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

It' Memory Monday. OK, no food here but certainly some of you remember this place...even today!
01/20/2020

It' Memory Monday. OK, no food here but certainly some of you remember this place...even today!

It's Memory Monday. In keeping with our food theme, how many remember this place?
01/13/2020

It's Memory Monday. In keeping with our food theme, how many remember this place?

It's Memory Monday. Does anyone remember this place? What was the best thing on the menu?
01/06/2020

It's Memory Monday. Does anyone remember this place? What was the best thing on the menu?

Wishing all our friends a very HAPPY NEW YEAR. Looking forward to seeing you all at the Annual Meeting on January 15th a...
01/01/2020

Wishing all our friends a very HAPPY NEW YEAR. Looking forward to seeing you all at the Annual Meeting on January 15th at 6:30pm.

It's Memory Monday. Does anyone remember where this was? If you want to see it today, you'll have to come to the Museum!
12/30/2019

It's Memory Monday. Does anyone remember where this was? If you want to see it today, you'll have to come to the Museum!

12/26/2019

So our docents and volunteers can enjoy the holiday with friends and family, the Brea Museum will be closed today 12/26/19. We will reopen Saturday 12/28/19 at 10am. A Blessed Holiday to all.

It's Memory Monday. Did anyone get a coke here?
12/23/2019

It's Memory Monday. Did anyone get a coke here?

It's Memory Monday. Did anyone shop here?
12/16/2019

It's Memory Monday. Did anyone shop here?

2020 Annual Meeting
12/14/2019

2020 Annual Meeting

It's Memory Monday. How many of you had one of these?
12/09/2019

It's Memory Monday. How many of you had one of these?

We were profoundly honored to have the American Legion Commanders from Orange County at the Brea Museum today!  It has b...
12/09/2019

We were profoundly honored to have the American Legion Commanders from Orange County at the Brea Museum today! It has been nearly 86 years since they were all here at Post 181. We thank you for your service!

It's Giving Tuesday!
12/03/2019

It's Giving Tuesday!

It's Memory Monday. How many remember this view of downtown?
12/02/2019

It's Memory Monday. How many remember this view of downtown?

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving.
11/28/2019

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving.

It's Memory Monday! Have any of you stopped here?
11/18/2019

It's Memory Monday! Have any of you stopped here?

Congratulations to our very own John Bickel who has been awarded 2019 Citizen of the Year award from the Brea Chamber of...
11/14/2019

Congratulations to our very own John Bickel who has been awarded 2019 Citizen of the Year award from the Brea Chamber of Commerce! John donates countless hours to the Historical Society and our community. Whoo Hoo John, thank you for all you do.

It's Memory Monday. In honor of all our Veterans; THANK YOU. How many of you met at this VFW Hall? What about this origi...
11/11/2019

It's Memory Monday. In honor of all our Veterans; THANK YOU. How many of you met at this VFW Hall? What about this original American Legion Building?

Happy Birthday Walter Johnson!! The Big Train would have been 132 today. Come to the Brea Museum to read about his story...
11/06/2019

Happy Birthday Walter Johnson!! The Big Train would have been 132 today. Come to the Brea Museum to read about his story and the history of Baseball in Brea.

It's Memory Monday. You might recognize the exterior of this building but how many of you recognize this view?
11/04/2019

It's Memory Monday. You might recognize the exterior of this building but how many of you recognize this view?

Congratulations Washington!! While not the same Washington team (today's Nationals were once the Expos and the former Se...
10/31/2019

Congratulations Washington!! While not the same Washington team (today's Nationals were once the Expos and the former Senators are now the Twins...for you real baseball wizards, after the Senators moved to St. Louis an expansion team was formed...they are now the Rangers)...but I digress...CONGRATULATIONS Washington.

AND...95 years ago today, members of that original Senators team and some other rather famous players (Babe Ruth, Sam Crawford, Ken Williams, Jimmy Austin, Harvey McClellan, Ernie Johnson, and Bob Meusel to name a few) came to Brea to play an exhibition game sponsored by the Anaheim Elks. After the game they (Johnson and Ruth) headed to Anaheim to head the first Halloween parade (a tradition still going strong).

So, in the spirit of Washington's win, come on down to the Museum and brush up on your baseball history!!

10/30/2019

Portola Expedition Lecture in La Habra.
Did you miss the lecture on the Portol√° Expedition on October 12th? Not to worry; Phil Brigandi is speaking at La Habra City Hall on Sunday 11/3/19 at 1pm. La Habra City hall is located at 110 E. La Habra Blvd. The lecture will be in the Atrium. Parking is behind the building. Hope to see you there!

