Leonis Adobe Museum

Leonis Adobe Museum


In the city of Calabasas you can explore a little piece of California’s history at the Leonis Adobe Museum (www.leonisadobemuseum.org). The museum is committed to preserving the remains of the old west and the ranch style life that existed in the area in the late 1800’s and sharing that with society today. The house was originally an adobe structure, built in the mid 1800’s and was expanded and remodeled into the building that stands today by Miguel Leonis and his wife, Espiritu Chijulla, who was the daughter of a Chumash chief. The home today has been restored to the way it was when they lived there after the remodel. The Plummer House, also built in the late 1800’s, now sits on the property as well – it was moved from West Hollywood where it was originally built and added to the museum as part of the preservation. It now operates at the Visitor Center and gift shop.

The museum and gift shop are open Wednesday – Sunday from 1-4pm, with extended hours on Saturday when everything opens at 10am. It’s $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $1 for children under 12 to visit the museum. You can visit on your own but a guided tour will help you learn more about the history of everything that is on display and the docents will also share with you the colorful stories of the Leonis family. Guided tours are available on Saturday and Sunday. You can also schedule your own group or private tour for your class or organization.

The Leonis Adobe Museum sometimes hosts special events like wine tastings and you can check the website for more information about any events going on around the time you would like to visit. In addition to the houses, on the ranch you’ll see vineyards, animals including horses, sheep, goats, turkey, chickens and doves, a collection of old farm equipment that was used on the ranches of yesteryear, as well as a number of special exhibits designed to show you what life was like in the late 1800’s. It’s an informative and educational experience to visit the Leonis Adobe.




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