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The Banning Museum

401 East M Street, Los Angeles, CA
+1 310-548-7777
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Seeing a little more of LA County

Phineas Banning came to San Pedro from the east coast in 1851 and thirteen years later he built his... read more

Reviewed 23 February 2018
NormKeith
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Azusa, California
A fascinating Slice of SoCal History

The Banning House is an interesting slice of SoCal history. The house and facilities are well... read more

Reviewed 20 January 2018
Michael R
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Vancouver, WA
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Just a few miles from the LA Waterfront, the beautiful Banning Mansion is a City, State and National Historic Landmark. The gracious, stately Victorian residence and surrounding grounds beckon visitors to experience life as it was in the mid-to late-nineteenth-century Los Angeles and meet one of the area's most influential and visionary residents of the time, General Phineas Banning. The Banning Residence has lovingly been maintained and restored and is today considered the finest existing example of residential Greek Revival architecture in Southern California. The Banning property also includes the Howard Rose Garden, a sanctuary of modern day roses as well as antique varietals that would have been grown in Banning's day.
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Reviewed 23 February 2018

Phineas Banning came to San Pedro from the east coast in 1851 and thirteen years later he built his Greek Revival residence. It is interesting that during his time Phineas could stand on his porch and see six miles in front of him to the...More

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Reviewed 20 January 2018

The Banning House is an interesting slice of SoCal history. The house and facilities are well preserved and maintained and show great pride of ownership. The house itself is Greek Revival and from an architectural point of view rather plain but the history of the...More

Thank Michael R
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Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

My husband, our 3 year daughter and I went to the Christmas open house at the Banning musuem two years in a row. The whole property gets really decked out for the holidays. The beautiful house is decorated on the inside and outside, free tours...More

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Reviewed 14 June 2016

The Banning Museum is a beautiful home. Guests pay a $5 donation at the visitors center. They only accept cash, but it really is a donation. I didn't have cash on me and they let me in anyway. The staff are very friendly. The Visitor...More

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Reviewed 2 June 2016

A beautiful house! The visitor center showed a film on the history of the family. Then I had an hour long guided tour which included the house, stable, and school room. The docents were great. Put it on your list of places to visit.

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Reviewed 24 February 2016 via mobile

We visited the Banning mansion/museum. You need to pay a small fee before you are given a your. The small house where you get your tickets, is a great start to familiarize yourself with the home and history. Our tour guide gave us a lot...More

1  Thank lxjuarez
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Reviewed 24 February 2016

P T Banning was the father of the deep water port at San Pedro. This is his family residence. Docent tours of the interior feature furnishings original to the house and family history. Photos outside are permitted, but not inside. A reproduction of a Banning...More

Thank Merrill C
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Reviewed 23 September 2015

OK, it's out of the way - but really where else can you get a full hour plus of undivided attention from the helpful docent? Interesting to see what is essentially an east coast almost plantation style greek revival transplanted to CA. In some ways...More

Thank scott r
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Reviewed 23 August 2015

This house is a great example of the diverse, and often hidden, historical gems in Los Angeles. This house is in Wilmington near the port. It is a beautiful house that has be decorated for the era and even has some of the original family's...More

Thank LNLew
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Reviewed 19 January 2015

I enjoyed my tour today. Turned out to be just me and the docent. Beautiful old house, excellent example of Victorian design. If you are interested in LA/Southern California history you need to stop by and take the tour. Friendly staff. The tour takes about...More

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medsurgnur
6 June 2017|
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Response from Banning1864 | Property representative |
Hello. Thanks for your question. All tours are led by docents but you must come at the specified time to join a tour. Those specific days and hours are posted on our website, The Banning Museum. Also, you must come at the... More
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