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Venice Heritage Museum Update!

Posted on 03/27/17

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The VENICE HERITAGE FOUNDATION is a public nonprofit corporation formed in 2007 with the sole purpose of establishing our community’s first heritage museum - a signature venue to celebrate the rich history and diverse culture of Venice with revolving thematic exhibits.

  • The museum campus will include as its “centerpiece” an original, renovated and repurposed Pacific Electric Trolley Car from the early 1900s, serving as the initial museum space.  A gift from the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, California , the trolley waits in Perris for its move to Venice.
  • As part of the museum campus, the Foundation also plans to re-create the old pagoda-style Tokio substation that served the Venice community until the 1950s.  The station will provide additional museum and meeting space.  Both museum structures will include high tech and archival display space.
  • The Foundation is entering a lease agreement with the Department of Recreation and Parks locating the museum campus in the heart of Venice’s historic district, in Venice-of-America Centennial Park, adjacent to the Abbot Kinney-Venice Memorial Library.  
  • Centennial Park, a triangle of land situated between North and South Venice Boulevards, was the location of a portion of the original Pacific Electric Railway line servicing Venice for many decades. 
  • The grounds of the Museum campus will provide much needed exterior gathering space for community events and celebrations. 
  • Support for the Venice Heritage Museum includes Councilman Mike Bonin and the Venice Neighborhood Council.   Twenty+ Honorary Board members have also endorsed the need for a distinct place to share the rich history of Venice now and for future generations.  Among them—Congressman Ted Lieu, architect Frank Gehry, the Kendrick Kinney family, The Lennon family and Band, Orson & Alley Mills Bean, the late author Ray Bradbury and, the late documentarian Huel Howser.
  • Chief architect for the museum campus is longtime Venice resident, David Hertz, an award winning designer and founder of the Studio of Environmental Architecture.
  • Membership to the museum will be open to residents as well as visitors. Active volunteers are needed in various capacities—from restoration to fundraising. 
  • The Venice Heritage website is:      

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