The Torrance Historical Society and Museum was founded in 1973, and the Museum opened its doors in 1979. Housed in the City’s first Main Library (built in 1936), the Museum exhibits an ever-growing collection of photos, documents, books, artifacts and other material relevant to the City’s past. There are permanent exhibits, as well as changing exhibits that vary.
The mission of the Torrance Historical Society is to promote interest in and education in the history of Torrance and the San Pedro Rancho; to promote historical research in Torrance; to collect, acquire, preserve, conserve and make available records, data, photographs, oral history, and related documents and information bearing on the history of Torrance through the operation of a museum and archives.
The Society hosts walking tours of Downtown Torrance noting historical sites on the fourth Sunday of May, June, July, August, September, and October. This FREE tour starts at the Museum. Wear comfy walking shoes. No reservations necessary. The tour leaves the museum promptly at 1:30pm. It covers about eight blocks of flat land and lasts approximately 90 minutes.
The Museum is also FREE and open to the public.
Torrance Historical Society & Museum
1345 Post Avenue
Open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays from 1:00pm -4:00pm
Except during holiday weekends
Special hours can be arranged for private tours and/or research.
View our South Bay calendar for additional events around Torrance.