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Angel's Attic, Santa Monica

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Angels Attic was a museum of dollhouses, toys, and miniatures located in Santa Monica, California.

The museum was established in 1984 by Jackie McMahan, a longtime collector, and Eleanor LaVove, a former fashion editor. McMahan and LaVove had begun a backyard dollhouse exhibition in 1974 to raise funds for a special education school attended by McMahan's granddaughter. The annual exhibitions later moved to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and drew thousands of visitors. In 1981 they bought a rundown Queen Anne style house in downtown Santa Monica, which had been built in 1895, moved to its present location in 1924, later subdivided into apartments, and allowed to deteriorate. They spent almost a year restoring the house, and opened the museum in 1984.
The museum closed permanently in April 2017.
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  • If you blink you would miss it. The angel statue outside the Victorian house structure if it's hard to find. It's metro close and offers a fine selection of doll house displays to view. I found a.....  more »
  • My husband and I visited this museum on Oct. 4th, 2016, and even though it was not open that day, Charles opened it because it was the only day I would be in Santa Monica and when I called him from...  more »
  • Closing! First visit today and we find they're packing up. It was lovely and I'm sorry it couldn't continue on, but the remaining family no longer wants to keep it going.
  • Magical, beyond, not to be missed!!! Don't think twice, just go!

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