Brea Museum and Historical Society

Brea Museum and Historical Society The Brea Museum & Historical Society is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and display of the material culture which represents our city's history.
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Since 1971 the Brea Historical Society has been dedicated to the preservation of the rich history of Brea. The Brea Historical Society provides a place for education, investigation, research, and community gatherings at the Museum. The Society encourages students, citizens, and visitors alike to explore the events, people, and stories that have shaped Brea in the past and continue to shape it into the future. We hope to see you at the Museum

Mission: Since 1971 the Brea Historical Society has been dedicated to the preservation of the rich history of Brea. The Brea Historical Society provides a place for education, investigation, research, and community gatherings at the Museum. The Society encourages students, citizens, and visitors alike to explore the events, people, and stories that have shaped Brea in the past and continue to shape it into the future. We hope to see you at the Museum

Operating as usual

Do you remember when these were being built?
10/23/2020

Do you remember when these were being built?

Do you remember when this was the view?
10/21/2020

Do you remember when this was the view?

Do you remember when this was in town?
10/19/2020

Do you remember when this was in town?

Do you remember eating here?
10/16/2020

Do you remember eating here?

Do you remember bringing your cleaning here?
10/14/2020

Do you remember bringing your cleaning here?

Do you remember the Meat Locker?
10/12/2020

Do you remember the Meat Locker?

Do you remember this?
10/09/2020

Do you remember this?

Do you remember this dealer?
10/07/2020

Do you remember this dealer?

Do you remember going here?
10/05/2020

Do you remember going here?

Do you remember bringing your cleaning here?
10/02/2020

Do you remember bringing your cleaning here?

Do you remember when it looked like this?
09/30/2020

Do you remember when it looked like this?

Do you remember going here?
09/28/2020

Do you remember going here?

Do you remember shopping here???
09/25/2020

Do you remember shopping here???

Do you remember this car lot???
09/23/2020

Do you remember this car lot???

Do you remember getting your car fixed here???
09/21/2020

Do you remember getting your car fixed here???

Do you remember passing this sign???
09/18/2020

Do you remember passing this sign???

Do you remember hanging out here???
09/16/2020

Do you remember hanging out here???

Do you remember when this was the view???
09/14/2020

Do you remember when this was the view???

Brea Museum and Historical Society's cover photo
09/11/2020

Brea Museum and Historical Society's cover photo

Do you remember when there was a slide at the Plunge?
09/11/2020

Do you remember when there was a slide at the Plunge?

Do you remember when the Plunge had a fountain?
09/09/2020

Do you remember when the Plunge had a fountain?

Do you remember when you could spend long lazy afternoons at the Plunge!
09/07/2020

Do you remember when you could spend long lazy afternoons at the Plunge!

Do you remember when this business was downtown?
09/04/2020

Do you remember when this business was downtown?

Do you remember when the view from the High School looked like this?
09/02/2020

Do you remember when the view from the High School looked like this?

Do you remember when these young men ruled the football field?
08/31/2020

Do you remember when these young men ruled the football field?

Do you remember when... Batman met with student journalists from all over Southern California? Zowie! Pow! Holy Popcorn!
08/28/2020

Do you remember when... Batman met with student journalists from all over Southern California? Zowie! Pow! Holy Popcorn!

Do you remember when Fisher Pharmacy was on Brea Blvd?
08/26/2020

Do you remember when Fisher Pharmacy was on Brea Blvd?

It's Memory Monday! Do you know where this was?
08/24/2020

It's Memory Monday! Do you know where this was?

Go Figure Friday! Did you know on August 3, 1959, the Brea City Council passed Ordinance 300 to regulate the setback mea...
08/21/2020

Go Figure Friday! Did you know on August 3, 1959, the Brea City Council passed Ordinance 300 to regulate the setback measurement on major city streets? 50 feet from the center of the street was deemed enough space to keep developers from building too close to the street. Go Figure!

