Preserving the Best of the Past for the Future

We are open during the pandemic! Most museums are closed now, but much of the Long Beach Heritage Museum collection resides in local businesses. If the business is open (and many are), you can visit the exhibits. Check out the locations here.

Join the Fun!

Ken Larkey, museum founder

Founded in 1961 by Long Beach native Ken Larkey, the Heritage Museum of Long Beach is pleased to share a number of our original artifacts with our friends.
We invite you to visit our exhibits while at the same time enjoying a “tour of the city.” We are grateful to our supporters for displaying our treasures and hope you will show your support by patronizing their establishments.


Vintage Long Beach Nu Pike Postcard circa 1930

We have an extensive postcard collection. Don’t miss these beautiful images of “The Athens of the West,” that depict what residents and visitors so admired about our city. Postcards are available for review and sale in our Collections Room by appointment.


Check out our line of Long Beach books!
Check out our series of books on the history of our city. Among them are: The Long Beach Pike, an album of Vintage Picture Post Cards, a volume telling the story of our museum and a beautiful reproduction of “Long Beach California” published by our city fire department in 1902. These books feature reprints of original photos of our city as it was in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Order your piece of history today!

Join us

Mountain View Dairy

Researchers Welcome

Volunteers Needed

By Appointment Only
Contact: Marshall Pumphrey
(562) 987-1904


Experience the rich history of Long Beach, California through the extensive collection of artifacts and historical photos and postcards. The Long Beach Heritage Museum, founded in 1961, is home to the largest collection of historic Long Beach memorabilia in the city. Where is this wonderful museum? It’s out in the community. One by one, the artifacts are being taken from storage, carefully restored, and displayed in local businesses. Our Collections Room maintains a rich archive of Long Beach ephemera. Please support the Museum at one of our events.

“absolutely breathtaking collection of Long Beachiana”

Tim Grobaty, Press Telegram.