The Santa Monica History Museum’s premier exhibit, “Life at the Miramar,” showcases the hotel’s history since its creation in 1875. With the potential upcoming renovations to the Fairmont-Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, which were recently presented to City Council, this exhibit is put into perspective.
The exhibit presents original photographs, artifacts and documents from the Fairmont Miramar Hotel’s star-studded history. John F. Kennedy, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Lindbergh and Steven Spielberg are a mere few of the long list of celebrities and political figures who stayed at the hotel over the years.
The Miramar Moreton Bay fig tree which stands in front of the hotel has been there since 1879, and is one of Santa Monica’s oldest landmarks; it is also chronicled through this exhibit.
“The ‘Life at the Miramar’ exhibit is one of several marvelous collections on display for residents and guests to experience at the museum,” Louise Gabriel, president and CEO at the Santa Monica History Museum, said. “I hope that everyone who visits the museum gains a deeper knowledge and excitement about Santa Monica’s history and appreciation of the founders who made our beautiful city possible.”
The exhibit was originally scheduled to close in Oct. 2011 but was extended due to its popularity, museum officials said.
Tours of the museum are available by appointment. Visit santamonicahistory.org for more information.
— Hannah Berkman