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ORGANIZATION: Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum

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  • 26 people are interested

Tour Guide/ Docents conduct museum tours for visitors of all ages.

New volunteer docents go through a training consisting of one in-person training session and an new docent "how to" orientation. Additionally, docents will be required to read historical background documents to prepare for a final check out tour before being signed off.

Docents present the story of the Rancho San Pedro, the Dominguez family, and the 1910 International Aviation Meet within the context of Southern California development.

Tours are given every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday and the first Thursday and Friday of each month at 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm.

Minimum commitment is one tour day per month. Monthly docent meetings are every 1st Saturday.

Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum volunteers receive a 10% discount in the museum gift shop and are invited to our Winter and Summer Volunteer Luncheons. Additionally, four times a year the docent team is invited on a group outing to visit a local historic site or museum; admission and lunch paid for by the museum.

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About Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum


18127 South Alameda Street, Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220, US

Mission Statement

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.


The Rancho San Pedro is the site of the first Spanish land grant in California. It was given in 1784 by King Carlos III to Juan Jose Dominguez, a retired Spanish soldier who came to California with the Portola expedition and Father Junipero Serra. The original grant encompassed 75,000 acres, including the entire Los Angeles Harbor area. The land eventually passed to Manuel Dominguez, who built the adobe home on the property in 1826, which serves today as the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum. Dominguez was active in the civic life of early Los Angeles, serving on both the City Council and County Board of Supervisors. He was elected Mayor of Los Angeles in 1832, and was one of the signers of California's first Constitution in 1849. In 1910, the Rancho San Pedro was the site of the first Aviation Meet in the United States. The Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum is California Historical Landmark Number 152 and in 1976 was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.


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18127 S. Alameda StRancho Dominguez, CA 90220



  • General Education
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Library Sciences
  • History
  • Research
  • Public Speaking


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • One 3 hour shift per month plus 1 docent meeting (1 hour) per month.
  • Historical background training

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