Off Appian Way Santa Monica, CA 90401 +1 800 544 5319(Toll Free)/+1 310 393 7593(Tourist Information)
Engage your mind in a unique game of chess with a view of the Pacific Ocean in the distance. Located on Venice Beach, the International Chess Park is dotted with chessboard table tops that are open for free public use. Play a game with a traveling stranger or the neighborhood chess hero, as people of all ages and skill levels revisit this place. It also has a human chessboard in the center of the park.
516 Colorado Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90401 +1 310 394 8331
Angels Attic breathes new life into a Queen Anne Victorian home from 1895. This non-profit museum in downtown Santa Monica was founded in 1984. It features the fascinating and whimsical private collection of Jackie McMahan and Eleanor LaVove. On display across seven galleries are toys, dollhouses and miniatures that are sure to amaze you.
2701 Main Street Santa Monica, CA 90405 +1 310 396 3477
Operating partially as a prop store, Jadis is the brainchild of Parke Meeke, boasting of an extraordinary collection of scientific objects. These aren't products you find regularly, and include antiques and creative designs that are either made or collected by Meeke. Some of the objects in this store include switchboards, giant coils and life-size models of many scientific robots and machines. The products sold at this store have been used as props for many popular movies as well. The extensive collection of Meeke can hardly be matched in design and creativity, and a visit to this museum is a must for all sci-fi fans.
1101 Peppertree Lane American Jewish University Brandeis, CA 93064 +1 805 582 4450
House Of The Book is one of the most sought after venues located within the American Jewish University. The venue designed by architect Sidney Eisenshtat in 1973 is one of the largest on campus. The stain glass windows in the corridors and rooms are exceptionally beautiful. A place ideal for all performing art events, it also features a library within. For more details on upcoming shows and schedules, visit the website or call ahead.
15151 Bledsoe Street Sylmar, CA 91342 +1 818 364 6464
Vintage locomotives and autocars are featured at The Nethercutt Museum, rendering it a haven for an automobile enthusiast. The founder J.B. Nethercutt began his collection in 1956, which was later transformed into a museum that could be enjoyed by the public. Apart from cars, this place also exhibits antique furniture and musical instruments. Though the museum can be visited without a guide, The Nethercutt Collection, located across the street, can only be perused through a guided tour.
23537 Calabasas Road Calabasas, CA 91302 +1 818 222 6511
The Leonis Adobe in Los Angeles was built in 1844. It is one of the oldest existing homes in the city and was owned and occupied by Miguel Leonis until 1889 when he passed away. At present, it stands as a historic museum where one can witness a glimpse of the ranch Californian life. The Calabasas Creek Park is a delight to visitors and provides the recreated Chumash Village replete with stellar ironwork and stunning paintings. The house has also been in the limelight for its alleged ghost stories.
2001 East Thousand Oaks Boulevard Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 +1 805 557 1135
The Gardens of the World was created to, basically, be a symbol of the diversity of the cultures of the human world. The initiative of the Hogan Family Foundation, these gardens are home to several individual gardens, each landscaped to represent a different culture. So, you will find here, the Japanese Garden, the French Garden & Water Feature, the English Perennial & Rose Garden, and much more. Another purpose that these gardens serve, is that they host a range of entertaining and culturally exploring events, including art exhibits, concerts and more. See the website for information on guided tours and other details.
1300 East Janss Road Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 +1 805 495 6471(City Park Council)
The 54.7 acres (22 hectares) of the Conejo Creek South Park lays spread in the northern part of Thousand Oaks. Separated from the Conejo Creek North Park by East Janss Road, this park boasts twelve soccer fields and a baseball field, which is one of the best in the whole county. Such an abundance of sports facilities is what makes this park a prominent venue for sporting events in the county. Besides sports, the park is also the venue for several community events, including the Conejo Valley Days festival. Call or visit the website for further information.
Established in 1902, Mount Lowe Railway took visitors on a breathtaking ride atop Mount Lowe and Echo Mountain. The railroad catered primarily to tourists looking to explore the natural beauty of the region. Such was the site's popularity in is heydays, that it attracted numerous celebrities, and was also a part of a movie. Decline in tourist influence led to the service being stopped in 1938. Today, the Mount Lowe Preservation Society endeavors to preserve this bit of Mount Lowe's history.
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