Plan Your Visit

General Information:
The Adamson House grounds are open daily from 8:00 a.m. to sunset.

Guided Tours

The Adamson House:
The historic Adamson House docent-led public tours are on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11 a.m.–2 p.m., with the last tour starting at 2 p.m. Entrance to the house is only available with a guided tour.

There are no self-guided tours inside the home.

Guided tours are first-come-first-served, with no set tour times, and run approximately every 45 minutes. Reservations are required for groups of 7 or more, and must be made 30 days in advance.

Adamson House Garden Tour:
Guided Garden Tours are at 10:00 am every Friday, and include an Adamson House tour.

Admission for Adamson House and Garden Tours
Adults: $7
6–17 years: $2
5-years and under: free
(cash only for all tour fees)

Tour Availability:
There are no house tours when raining. For current and up-to-date information on rain closures, please visit our State Park website California Department of Parks and Recreation.

Additionally, house tours are done by trained State Park Volunteers and may be canceled without notice pending volunteer docent availability.


Museum & Garden

Adamson House Grounds:
The Adamson House gardens and grounds are open daily from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. As you walk around the property and gardens, please enjoy our informational panels, which share the history of this special place.

Malibu Lagoon Museum:
The Malibu Lagoon Museum is open to visitors Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Admission is free.


For more information please contact:
California State Parks
California Department of Parks and Recreation
ah.specialtours@parks.ca.gov
310 456-8432

Address:
23200 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265

Parking
On-site parking is not available.

Drop-off, including handicap, is permitted in front of the house.

Paid parking is available:
(1) County beach lot
(2) The Malibu Lagoon Lot at Cross Creek

What to See





Visitor Center


A delightful gift shop is on the premises. In it, you will find a veritable treasure trove of unusual books, memorabilia, and unique gifts. Included in the shop are reproductions of Malibu Potteries' tiles, hand-painted pastels of Adamson House, rare original Malibu Potteries tiles, and other keepsake items with a Malibu Lagoon Museum motif.

The visitor center is open Thursday–Saturday from 12:00–3:00 pm.

For more information, contact: store@adamsonhouse.org

Adamson House

This docent-led tour is a guided visit through Adamson House, which contains its original furnishings and features a spectacular display of the renowned Malibu Potteries tile. Trained volunteer docents relate the engaging history of the house and the Adamson family and reveal details of its architecture and decorative elements. Tours are not held on New Year's Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Adamson House Gardens

Adamson House Garden Tour is a docent-led walking tour of the landmark gardens, beautifully preserved in their 1930s appearance. It is offered at 10 am every Friday. The admission fee includes an Adamson House tour; no reservation is required. Garden tours for groups of ten or more are offered at 10 am on Tuesdays and reservations are required. Garden tours for groups of 10 or more require a reservation. Please contact ah.specialtours@parks.ca.gov

The Malibu Lagoon Museum

The Malibu Lagoon Museum adjoins Adamson House and contains an intriguing collection of artifacts, rare photographs, and documents depicting the colorful history of Malibu. The museum takes the visitor from the early Chumash Indian era through the Spanish California culture. Here is an excellent opportunity to relive the genteel and romantic ranching days of the famed Rindge and Adamson families and learn about dramatic episodes in Malibu's rich history: the Malibu Railroad; the 50-room Castle on the Hill; the 17-year legal battle over a Malibu highway; the Malibu movie colony; the Malibu Dam; and much more.

School Tours

“Education through Exploration”, the children’s education program at the Adamson House focuses on youth in elementary school grades. The program introduces students to the park’s extraordinary biological diversity. Topics include Chumash Indian culture; ecology; plant, fish and animal life; and environmental pollution. Binoculars and magnifying glasses enhance the visit, which combines the fun of taking a trip to the beach with an opportunity to learn fascinating facts about the natural and cultural history of the Malibu Lagoon.

Tours of the Adamson House introduce students to how a family lived in the 1930s and invite comparisons to present-day life and society. The lavish use of tile and other distinctive decorative elements is also discussed.

Children’s tours are provided by state park docents, sponsorships are provided by Malibu Adamson House Foundation.

Email ah.specialtours@parks.ca.gov for more information.