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There is no charge for events unless otherwise noted. Donations appreciated. Credit cards and Paypal are not accepted except as noted. Cash and checks are accepted unless otherwise noted.

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 2020


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. from the steps of the Museum and lasts approximately 90 minutes. Wear comfortable walking shoes. The 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.


Women in History Month
Kickin' It - AYSO - Girl Power - History of Women's Soccer

Presented by Jan Smisek on the first all-girl AYSO team, her parents were instrumental in getting girls soccer as a legitimate sport in TUSD. She was on the first Varsity Team at West High School, started intramural soccer at UCSB, and more!

What: Women In History Month - Kickin' It - AYSO - Girl Power - History of Women's Soccer
When: Sunday, March 18, 2020-2:0 PM
Where: 1345 Post Ave., Old Torrance (The Torrance Historical Society & Museum)
Cost: Free-Donations accepted
NOTES: Limited Seating. Get there early to obtain a spot!


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

Tour Interiors of historic homes in Old Torrance, the original footprint of the city founded in 1912.

Date: Saturday & Sunday, October 10-11th, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Fee: TBA

Where & How to Purchase: Tickets can be purchased either via Paypal (see info on how to order via Paypal below) OR they can be purchased via cash or check at the Museum on either day of the Home Tour - no advance purchase is necessary. The only way to purchase tickets via a credit or debit card or to purchase in advance is via Paypal. Paypal option is only available until a date to be announced.. Credit cards, debit cards and Paypal can not be processed in person at the museum. PayPal tickets will be available for pick-up at the Museum's ticket desk. If paying cash, exact amount is preferred but we request no large bills. Checks accepted for exact amount only.

Disclaimers: No photos are to be taken inside the homes in addition to no smoking, no eating, no drinking, no spiked heels and 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).

Sponsor: TBA
Location to begin Historic Home Tour: Torrance Historical Society & Museum 1345 Post Ave (at Cravens)
Downtown Torrance
310-328-5392
Refreshments: TBA

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 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, both days and is open to the general public.

Guests will tour the inside of historic 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. Docents will be inside each home.

Additional elements of the Home Tour include -

  • Special display of Hometown Hero, Louis Zamperini (in Museum)
  • You'll stroll the tree-lined streets of Old Torrance
  • Each home will have a Model A car parked in front of it courtesy of South Bay Touring A's.

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 via cash or check - no advanced ticket purchase is necessary or you can purchase tickets in advance via Paypal (see guidelines above under How to Purchase). The homes may be viewed in any order, on either day, and all are within walking distance from the Museum. Local restaurants will be offering Home Tour Specials. The self-guided Original Fall Tour of Historic Homes begins at the Torrance Historical Society & Museum. You may tour the homes in any order you wish. You may tour them all in one day or divide them up and tour some on Saturday and the rest on Sunday. You may walk or drive your car between the homes. There is street parking near all homes. Kindly respect the neighborhood by not intruding on their property nor block any driveways.

Proceeds from the fundraiser directly benefit the Museum - archiving activities, historical discoveries, research projects, special programs, its operation and exhibits.


Visit With a Veteran

Veterans Day is an important day for showing appreciation to members of our military -- a celebration to honor America's Veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

The Torrance Historical Society invites you, your family, and friends to join them in honoring our Veterans. Pull up a chair and visit with a Veteran: World War II, Korean War, Vietnam, Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan

What: Visit with a Veteran
When: Sunday, November 8th, 2020
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Torrance Historical Society & Museum - 1345 Post Avenue, (at Cravens), Old Torrance
No RSVP and No Charge: Please come, honor our Veterans and learn something new!
Info: 310.328.5392 or visit: torrancehistoricalsociety.org

"Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory." -- George S. Patton


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