Adamson House Museum ranks among some of the most magnificent homes in California—a mini Hearst Castle, Los Angeles style on Malibu Beach. One of the first quintessential Californian-style houses, this quasi-mansion was initially constructed for the Rindge–Adamson family, who owned and operated the well-known Malibu Potteries.
The home is located on a sandy lagoon adjacent to Surfrider Beach, Malibu Lagoon, and the Malibu bird sanctuary.
Adamson House History
The property was the last to be part of the Malibu Spanish grant. It contained excellent examples of early California tile, giving guests a sense of when all the Spanish revival homes were being built in and around the area.
This architectural marvel is covered in thousands of ornate tiles and is ideally situated on two acres of prime Southern California real estate.
Flagstone pathways weave their way through beautiful landscapes adorned with well-manicured trees, native shrubs, and flowers of just about every variety and hue.
Several sparkling fountains on the property, and a pool with an adjoining bathhouse, all decorated with magnificent Malibu tile. It’s a great place to bring a blanket, picnic, and soak in nature.
Adamson House Guided Tour
To see the interior of the home, there is a half-hour-long, docent-led tour that gives visitors some California social history art history as well as an account of the property itself.
It’s well worth it, as even from inside, the views are breathtaking, all designed to provide spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean from more than one wall in almost every room.
While roaming the house’s interior, don’t forget to look for everyday household items made entirely from tile, the most famous being the Persian rug and the kitchen clock.
So much attention to detail in every area of the property, from ceiling to baseboards, has been taken, as the original owners, the Adamson and the Rindge families, really outdid themselves when decorating their home. Yes, there is even a fancy dog’s bath covered in Malibu tile.
Malibu Lagoon Museum
The Malibu Lagoon Museum is also on the property adjacent to the Adamson House.
The museum contains a collection of artifacts, rare photographs, and documents depicting the colorful history of Malibu. It takes visitors from the early Chumash Indian era through the Spanish California culture.
The Adamson House itself has a refreshing uniqueness and doesn’t feel like some of the other stuffier historic homes one might tour in other places.
It has that typical laid-back southern California feel, transporting guests back to a time before Malibu became a trendy spot for celebrities and the rich and famous.
Getting to Adamson House
Both the house and the museum are open from Wednesday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission to the museum is free. There’s also a unique little gift shop where you can purchase some reproduction Malibu tiles because after walking around for a couple of hours, you will want to redecorate your humble abode.
Taking photos or videos inside of the building is off-limits. Still, there are plenty of opportunities to take pictures of the house’s exterior, the gardens, and photographs of the Malibu Lagoon and Surfrider beach, too.
While it’s free to wander the grounds, guided tours of the Adamson House require a small fee. Free and paid parking is nearby—Adamson House Address: 23200 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, California.