The Historical Society of Long Beach collects, preserves and presents local history. Through historical collections, exhibitions and programs we connect people to the past and to the place they live. We seek to present an inclusive community narrative and help create a greater understanding of our neighborhoods, the city and its place in the larger world. Visitors to the HSLB will find much to enjoy in a permanent timeline and rotating exhibitions. With a collection that dates back to the 1880s, there is something for everyone. Researchers should make appointments in advance. The HSLB has one of the broadest collections of the city’s history. Whether your interest is architecture, photography, early film studios, the Navy, your own home and neighborhood, the Pike, the city’s schools, or local city government, you will probably find something in our collection that will intrigue you. We hope you enjoy your visit! A suggested donation of $5 is strongly encouraged, but no one is turned away for lack of funds.