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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

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.

Late Night Thursdays

When: Thursday, July 17th - Thursday, August 27th

The Museum will be open until 8:00 PM Thursday evenings (open 1:00 - 8:00PM).

Location: Torrance Historical Society & Museum, 1345 Post Avenue
Cost: Free and open to the public - donations accepted.
Info: If you have any questions or would like additional information, please visit or call the Museum at (310) 328-5392.

While you're out-and-about, pop in the Museum and explore the Torrance Historical Society's collection including

  • See a photo of Mrs. Jared Sidney Torrance (Helena), and ... take your own photo with Jared
  • Check out the historic Red Car photos and original ticket on display
  • Touch one of the original Torrance cowboy's saddle (yes, Torrance
  • used to be a farming community -- right down to cows, pigs, minks, turkeys, strawberries and flowers)
  • View the training shorts and sweatshirt Louis Zamperini wore during the 1936 Olympics, the luggage the community bought for him to attend the Olympic Tryouts in NY, and other "Lucky Louie" treasures
  • On these Late Night Thursdays, the Museum will be open from 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM, and treats will be served. You're also invited to stop by and visit with our special guests (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM).

    Thursday, August 7th
    Peruse the pages of the Historical Survey taken of the all the structures in Old Torrance -- the original footprint of the City. The area is comprised of 109 city blocks with residential, commercial and industrial sub-districts totaling nearly 2000 structures! Over 100 community volunteers worked on this project!

    Thursday, August 14
    See the City's Centennial DVD of Lois Zamperini - Triumph of the Torrance Tornado, and the clip of when Louis won the 1934 Southern California Track & Field Championship. "Running in what was celebrated at the best field of high school milers in history, Louie routed them all and smoked the mile in 4:21:3, shattering the national high school record, set during World War 1, by more than 2 seconds." -- Laura Hillenbrand (The DVD will be playing from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM - pop in any time -- it's only about 10 minutes long)

    Also, chat with Chuck Lobb, author of Torrance Airport. Chuck will discuss the research and discoveries that led to his book on one of Torrance's most famous landmarks, Torrance Municipal Airport at Zamperini Field, and he'll tell you about the planes used in the flyovers at last week's Celebration of Life event for Louis Zamperini.

    Thursday, August 21st
    Mike the Map Man is back by popular demand -- view decades worth of maps from our Historic Map Archives -- he'll be highlighting the maps of the Oil Fields (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)

    Thursday, August 28th
    View the History of the Hollywood Riviera DVD by Sherwin Rubin (it will be playing from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM - pop in any time).

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

    Saturday & Sunday, October 11-12, 2014
    11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    No reservations
    Fee $25

    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.

    '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