CHAMBER CHIT CHAT
By Ken Rausch Executive Director
February 28, 2013 • 308 views
The Best Little Secret in Town
While El Monte is rich in history, few cities can say it has its own renowned historical museum. The El Monte Historical Museum, located at 3150 Tyler Avenue is overflowing with artifacts that represent decades of history in the City of El Monte. The museum is open to the public, admission is free, and it is just waiting for you to explore its unique and original contents.
In July 1958, the El Monte Historical Society was founded and began collecting the artifacts to open a museum. In 1960, at the old high school located where the post office is today, the El Monte Historical
Museum opened to the public, and the rest is history. Then, in 1964, the museum moved to its current location on Tyler Avenue in what used to house the public library.
The museum is divided into various rooms of interest. There are the Lexington, Heritage, Pioneer and Frontier rooms which display everything from artifacts of the founding families of El Monte to a 1937 Rolls Royce, a 1911 Model “T” and complemented by an actual (circa 1890) Stanley Steamer. In addition, there is a dress shop and a hat shop along with an art gallery for your viewing pleasure.
When asked what was the most fascinating part of the museum, “Everything is fascinating, I just enjoy it all”, Curator, Donna Crippen, responded, “I especially enjoy explaining the history behind every artifact to our guests.”
The El Monte Historical Museum is open 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Tuesday – Friday. Please take time and visit this best little secret in town.