What's Cooking Wednesday! This might not be a recipe but it certainly is a lot of information for some pots and pans!!
08/19/2020

What's Cooking Wednesday! This might not be a recipe but it certainly is a lot of information for some pots and pans!!

It's Memory Monday! What was your favorite meal here?
08/17/2020

It's Memory Monday! What was your favorite meal here?

Go Figure Friday!Did you know on May 6, 1963 the city of Brea passed Ordinance 345 to regulate the keeping and control o...
08/14/2020

Go Figure Friday!
Did you know on May 6, 1963 the city of Brea passed Ordinance 345 to regulate the keeping and control of animals and the suppression of rabies and other infectious and contagious diseases? The County Poundmaster would oversee the city’s dogs and other animals. All dogs would need to be licensed, receive rabies vaccines, and remain under the control of their owner. Unaccompanied animals will be impounded at the County Animal Control Shelter. Charges and penalties varied by animal type. Go Figure!

What's Cooking Wednesday. This is from the 1956 Brea Progress.
08/12/2020

What's Cooking Wednesday. This is from the 1956 Brea Progress.

It's Memory Monday! Does anyone know where this is?
08/10/2020

It's Memory Monday! Does anyone know where this is?

Go Figure Friday! Did you know on July 4th 1956 the Brea Progress reported that the pinball machine at Sam's Place had b...
08/07/2020

Go Figure Friday! Did you know on July 4th 1956 the Brea Progress reported that the pinball machine at Sam's Place had been confiscated by Federal Authorities for failure to pay the required 250.00 tax on such machines? In 1951, the Federal Government passed the Johnson Act that prohibited the interstate transport of "coin gambling machines" and requiring a license tax be paid each year by the owner. Apparently "coin gambling" was a real concern to the Federal Government. Local governments tried to stop gambling with Washington DC enacting the first restriction in 1936 but coin gambling persisted. Go figure!

Address

495 S Brea Blvd
Brea, CA
92821

General information

Visit the Museum Thursdays 2:00 pm to 5 pm and Saturdays, 10 am to 3:00 pm. The Museum is currently collecting objects and photographs related to the history of the City of Brea, its residents, and its region. Please contact the museum if you are interested in offering a donation. Mailing address: 125 Elm Street Brea, CA 92821

Opening Hours

Thursday 14:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(714) 256-2283

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Found from a friend. Class of 36
Does anyone remember or have info on the big house that used to be on the corner of Imperial and Berry? It might have been an old ranch house? I would love any information that anyone can share as I can't seem to find anything via google! We used to drive by it constantly growing up and am just curious :-)
If you live in Brea, this is a great inexpensive gift for yourself and friends. Holidays coming up.
I thought the Historical Society might enjoy this photo! :) It's my Dad and I at the All-Class reunion at Brea-Olinda High School in the late 80's (I think 1988?) shortly before the school was demolished. My Dad was Craig Lilley and his younger brothers were Roger, Keith and Bruce - all were BOHS Alumni too.
the monument on Brea blvd. going into Brea canyon just past central/ state collage. who or what was it for ?
Laural Elementary School 1932-33 3rd grade class.
What year was the stop light put at the intersection of Imperial Hwy and Brea Blvd???
My two kids graduated from the old high school, we live in Country Hills on Shadetree, I coached Little League and Kids football. I moved back to Penna. in 1997, wish I was back, loved Brea, a great city, changed a lot since I moved!!!!
im not sure if I am a member of this page ? I want to be ! thanks.
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Actors: THE OLINDA STORY - WRITTEN BY WILLIAM MITTLER DIRECTED BY JESSE RUNDE Auditions: Sept 10, 11 6:30-10:30 Runs: November 3-12 Rehearses : October Details in flyer!
We would like to thank Linda & Barbara for all the help making Mom's 90th Birthday Party a great day. The whole family and friends loved the facility and set up, which made it perfect for Mom. It was such a special day for everyone, and we got tons of photos. Thanks again for everything from Chris & Sherry.