Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum



California’s State Historic Landmark No.152

National Register of Historic Places

The mission of the Friends of Rancho San Pedro is to preserve and increase community awareness of early California history as it relates to the Dominguez family, homestead adobe and the Rancho San Pedro, the first Spanish land grant in California. This is accomplished through educational programs and the operation of the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum.

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Rancho Day is May 21st, 12pm to 3pm

Experience life in Alta California before it became part of the United States.  This fun and interactive day is a chance to be part of life in the 1830s.  The cost is only $5.

  • Learn how to be a blacksmith
  • Dance to early California music
  • Pan for gold
  • Make adobe bricks and help build a mini adobe home
  • Churn butter, make tortillas

These are just a few of the things you can do at Rancho Day.  All ages are welcome.

Anza Exhibit is Open

On the 20th of February the museum opened its exhibit on the Anza Expedition, which was one of the important Spanish expeditions into California.  The exhibit features the history of the Anza exhibit, reproductions of the clothing and tools used on the expedition, and a photo montage of the reenactments of the Anza expedition that have been done throughout the years.

Learn how Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza led more than 240 men, women, and children on an epic journey across the frontier of New Spain to establish a settlement at San Francisco Bay and discover their legacy.

The exhibit will be open through July 17th.  Opening on July 25th is the exhibit on the Portola expedition, which is the expedition to Alta California that Juan Jose Dominguez was part of.  The Anza exhibit is the 1st part of our 2-part exhibition series on the development on early California.

Earth Month at the Rancho

Every Saturday in April we are celebrating Earth month.  We are looking for volunteers to come out and help clean, restore and preserve the gardens at the Rancho.  The rose garden and cactus garden need some loving care. The children’s garden is being built so help is needed there.  Of course, the restoration of the botanical garden (grotto) is underway as well.  Volunteers are needed (groups are welcome!!!) to help out on Saturdays in the morning so come on out.

To find out more, call (310) 603-0088

Music on the Rancho – Concert Series

Come out to celebrate Music on the Rancho.  A series of great music, wine and food.  March kicks off the concert series that will take place in March, May, July and September.

Our second installment of “Music on the Rancho” begins with David Jackson and friends, on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 2pm-5pm.

On Saturday, May 14, 2016, The Edmund Velasco Quintet will be performing.

Support our beautiful and historic museum by purchasing tickets prior to the events or the day of for $20.

For an additional minimal fee, we will have wine, food and beverages available at both concerts.

Anza Expedition Exhibit Opens on February 20th, 12pm to 3pm

Learn about the Anza expedition in this 1st exhibit of the museum’s 2-part exhibit series on the development on early California.  The first exhibit is on the Anza Expedition, which runs 2/20 through 7/17 and the second exhibit on the Portola exhibit opens on 7/25.

The Anza Expedition exhibit opening starts at 12pm with a talk and an opening ceremony at 12:15pm.  There will be tours of the museum, reenactment camps and more.

There is no fee for the exhibit opening and the event is a “rain or shine” event.

  • Upcoming Events

    May
    14
    Sat
    8:30 am Bird Walk @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Bird Walk @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    May 14 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
    Join us at the museum for our monthly morning bird walk.  Explore many parts of the Rancho finding birds of all types.  Learn about bird journaling and keep your own journal going throughout the year[...]
    May
    21
    Sat
    12:00 pm Rancho Day @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Rancho Day @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    May 21 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Join us for Rancho day on the Rancho San Pedro.  Experience life in the 1830s before the California became part of the United States.  This fun and interactive day will focus on what life was[...]
    May
    28
    Sat
    11:00 am Garden Tour: Stroll the Domingue... @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Garden Tour: Stroll the Domingue... @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    May 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Come along on a guided tour of the beautiful gardens on the Rancho San Pedro dedicated to the six Dominguez daughters.  Visit the Maria de la Reyes rose garden, Guadalupe Monarch butterfly and California native[...]
    12:00 pm Monarch Butterfly Watching and M... @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Monarch Butterfly Watching and M... @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    May 28 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    Help the museum track the monarch butterflies in the monarch butterfly garden and surrounding gardens.  Each month help track what stage of their growth they are in and how they are doing.  Everyone gets a[...]
    Jun
    11
    Sat
    8:30 am Bird Walk @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Bird Walk @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Jun 11 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
    Join us at the museum for our monthly morning bird walk.  Explore many parts of the Rancho finding birds of all types.  Learn about bird journaling and keep your own journal going throughout the year[...]
    Jun
    18
    Sat
    1:00 pm Summer Saturdays at the Rancho: ... @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Summer Saturdays at the Rancho: ... @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Jun 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Make your child’s Saturdays full of fun and learning this summer! Throughout the three months of the summer there will be Summer Saturday activities for children where they get hands-on experiences while learning a lot.[...]
    Jun
    25
    Sat
    11:00 am Garden Tour: Stroll the Domingue... @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Garden Tour: Stroll the Domingue... @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Jun 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Come along on a guided tour of the beautiful gardens on the Rancho San Pedro dedicated to the six Dominguez daughters.  Visit the Maria de la Reyes rose garden, Guadalupe Monarch butterfly and California native[...]
    12:00 pm Monarch Butterfly Watching and M... @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Monarch Butterfly Watching and M... @ Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Jun 25 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    Help the museum track the monarch butterflies in the monarch butterfly garden and surrounding gardens.  Each month help track what stage of their growth they are in and how they are doing.  Everyone gets a[...]
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  • Tours

    Guided Tours of the Adobe Museum are Offered (Adobe is only open for guided tours):
    • First Thursday and Friday of Each Month
    • Every Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday
    • Tours are at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm
    • No Reservations Needed for Parties Under 10
    • Tours del adobe están disponibles en español el segundo domingo de cada mes
    • Adobe tours available in Spanish the 2nd Sunday of each month
  • Sponsors

    Watson Land Company

    The Carson Companies

    Norris Foundation

    Lantz Foundation

    Murphy Foundation

    Waste Management

    The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

    Post Alarm Systems

  • Friends of Rancho San Pedro

    Board of Directors
    • Mr. William Barger
    • Mr. Tom Huston
    • Brother Rene Lepage, C.M.F.
    • Mr. Manny Marrero
    • Mr. Tom Van Woerkom
    • Mr. John F. Watkins
    • Ms. Jean (Bird) Willard
    Honorary Member
    • Rev. Patrick J. McPolin, C.M.F.

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