Placed on the National Register of Historic places, the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum is California Landmark number 152. The museum is situated on 17 acres of lush gardens and green space on the Rancho San Pedro, which was part of the first Spanish land grant in California by King Carlos III of Spain. King Carlos III granted the land to Juan Jose Dominguez, a retired Spanish soldier. The original adobe ranch home was completed in 1826 and is now the site of the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, which is operated by the Friends of Rancho San Pedro. More About –>
The mission of the Friends of Rancho San Pedro is to preserve and increase community awareness of early California history as it relates to the Dominguez family, homestead adobe and the Rancho San Pedro, the first Spanish land grant in California. This is accomplished through educational programs and the operation of the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum.
Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum interprets early California history through the story of the Dominguez Family. It is also the site of the first International Air Meet which was held in 1910 on Dominguez field and a battle during the Mexican American War in October 8-9, 1846.
The original adobe ranch home contained six good-sized rooms, including a chapel. The home was built to last with two-foot thick walls, heavy timbers and a flat, tarred roof. Over one hundred and seventy years later, it is still standing, and is now open to visitors as a historical museum. Ten gallery rooms interpret the history of the Rancho and the Dominguez family, as well as the richly intertwined histories of California, Spain and Mexico. The museum also has two rooms dedicated to the Early Birds of Aviation and the 1910 International Air Meet.
Through ongoing educational programs, special events and tours of the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, the Friends of San Pedro seek to preserve and increase the community awareness of early California history and life on the rancho.