Historic Missions, Ranchos, and adobes play a crucial role in preserving the historical background information on the original Tongva and Tataviam people of Los Angeles.
So, here is the list of LA Local History Museums and LA Historic Home Museums, which preserve the history of early Los Angeles settlers:
1) San Gabriel Mission:
It was the fourth one built in California. The Mission San Gabriel is the oldest structure of its kind south of Monterey. It is the only one in California with Moorish architecture, and it has no bell tower.
Location: 428 S. Mission Drive, San Gabriel, CA
2) Avila Adobe:
It holds the record for being the oldest house in Los Angeles, established in 1818. The entry is free for the public to visit every day. It doesn’t take more than 15-20 minutes to see.
Location: 10 E Olvera St Los Angeles, CA
3) San Fernando Mission:
Mission San Fernando is the seventeenth Spanish mission built in California, which is founded on September 8, 1797, by Father Fermin Lasuen. It is an active Catholic church with a museum on site.
Location: 15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd. Mission Hills, CA
4) Los Encinos State Historic-Park:
Los Encinos State Historic Park is a treasure trove of history from the days before California became a state. Free School field trips are encouraged here.
Location: 16756 Moorpark St. Encino CA
5) Leonis Adobe Museum:
Leonis Adobe Museum is the original 2-story adobe home of Miguel Leonis, and it is dedicated to restoring, preserving, and sharing the last of the old west. Here, you can experience the California ranch life of the late 1800s.
You can also visit a Victorian-style early Los Angeles home and see what jail was like in the Wild West. Here, you can enjoy a picnic in picturesque Calabasas Creek Park with its antique ironwork and lovely gardens.
Location: 23537 Calabasas Road, Calabasas, CA