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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 Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 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 >  


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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Red Hen Press Reading

June 2015 Red Hen PressTuesday, June 2, 6:30-8pm

These four master storytellers examine life’s many twists and turns, from the mundane to absurd. Ron Carlson’s The Blue Box, uses small space to tell big stories. In Kids in the Wind, Brad Wethern tells delightful tales of childhood in a small seaside town and of the magic and madness found in the minds of the young. Ellen Meeropol’s On Hurricane Island confronts the hot-button issue of personal freedom in her wild tale of a math professor kidnapped by federal agents. In How to Carry Bigfoot Home, Chris Tarry tells thrilling tales to lay bare what makes us truly human.

Salsa Dance Hall with La Sirena y Orquesta Mar de Ashé
 Mar de Ashes

Tuesday, June 9, 6:30-8:30pm

Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy a night of Salsa! Orquesta Mar de Ashé presents a delicious array of danceable Latin/Afro-Caribbean music. With a smokin’ horn section matched by a great traditional Latin rhythm section, rounded out by vocalists La Sirena and Oscar Daniel, this local band will send you away on an ocean of sound!

LA Forum Architecture & DesignSailboat Architecture panel with LA Forum for Architecture & Urban Design

Tuesday, June 16, 6:30-8pm

Beach=Culture partners with the LA Forum for Architecture & Urban Design and Geoffrey von Oeyen’s Performative Composites architecture class at USC to present a panel discussion with local architects on the particular considerations and universal design inspirations of sailboat architecture. A pop-up exhibit of designs and models created by students in professor von Oeyen’s class will be on display.


Square Dance with Triple Chicken Foot & Caller Susan Michaels

Triple Chicken FootTuesday, June 23, 6-8:30pm

Enjoy a night of contemporary square dance with Triple Chicken Foot! Caller Susan Michaels will lead you through "makin' figures" and having fun. No need to bring a partner; all experience levels welcome. There will be seating in the adjoining room for resting; the main hall will be cleared for dancing.


Angel City Press Reading: Cory Buckner on Midcentury Modern in Crestwood Hills

Crestwood Hills- Cory BucknerTuesday, June 30, 6:30-7:30pm

Architect Cory Buckner's new book, Crestwood Hills: The Chronicle of a Modern Utopia, follows the the growth of the cooperative as they purchased the land, designed and built houses by famed modernists A. Quincy Jones and Whitney R. Smith, and faced various difficulties in establishing the community they named Crestwood Hills.