It's Memory Monday. How many of you purchased gas here? Did anyone have sideburns like these?
10/28/2019

It's Memory Monday. How many of you purchased gas here? Did anyone have sideburns like these?

Save the date! Meet your NextDoor neighbors on November 2nd from 12 to 3 pm at the Brea Museum. The Museum is located at...
10/24/2019

Save the date! Meet your NextDoor neighbors on November 2nd from 12 to 3 pm at the Brea Museum. The Museum is located at City Hall Park; 495 S. Brea Blvd on the corner of Elm and Brea Blvd. Hope to see you there.

It's Memory Monday. Did anyone attend this dedication?
10/21/2019

It's Memory Monday. Did anyone attend this dedication?

It's Memory Monday! How many of you remember where this sign was?
10/14/2019

It's Memory Monday! How many of you remember where this sign was?

It's Memory Monday! How many of you remember this building?
10/07/2019

It's Memory Monday! How many of you remember this building?

Don't forget...the great chili cook off is just around the corner. See you there!
10/05/2019

Don't forget...the great chili cook off is just around the corner. See you there!

It's Memory Monday. Did you shop here?
09/30/2019

It's Memory Monday. Did you shop here?

It's Memory Monday. Did anyone shop here?
09/23/2019

It's Memory Monday. Did anyone shop here?

It's Memory Monday! How many of you remember this intersection?
09/16/2019

It's Memory Monday! How many of you remember this intersection?

Do you make amazing chili? Have you considered entering the 1st Annual Chili Cookoff? We'd love to taste some!! Entry fo...
09/14/2019

Do you make amazing chili? Have you considered entering the 1st Annual Chili Cookoff? We'd love to taste some!! Entry form below. See you October 12th at the Brea Museum.

It's Memory Monday. Do you remember what your favorite meal was here?
09/09/2019

It's Memory Monday. Do you remember what your favorite meal was here?

It's Memory Monday. How many of you remember this?
09/02/2019

It's Memory Monday. How many of you remember this?

It's Memory Monday and this one will take you waaay back! How many of you recognize this strip of highway? Many of you p...
08/26/2019

It's Memory Monday and this one will take you waaay back! How many of you recognize this strip of highway? Many of you pass it every day!

It's Memory Monday. Did anyone shop here?
08/19/2019

It's Memory Monday. Did anyone shop here?

It's Memory Monday! How many of you bought a slice here?
08/12/2019

It's Memory Monday! How many of you bought a slice here?

It's Memory Monday. How many of you shopped here? Remember where it was located?
08/05/2019

It's Memory Monday. How many of you shopped here? Remember where it was located?

It's Memory Monday, how many of your remember this group and the parade they rode in??
07/29/2019

It's Memory Monday, how many of your remember this group and the parade they rode in??

It's Memory Monday. How many of you visited this location? Notice anything missing?
07/22/2019

It's Memory Monday. How many of you visited this location? Notice anything missing?

07/21/2019

The Brea Museum & Historical Society is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of the rich history of the city of Brea. That is our only mission; historic preservation. If you are a friend, please DO NOT post political statements of any type on this page!

It's Memory Monday. Does anyone recognize this building? Do you know were it was first built, and then moved, and then m...
07/15/2019

It's Memory Monday. Does anyone recognize this building? Do you know were it was first built, and then moved, and then moved again?

Can any of you identify where this is? I'll give you a hint: the photo was taken in 1979. Extra credit for the original ...
07/08/2019

Can any of you identify where this is? I'll give you a hint: the photo was taken in 1979. Extra credit for the original name!

We are profoundly grateful to the American Legion Post 181 for their generous donation to our "Replace the Museum Roof F...
07/06/2019

We are profoundly grateful to the American Legion Post 181 for their generous donation to our "Replace the Museum Roof Fundraiser." Major thanks to Lieutenant Steve Vargas for making this happen!!!

It's Memory Monday. How many of you worked here?
07/01/2019

It's Memory Monday. How many of you worked here?

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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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.
Linda Shay, my name is Alex Gasporra, a long time resident of Brea. About a year ago, I sent you a newspaper article, written by Susan Gaede, about "sign of the times." This is the story where we started the first sports signs saying, "A Brea Olinda Wildcat Lives Here." I was the varsity football teams booster club president. I hope you still have it and if you're interested, I still have the original one that was made. Please contact me at (714) 529-8283, or e-mail me at, [email protected]. Look forward to hear from you.