Street Address
1601 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Mailing Address
Post Office Box 3355
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
See Monthly meetings in addition to weekend openings.
There is no admission charge to the museum, although contributions are encouraged and appreciated.
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Steve Meisenholder, President
phone: 310-318-2625
Steve Snively, Webmaster
phone: 310-546-2036


Dedicated to the preservation, protection and promotion of the heritage of Manhattan Beach, the Manhattan Beach Historical Society collects and displays historical information and memorabilia about the city.


The Society began as a committee in the early 1970s and incorporated as a non-profit, tax exempt organization on October 20, 1977. The Society is headquartered in the 1905 historic beach cottage located in Polliwog Park at 1601 Manhattan Beach Boulevard.

Artifacts Collections

Historical photos and artifacts of interest to the residents of Manhattan Beach.

Educational Programs

MBHS has quarterly general meetings that are announced in the newsletter and on the website.
MBHS will act as host to any small group that contacts the president who is happy to give a PowerPoint slide show on the history of Manhattan Beach.


Board of Directors


Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Staff Only, Members

Appointment required: Yes


Quarterly newsletter

  • Manhattan Beach 90266, by B. Beckerson
  • I'll Take Manhattan, by B. Beckerson
  • Six Historical Monographs


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