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Brea Museum and Heritage Center

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The Brea Museum and Heritage Center first entered the scene when a proposal to turn the vacant old American Legion building into a city museum was presented to the city council in 2001. The proposal was accepted, and soon after, construction began on the seismic retrofit, which was completed in 2005. An award-winning museum designer was then hired to design the layout and displays. A few years later, after a massive fundraising campaign, the doors were opened and the stories of Brea’s past were finally presented to the public. There are displays about the oil boom, agriculture, education, aviation and sports. About when Judy Garland sang at the Red Lantern Theater, the design and construction of the first cantilevered, mono-wing airplane built in the United States, and of course about the “Big Game,” an exhibition baseball game played in 1924 between hometown favorite Walter Johnson and his rival—and good friend—Babe Ruth. We show what it was like growing up during the depression. We show creatures that roamed the area over 40,000 years ago. For a small museum, we tell a huge story.

The museum is getting better and better. Since the board of directors hired a museum director not long ago, it has made a great leap forward and can now stand toe to toe with any other city museum in the area.

If you haven’t visited lately, please stop by, look around and enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Don Schweitzer

Museum Founder
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"Thank you" for visiting Beautiful Brea Old & New (BBON). First & foremost, I am a proud mother & wife. I am also a well-rounded independent contractor. But you can call me an enthusiastic cheerleader, supporting wholeheartedly the City of Brea --a charming town with character & innovation, turning 100 years old in 2017!

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