We are convieniently located in the heart of Hollywood.
2100 North Highland Avenue, 90068
Directly across from the Hollywood Bowl
The Hollywood Heritage Museum is housed in the beautifully restored Lasky-DeMille Barn (c. 1895). The Museum features archival photographs from the silent movie days of motion picture production, movie props, historic documents and other movie related memorabilia. Also featured are historic photos and postcards of the streets, buildings and residences of Hollywood during its heyday.
On December 27, 1956 the Lasky-DeMille Barn was designated a California State Historic Landmark No. 554 representing the birth of the Hollywood motion picture industry. Since 1985 Hollywood Heritage Inc. has funded the preservation, restoration and maintenance of this early Hollywood treasure.
Ample free parking. Adults: $7, Members and children under 12: Free.
The Hollywood Heritage Museum makes a unique and exciting location for wrap parties; book signings, movie premieres, Holiday parties and many other special events. To request rental information sent via email click here.
As the Museum is occasionally closed due to events at the Hollywood Bowl, or other occurrences, you may wish to phone the Museum before your visit to make sure we will be open at (323) 874-2276.
The museum is now open 5 days a week, Wednesday - Sunday
from Noon until 4:00 pm.
Click the door to enter our gift shop
Highlights from the Archives
Hollywood Heritage Museum Archive & Collections
This is a new feature of the Archives page where we will feature various items in our permanent collection.
When the museum opened 35 years ago, there were no other film history museums in Hollywood. There had been other attempts at a Hollywood museum dating back as far as 1928 with the Harry Crocker Museum of Motion Picture props at Sunset Blvd. at Gordon Ave., but it too, lasted but a short time. Due to the openings and closings and announcements without action, when we opened, the general attitude was that we, too, would not be open very long. After we had been open over a year, donors began coming in with things to donate, so that now we have an extensive archive.
One of the challenges in maintaining an archive is processing items that do not come with provenance (a history of where the item comes from and who made it, and other related data). The Canco Beautebox tins in our collection are typical of this problem.
They came to us without much in the way of history. Some were anonymously donated and others were purchased by us. In researching these tins, it was often written that they were candy tins, or cookie tins, or talcum powder tins. It is only recently that we learned a little more about them and in doing so ALL those uses are true!
The American Can Company was founded in the last years of the 19th century. Their edge in the can market was developing a coating for the inside of the can that would pre vent the transfer from the metal to food or liquids contained therein. Their business flourished in the 1930s with the popularity of the beer can. They even developed the famous "church key" can openers of the day.
In 1922, the company, under the name "Canco Beautebox" developed a line of tins featuring illustrated portraits of popular movie stars like Gloria Swanson, Wallace Reid, Jackie Coogan, Charlie Chaplin, Mae Murray, Pola Negri, Betty Compson and Rudolph Valentino done by actor/illustrator Henry Clive. At left, you can see examples of the tins
and an ad that appeared in a perfumer's supply magazine that advertises that these tins can be used to market any number of cosmetic products.
Through a number of ownership and business changes, the company is now the financial firm, Primerica. The tins, however, remain popular items in auctions and collectibles sales, with the Valentino tin bringing high prices.
Hollywood Heritage maintains an archive which includes documents, photographs and other paper ephemera relating to the history of both Hollywood and the film industry. We also maintain an object collection which includes costumes, equipment and props used in films.
Our archive contains building survey records assembled since the 1980s of buildings in Hollywood. In some cases, no records have survived for any number of buildings, but the records we do maintain can include construction, repair and remodeling permits, newspaper clippings, and photographs. Our visual records for buildings in Hollywood include various types of local publications and materials produced by those businesses for promotion, such as brochures, menus, postcards, advertisements, club or organizational newsletters and programs.
We have select special collections, such as our material on the Hollywoodland housing development and its founder, S.H. Woodruff.
Our entertainment industry archives contain photographs, programs, and heralds promoting films from the beginning of the industry. We do loan items from our collection and have contributed to exhibits and displays at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Autry Southwest Museum, The Jewish Museum in Vienna, and the House of History Museum in Wurttemburg, Germany.
The archives are accessible through appointments made through our collections manager,
Richard Adkins. To contact us, email your requests or inquiries HERE.