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Rancho Los Alamitos is located within Bixby Hill and accessed through the residential security gate at Anaheim and Palo Verde. Admission to and parking at Rancho Los Alamitos is free. Special events that require reservations and have an admission fee are listed on our website.
Rancho Los Alamitos is twice listed on the National Register of Historic Places - once as the sacred Tongva village of Povuu’ngna, the traditional birthplace of the native people of the Los Angeles Basin and, second, for the evolution of its significant historic landscape over time. The site includes traces of the ancestral village, a ranch house with a central core of adobe ca.1800, four acres of lush historic gardens developed during the 1920s and 1930s, and the restored working ranch barnyard of the early-mid 20th century. With the opening of the Rancho Center, the film, new exhibits and room environments feature the landscape, the people and the place over time and within the context of the development of the region and the state.
This exceptional site reveals the early Tongva presence, the Spanish and Mexican periods, the ranching and farming era, and the imprint of 20th century development. A quintessential place for people to experience the living story of southern California, Rancho Los Alamitos is a microcosm of the region, past to present.
2017 Long Beach Heritage Award for Excellence in Preservation of the Cook’s Bedroom and the Kitchen Areas of the Historic Ranch House.
2015 Long Beach Heritage Award for Excellence in Preservation of the Girls’ Bedroom and the Back Hall in the Historic Ranch House.
2013 Long Beach Heritage Award for innovative blend of preservation and adaptive reuse of the 1948 Horse Barn to create the Rancho Education Center.
2012 Long Beach Heritage Award in Cultural Resources Studies category to Claudia Jurmain for the publication Rancho Los Alamitos: Ever Changing, Always the Same.
2011 Long Beach Heritage Award for Excellence in Relocation and Restoration of the Historic Barns Area.
2010 American Association for State and Local History Leadership in History Award for the publication O’ My Ancestor: Recognition and Renewal for the Gabrielino/Tongva People of the Los Angeles Area.
Long Beach Heritage Award for Excellence in Restoration of the Native Garden.
2009 Long Beach Heritage Award for Excellence in Restoration of the Tennis Court, Grape Arbor, Jacaranda Pergola and Friendly Garden.
2008 Long Beach Heritage Restoration and Preservation Award for cultural landscape stewardship.
2007 Cultural Landscape Foundation of America selected the signature pair of Moreton Bay Fig trees on the front lawn as “Horticultural Heroes of the United States.”
2006 Cultural Landscape Foundation of America Stewardship Excellence Award for cultural landscape preservation.
Garden Club of America Zone Historic Preservation Award.
Long Beach Heritage Merit Award for Footprints on the Land, the cultural geography in-classroom teaching kit.
Crystal Vision Award from Boeing.
2005 Long Beach Heritage Preservation Award for restoration of the Secret Garden.
Long Beach Heritage Preservation Award for seismic strengthening of the Ranch House.
2004 Film & Video Festival Silver Medal winner for Outstanding Documentary Film Rancho Los Alamitos: An Island in Time.