The museum, which helps keep the past of Torrance alive, is housed in the city’s first main library, which was built in 1936. It features a number of permanent exhibits as well as rotating exhibits that vary, and a collection of photos, documents, books and artifacts that paint a picture about Torrance’s past. In any case, it’s a good bet you will learn something new.
The museum proudly shows off a number of interesting exhibits and displays, such as the chronicle of Louis Zamperini. A 1936 Olympian from Torrance, Zamperini was lost at sea in World War II and later found to be alive in a Prisoner of War camp. You will also find the “Big Red Car,” an electric motor coach built in 1911 that has amassed an interesting history rolling throughout California.
The Torrance Historical Society promotes the history of the city through a number of events and programs. Events include walking tours of downtown Torrance, children’s programs and The Original Torrance Fall Tour of Historic Homes. There is also the popular Plaque Program, which has placed bronze plaques on historic landmarks throughout the community for more than 20 years.
The historical society was founded in 1973, while the museum first opened its doors in 1979. The museum is free and open to the public on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. and for special events. For a private tour or to conduct personal research, call the museum for an appointment.
Torrance Historical Society & Museum
1345 Post Ave.