downtown Torrance

Every fourth Sunday of the month, May, June, July, August, September, and October.

Tour leaves promptly at 1:30 p.m.and lasts approximately 90 minutes.
Tour leaves from the front of the Museum
Wear comfy walking shoes.  Tour covers about eight blocks.
Free - donations accepted.

The docent led tour begins at the Torrance Historical Society & Museum (1345 Post Avenue) at 1:30 PM, and will point out many of the historic sites and landmarks of Old Torrance. Guests will also learn about:

  • What's in the Torrance Memorial Time capsule (located in the Museum)
  • What three Torrance properties are on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Where the new Centennial Time Capsule Plaza is placed
  • The original street names of "Torrance Boulevard" and "Post Avenue"
  • What famous artist was commissioned to paint a mural on the side of the Employment Development Department building
  • About the explosion that helped start Torrance
  • Why the first homes built for the executives were rented, not sold
  • What building was originally intended for the site where Torrance High School now stands
  • How Torrance broke away from the Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Why Torrance does not have a cemetery

The tour is an easy, but brisk walk covering eight blocks - the walk is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. It's open to the public, requires no reservations, and is hosted on the fourth Sunday of every month, May - October. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. You're invited to bring your camera, and a friend.


Annual Meeting & Installation of Officers

Further information to be announced. This event is normally held the first or second Sunday in June.