The Homestead Museum is a six-acre site that was once part of the nearly 49,000-acre Rancho La Puente. The Museum provides a unique way to look at Southern California’s history from the time that California was part of Mexico through the Roaring Twenties. The Museum features the Workman House, a Victorian-era country house constructed around an 1840s adobe; La Casa Nueva, a 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival mansion noted for its architectural crafts; and El Campo Santo, one of the oldest private cemeteries in the region. The museum also has a Gallery with a small exhibit space.
Tours of the houses are guided, while tours of El Campo Santo and the Gallery are self-guided.
Free tours are available Wednesday through Sunday of the Workman House at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m., and of La Casa Nueva at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. No reservations are needed. Tours last up to 45 minutes each and include a fair amount of walking.
Tours in Spanish are offered the second Sunday of every month at 2:30 (of the Workman House) and 3:30 p.m. (of La Casa Nueva).
Tours are not offered on major holidays.
The holiday exhibit will be on view from Wednesday, November 25, 2015, through Sunday, January 10, 2016.
Group tours can be scheduled daily for up to 75 people. We suggest that groups make reservations 2 to 4 weeks in advance.
Tours focusing on special topics (such as architecture or architectural crafts), or in American Sign Language and select foreign languages are also available by appointment. For reservations, call (626) 968-8492.
The Homestead Museum offers guided tours for school groups of up to 75 people (including chaperones) and can be followed by a class picnic on the museum grounds. For more information, click here or call (626) 968-8492. The Homestead also offers a specialized school program for fourth graders called A Journey Through Time.