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Cultural Programs, Events & Tours 



Marion Davies Guest House

The site upon which the Beach House now sits was originally developed during the 1920s by William Randolph Hearst for actress Marion Davies. The Davies estate, designed by architect Julia Morgan, featured a mansion of 100-plus rooms, three guest houses and an ornate marble swimming pool. Learn more about the Beach House history on a tour of the last remaining Guest House with a Santa Monica Conservancy docent.

Summer Tours: 

  • Open Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun, 11am-2pm
  • Tours begin at 11am, 12pm & 1pm and are limited to 15 guests.  
  • Open Tuesday evenings, prior to Beach=Culture events, 5-6:30pm
  • Closed Thursday
  • Tours are free and last approximately 30 minutes.
  • No reservations are required.   

Group Tours:
Organized group tours may be available on select Thursdays during the summer season and accommodate 30-45 people.  Please email for a Guest House group tour application.





Beach=Culture is an ongoing series of free concerts, talks, readings, and exhibits. Reservations are required. Beach=Culture Details & Reservations >     


New Short Fiction Series Reading: Working Los Angeles
Tuesday, September 8, 6:30-8:00 pm

 2015 09 08 Short Fiction SeriesStories of work and working in the City of Angels, presented in New Short Fiction style by three actors reading pieces by three local authors. Actors Alex Boling, Shaun Shimoda and spoken word artist Sally Shore read the works of authors Robert Morgan Fisher, Tommy Kim and Mary Kuryla.


Heyday Books Reading: Paradise Lost & Found
Tuesday, September 15, 6:30-8:00 pm

2015 09 15 Heyday Books ReadingJoin us for a reading and panel discussion celebrating the publication of LAtitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas. Authors Luis Rodriguez, Charles Hood, Wendy Gilmartin, and Jason Brown will help us see LA in a new light, sharing insights into freeways, palm trees and postcards that define and mythologize our geographical and mental landscapes. Copies for sale at the event courtesy of Hennessey + Ingalls Bookstore.


 Beach Walk with Choreographer-in-Residence Rebecca Bruno
Wednesday, September 16, 9-10 am

 2015 09 16 Rebecca BrunoStart your day connecting with the natural elements! Beach House Choreographer-in-Residence Rebecca Bruno leads a group beach walk informed by her dance practice. This will be a very casual walk down the beach as a group, sharing some of the meditative movement processes that Bruno and dancer/collaborator Samantha Mohr have been developing during the development of Bruno's new work, Elemental Forms.

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Open House: 'Elemental Forms' + Gallery show reception + Vintage Jazz Dance Hall
Wednesday, September 25, 4-8 pm

2015 09 25 Rebecca BrunoStop by the Beach=Culture Open House for a taste of various cultural offerings from our ongoing series. At 4pm check out the dress rehearsal of Choreographer-in-Residence Rebecca Bruno’s new site-specific dance work Elemental Forms. Please note that Friday’s performance is a dress rehearsal for documentation, and may differ in duration and continuity from the performances on Saturday & Sunday. Stay for a reception at 6pm celebrating the opening of the Art Bank show in the Beach House Gallery. At 6:30pm: a short ballroom dance lesson with James & Cynthia, followed by a mini-Dance Hall featuring the vintage jazz of Nick Ariondo & Friends. Bring a partner or dance with a new friend, all levels welcome.. 


'Elemental Forms' by Choreographer-in-Residence Rebecca Bruno
Saturday, September 26, 4-7 pm 
Sunday, September 27, 4-7 pm

2015 09 25 Rebecca BrunoRebecca Bruno concludes her residency at the Beach House with a meditative new work set in the Courtyard and Garden. Dancers: Samantha Mohr and Rebecca Bruno; Costume Design: Lynn Ellen Bathke. This work is set outside with some audience movement; wear sun protection and comfortable shoes. Saturday & Sunday performances will be followed by a talkback and discussion with the artists.