california surfer at sunset


Huntington Beach, Calif.-It's easy to write about Huntington Beach museums because there are only two at this time. The museums are the historic Newland House Museum and the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum. Both are operated with help from the City of Huntington Beach. The historic Newland House actually rents on grounds and meeting space in the Newland House barn behind the house, rented through Community Services department. The International Surfing Museum is provided a building to operate their nonprofit museum for something like a few dollars per year in a prime downtown Huntington Beach location.


The Newland House is only available for touring on weekends from around Noon to 4 p.m., while the Surfing Museum is  open most days from around noon to 5 p.m.


The Newland House Museum contains many of the original wood and materials from the Victorian era in which this house was built on a hilltop overlooking the Newland family farming assets that once contributed to economy of the area. The land surrounding the house today is filled in with roads, houses and shopping centers, and the house itself, has been refurbished and decorated with items that reflect the style and flavor the house would have taken on in its early years. A few antiques and artifacts still remain on view in the home, along with photos of family members and early 20th century life in the village that was to become Huntington Beach. The museum can be found on Beach Blvd. at the Newland Center on the corner of Beach & Adams. At sunset the grounds are lovely to look at from the gated fence that surrounds the property.


The Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum was founded as a fitting tribute to the surfing culture and industry that is so prominent in Huntington Beach, also known as Surf City. The museum is filled with artifacts such as one of the cornerstones from the Huntington Beach Pier, a bust of Duke Kahanamoku, photos, antique surfboards, skateboards, and even musical memories. Items usually on display include the camera used in the original Bruce Brown surfing film, Endless Summer, which was once of the first films to chronicle the life of surfers traveling the globe.


Both museums are incredibly affordable to visit (neither charges more than a few dollars admission at this time).


Events: The Newland House Museum hosts and annual Civil War Re-enactment and Encampment in Central Park. Thousands of people attend the event and watch living history exhibits. It is usually held around Labor Day Weekend.


The Surfing Museum hosts regular exhibits and also features Surfing Sundays concerts during the summer months. The free concerts are held in the parking lot of the museum, and several are hosted at Pier Plaza adjacent to Huntington Beach Pier.