Cultural and Historic Treasures in Simi Valley
Simi Valley visitors are constantly exploring. The area is known for its great golf courses, amazing hiking trails, and family-centered activities. What many people don’t know is that Simi Valley is also rich in history. A number of museums give visitors a chance to step back in time and see just how different the world is today.
If you’re planning a trip to Simi Valley, be sure to add these five museums to your list of must-see attractions:
THE RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM
One of the most impressive and popular historic stops in SoCal is situated on a hilltop with breathtaking valley views, stunning exhibits, and an archive full of presidential records from Regan’s administration. Walk aboard a retired Air Force One aircraft, tour a full-size replica of the Oval Office, and have brunch on the patio overlooking Simi Valley.
STRATHEARN HISTORICAL PARK AND MUSEUM
Wander among the charming historic buildings scattered throughout the enchanting Strathearn Historical Park and Museum. Step into an era when horse-drawn carriages were common. Explore a church that has stood since 1902, historic homes and vehicles, and the rustic beauty of two barns that have witnessed the passage of time.
SIMI VALLEY CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
For those passionate about art, the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center is a must-visit destination for art lovers. This performing arts hub orchestrates a diverse array of cultural happenings year-round. From theater spectacles and musical concerts to mesmerizing dance exhibitions and captivating art displays, the center plays host to a wide spectrum of cultural events.
SANTA SUSANA DEPOT MUSEUM AND MODEL RAILROAD
The historic Santa Susana Depot served travelers in Simi Valley for more than 60 years! Today, the Depot is the home to the Rancho Simi Foundation and the Santa Susana Pacific Model Railroad Club. Take a guided tour of the historic depot every Saturday from 1 pm-4 pm where you’ll explore the day-to-day operations of the old depot, a detailed model railroad, and if you’re lucky, a train might even pass by on the tracks just outside the depot.
SKATEBOARDING HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM
Boarders and fans won’t want to miss the Skateboarding Hall of Fame and Museum! This exceptional museum stands as a tribute to the rich history of skateboarding, boasting an impressive collection of over 5,000 vintage skateboards displayed prominently along its walls, accompanied by decades' worth of meticulously curated memorabilia. After touring the museum, take a ride on the halfpipe that’s inside the 10,000 sq. ft. building.
MILITARY HISTORY MUSEUM
The Military History Museum, brought to life by the local VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), is a treasure trove of historic memorabilia located at the heart of the Simi Valley Town Center. Stroll through the museum packed with military posters, historic uniforms, gear, and artifacts. Explore at your own pace, diving into exhibits and artifacts from WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, as well as items from the current War on Terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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