Visit the Point Vicente Interpretive Center

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Due to ongoing facilities repairs following a flood event on October 27, 2022, caused by a water pipe leak, the Point Vicente Interpretive Center museum will remain closed to the public through at least January 31, 2023. We apologize for the inconvenience. The gift shop has reopened as a popup shop in the Sunset Room. Stop by anytime from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily to browse our selection of gifts with local flair, from apparel, jewelry, tree ornaments and books, to ocean-inspired plush toys, home decor, dinnerware, and more! Enter through the rear patio of the Interpretive Center, as the main entrance remains closed. For more information, please call 310-544-5375. 


Are you interested in booking a wedding or event at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center? Click the button below to book a tour of the Sunset Room. For more information, visit the Facility's main page.

Book Sunset Room Tour

New Exhibits

In April 2021, the Point Vicente Interpretive Center debuted new interactive exhibits that take visitors alongside gray whales and birds as they journey along the coast of the Peninsula. The displays also explore the history of animal and human migration and navigation. These permanent exhibits were made possible with funding from the nonprofit Los Serenos de Point Vicente and complement the Point Vicente Lighthouse Fresnel lens and an exhibit on the history of the whaling industry, which were added to the museum in 2019. Swipe the slideshow below for a sneak peek.

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About the Point Vicente Interpretive Center

The Point Vicente Interpretive Center opened in 1984 with a mission to present and interpret the unique features and history of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The almost 10,000-square-foot expanded museum, reopened in July 2006, features exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the Peninsula, with a special emphasis on the Pacific gray whale. Tours are led by members of the docent volunteer organization Los Serenos de Point Vicente, however, tours will be unavailable until museums can operate at increased capacity. This premier whale watch site provides spectacular opportunities to view the annual migration of the Pacific gray whale from December through mid-May. 

The Point Vicente Interpretive Center is located at 31501 Palos Verdes Drive West in Rancho Palos Verdes and is currently closed to the public due to ongoing facilities repairs.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in programs, services, activities and meetings, contact the City's ADA Coordinator/Risk Manager at 310-683-3157,, 30940 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275, at least 48 hours in advance to request an auxiliary aid or accommodation.