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

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

Events in 2015

Summer Night Lights

This is an evening walking tour to music as we see historical Old Torrance sites lit up at night. This docent-led tour begins at the Torrance Historical Society & Museum, (1345 Post Avenue), and will cover about 12 blocks. Many of the areas are over uneven surfaces.

When: Saturday, September 5, 7:00 - 9:00 PM - You must be on time, tour will leave promptly at 7:00 PM!
Location: Meet at Torrance Historical Society & Museum, 1345 Post Avenue.
Who: Adults, 21+ years and older only
RSVP: 310.328.5392 - reservations will be received on a first-come/first-served basis
This event has limited space and is for those 21 years-of-age, and older.
Cost: $5.00 donation per person. Cash or check only. Credit cards not accepted.
Checks payable to "Torrance Historical Society"
Mail your check to:
Torrance Historical Society
1345 Post Ave
Torrance, CA 90501
Please include names of participants
Required: Closed toe and comfortable walking shoes and each person must provide their own flashlight. A light jacket is suggested for a cool evening.

Special treat provided at conclusion

Info: If you have any questions or would like additional information, please visit or call the Museum at (310) 328-5392.

Walking Tours of Downtown Torrance

No Walking Tour on Sunday, August 30, 2015 See "Summer Night Lights" regarding a new event in September.

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

Note: Due to the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the May Walking Tour will be Sunday, May 31st.

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.

Late Night Thursdays

When: Thursday nights, Thursday, July 16th - Thursday, August 27th

The Museum will be open until 8:00 PM Thursday evenings (open 1:00 - 8:00PM). Special Guests will be there 6:00 - 8:00 pm. See guest list below.

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.

    Special Guest list - Guests will be at the Museum from 6:00 - 8:00 PM:

    Thursday, July 30th
    Mike the Map Man is back by popular demand --- view decades worth of maps from the Historic Map Archives.

    Thursday, August 6th
    Spend the evening with our President, Jamie Ruth Watson -- get a private tour of the Museum and check out high school yearbooks -- the Torrance Historical Society has the largest collection in the City.

    Thursday, August 13th
    View the private albums and read the never-before-seen WWII diary of Louis Zamperini.

    Thursday, August 20th
    See a DVD about Frederick Law Olmsted - the man hired by Jared Sidney Torrance to layout the City of Torrance - DVD will be shown at 6:00 PM.

    Thursday, August 27th
    Learn about Irving Gill, renowned Dominguez Land Corp.’s in-house architect, who designed the Pacific Electric Railway El Prado Bridge and Depot.

    Events in 2016

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

    Date: Saturday & Sunday, October 8-9, 2016
    Time: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Fee: $TBA - 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)

    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 8th - 9th, 2016, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, both days. This biennial event is open to the general public.

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