Point Vicente Interpretive Center
Accept donations for the museum
- Gift Shop
- Picnic Areas
- Picnic Tables
- Wedding Venue
- Whale Watching
A portion of the museum is temporarily closed until March 2019. For more information click here.
The 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 newly expanded Interpretive Center, re-opened on July 15, 2006, features exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the Peninsula, with a special emphasis on the Pacific gray whale. This premier whale watch site provides spectacular opportunities to view the annual migration of the Pacific gray whale, from December through April.
The park grounds may be enjoyed from dawn to dusk. Picnic tables are available, however, fires, barbecues, drones and smoking are prohibited at this site. Dogs must be on a leash.
This Park, with its stunning ocean view, is located on the cliffs adjacent to the Point Vicente Lighthouse. This natural setting by the sea is a wonderful location for an outdoor wedding, reception or other special event. If you are interested in renting the facility please view the park facility rentals document (PDF) for pricing and information, or give us a call at 310-544-5375.
Los Serenos de Point Vicente is the docent volunteer organization. The city trains volunteers (docents) to lead tours inside the museum at the Interpretive Center and to lead hikes in several Rancho Palos Verdes locations. If you are interested in becoming a docent, please call the Docent Coordinator at 310-544-5265.
For information on State Marine Conservation Areas and fishing restrictions, click here (PDF).