Have you ever wanted to travel back in time and explore the history of Brea? Well, Brea Museum and Historical Society serves as a gateway for you to experience a sense of the past, dating back to the city’s birth in 1917. Located in City Hill Park at Brea Boulevard and Elm Street, the museum works to “preserve the past and educate the future”. On site, you will find exhibits displaying artifacts, photographs and manuscripts, memorabilia, and small-scaled models.
One of the most memorable exhibitions is the Oil Industry exhibit, centered around the architecture and industry of Brea when the city experienced its economic boom due to the abundance of oil. Allowing its visitors to discover the history of Brea’s oil industry, the museum showcases photographs of oil rigs and small-scale models of buildings built by the oil field workers. However, the museum does not solely display exhibits related to Brea’s economy but also prominent events in the history of Brea, including Brea during the 70’s, summer, and wartimes, the Grassroot Struggle for School Desegregation, and the city’s aviation industry. Brea Museum and Historical Society also offers distinct exhibits from other museums, such as the photographs from a baseball game with the participation of Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson, along with a special token of the former’s autographed baseball.
The museum also takes into consideration that under certain circumstances, its physical is not available for all visitors. Therefore, linked on its website at breamuseum.org, it provides mini virtual gallery tours of some of its exhibits. For instance, in the virtual Oil Industry exhibit, the guide explains that Brea was found on the discovery of oil and presents a panoramic photo of early oil fields and oil barracks built of wood in Brea. In the Sports Hero’s virtual exhibit, the guide reports on the background of Randy Jones, a famous baseball player from the Brea area. Aside from history, the museum accommodates social events, allowing visitors to host events with its facility rental.
Important to any museum are the museum docents, who educate the visitors of the historical information behind Brea. At Brea Museum and History Society, the docents are knowledgeable and informative, as well-as welcoming. Considering the pandemic, the museum is open with CDC recommended safety precautions. Visitors are required to wear face masks or face shields, social distance, and the museum provides temperature checks and hand sanitizer for visitors and staff upon arrival.
The clock is ticking, do not miss this opportunity to time travel! The museum opens on Thursdays from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Visit the gift shop while you are there!