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Cultural Programs, Events & Tours




Marion Davies Guest House

The 5-acre 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 and an ornate marble swimming pool.  
Learn more about the Beach House history on a tour with a Santa Monica Conservancy docent!  

Fall/Winter/Spring Tours: 

  • Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11am-2pm**
  • Closed Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • Tours begin at 11am, 12pm & 1pm and are limited to 15 guests.  
  • Tours are free and last approximately 30 minutes.
  • No reservations are required.   

Group Tours:
Organized group tours (15 people+) are available on select Thursdays during the summer season.  Please email for a Guest House group tour application.

**Please note, during this season the Guest House hours are subject to change up to one day in advance due to event bookings.  Please view our calendar for the most updated schedule of Guest House hours or call 310-458-4904 to confirm hours the day before your visit.   



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

Red Hen Press Reading

04 28 RHP Tuesday, April 28, 6:30-8pm

Gary Dop - published in Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Agni, and New Letters
Steve Langan - author of Freezing (2001), Notes on Exile and Other Poems (2005), Meet Me at the Happy Bar (2009), and more
Ramon Garcia - author of Other Countries (What Books Press, 2010) and Ricardo Valverde (University of Minnesota Press, 2013)
Elena Karina Byrne - 2005 Poetry Co-Editor for The Los Angeles Review and one of three judges for the 2006 PEN USA Literary Award in Poetry
Moderator Helene Cardona - author of Dreaming My Animal Selves (Salmon Poetry), Pinnacle Book Award & Readers’ Favorite Award winner, The Astonished Universe (Red Hen Press)
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Lenticular Images- Talk & Demonstration with Heather Lowe

05-15 Hoola by Heather LoweSunday, May 3, 2pm-3pm

Ever wondered how a lenticular image is made? Heather Lowe will speak about her process, share secrets of the craft and more. Each guest will have a chance to laminate a lenticular to take home! The first ten RSVPs will be contacted with an offer to create one flip lenticular using two of their own personal images.


Style Stories with Kimberly Truhler: Joan Crawford

05-15 Joan CrawfordTuesday, May 12, 6:30pm-7:30pm  

Film historian Kimberly Truhler delivers a fascinating glimpse into film fashion. This talk compares different periods in Joan Crawford's career through The Women (1939) and Mildred Pierce (1945).


Salastina Music Society Octet by Mendelssohn- hosted by KUSC's Brian Lauritzen

05-15 SalastinaTuesday, May 19, 2015

Join Co-Artistic Directors Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper, their fantastic guest artists, and KUSC's Brian Lauritzen as they take you on an in-depth exploration of Felix Mendelssohn's famed Octet.
Violins: Kevin Kumar, Maia Jasper, Jacqueline Brand, Hana Hwon Kim
Violas: Meredith Crawford, Luke Maurer
Cellos: Marek Szpakiewicz, Sarah Koo
Host: Brian Lauritzen


Untitled_Bonnie EbnerUNSEEN Exhibit Opening and Artists Reception

Thursday, May 28, 6-8pm

Unseen showcases the photographic work of five emerging Los Angeles-based artists. Their distinctive stories converge at in-between moments. The liminal quality shared by these works invokes an enhanced appreciation and awareness of unnoticed glances, gestures, spaces, and time.
Ruben A Diaz-Cifuentes peeps into the mystical workplace of showgirls during vacant hours.
Bonnie Ebner explores symbolic gestures in otherwise overlooked moments.
Junko Inoue seeks the intersection where the city's inhabitants and architecture seamlessly become one.
Myrna Reyes creates an ode to bygone eras.
Benjamin Simpson captures unsuspecting subjects singled out from the crowd.
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