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Welcome to the
El Monte Historical Museum

About Our Museum

El Monte is the oldest settlement in the San Gabriel Valley. Our 5,000-square-foot space is filled with unusual artifacts celebrating our heritage. The Museum curator and docents provide guided tours through the museum while sharing El Monte's rich history.

NEW - Visit the Museum to view our Memorial Exhibition this summer. 

Featured Collections
Gay's Lion Farm

Pictures and artifacts from Gay's Lion Farm which was in El Monte from 1923 until World War II.

Heritage Room

Antique furniture, glassware, clothing and pictures of early residents and walnut growers.

Frontier Room

Early-day police and fire hats, badges, guns, 1911 Model T Ford, old tools, native American artifacts and a recreated police office.

Upcoming Events
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Help Support the Museum

The Museum relies on support from a wide range of sources and there are many ways that you can donate to help care for and preserve the collection for future generations.

  • Join our membership as an individual, a family, or as a corporation

  • Volunteer to help with the Museum collection, exhibits, and Museum events

  • Monetary and in-kind donations

The El Monte Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) and all memberships are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.


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