Upcoming Event

Meet all the ghosts you’ve been dying to meet and learn about all the spooky folklore about Old Town Tustin.

  • Visit the Spookiest places in Tustin
  • Hunt Ghosts in Old Town
  • Hear about the Dark side of Tustin history
Upcoming Event

Night at the Museum: Lost Landmarks of Orange County

Do you remember long-gone attractions like the Japanese Deer Park, Movieland Wax Museum, Buffalo Ranch, the Orange Count Raceway, and Lion County Safari?

The Tustin Area Historical Society proudly features an entertaining evening with  historian Chris Epting who will share his new book, “Lost Landmarks of Orange County.”

Delve into the fascinating stories and photos of iconic places that have shaped the history of Orange County. 

Upcoming Event

Join us May 18, 2024 at our 25th Old Town Tustin Home & Garden Tour

The Tustin Area Historical Society hosts our popular Old Town Tustin Home and Garden Tour Saturday, May 18th, 2024. Our walking tour is always such a wonderful celebration of Old Town – the homes, the gardens, the people, the history, and the businesses. And this year, we have so much more!

For full information and to view the schedule of speakers/events, click the box below. 

Some of the many beautiful flowers at the Old Town Tustin Home & Garden Tour, 2019.
Front view of the Tustin Area Museum - Tustin History
Inside view of the Tustin Area Museum showing our 1912 Buick touring car modified to be Tustin's first fire engine. The car was donated by Sam Tustin, the son of the city's founder - Tustin History

Welcome to the Web Home of the Tustin Area Historical Society and the Tustin Area Museum!

The Tustin Area Historical Society was founded in 1976 for the purpose of preserving the rich and colorful history of our local area.

Our website proudly celebrates the local history of the city of Tustin. We have some great old photos and some interesting articles and you can be sure that we will add more over time. We’re always looking for more content – articles, photos, and even old ads and printed materials. 

Our renovated museum is now open. For more on Tustin history, visit us. Our current open days are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 3 pm, and Saturdays from 11 am until 3 pm. Our location is at 395 El Camino Real at Main St.

Explore the Museum

Major Areas of Tustin History

The History of the Tustin Blimp Hangars

Current view of one of Tustin's Blimp Hangars, c2019

Latest Articles About Tustin History

Friends of the Tustin Area Historical Society

Online Book Store

We have a variety of books and publications regarding Tustin history. If you can’t drop by the museum, you can order online by clicking the View Store button.

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