It’s not just the sandy beaches, wavy palm trees, and golden sunsets that gave Santa Monica its famous reputation. From the robust gallery scene to numerous public sculptures, art and culture are everywhere in Santa Monica.
Immerse yourself in the city’s historical museums, galleries, art installations, public parks and cultural activities to truly experience Santa Monica’s commitment to artistry, diversity and creative culture.
Learn about the rich history and culture that made Santa Monica the city that it is today.
Dig through the museum’s photographic archives and print and collections that showcase Santa Monica’s past, present and everything in between.
Explore the research library which houses old music recordings, original architecture, city newspapers and vintage photographs of Santa Monica.
For an immersive look at multiple galleries all under one roof, begin at Bergamot Station.
This campus-like arts centre, located on a former Red Line trolley stop and now new Metro Expo Line station, plays host to more than 30 art galleries, as well as shops and a café.
Admission is free and parking is available, however, visitors can take the new Metro Expo Line directly to Bergamot Station and stroll easily from gallery to gallery.
Don’t be surprised if you bump into a Hollywood screenwriter or director at this neon-lit neighbourhood gem; The Aero Theatre.
Opened in 1940 as a perk for factory workers at the nearby Douglas Aircraft Company, the Aero was thoroughly upgraded and refurbished in 2005 and now boasts state-of-the-art projection capabilities.
Known for eclectic and retro programming, look for themed double features, actor salutes, and plenty of indie and foreign film fare.
Oh, and grilled cheese. The ultimate adult comfort food.
The menu here ranges from a classic cheese melt on French or wheat bread right through to their signature cheesy Mac and Rib toastie with house smoked BBQ pork, southern mac and cheese and caramelized onions. Mmmm.
Find out more: Bergamot Station