The Gilb Museum of Arcadia Heritage

380 West Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA 91007

Tel: (626) 574-5440
Fax: (626) 821-9057

Darlene Bradley
Director of Library & Museum Services

Hours of Operation
Tuesday – Saturday 
10 a.m.– 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
 (Closed from 12 – 1 p.m.)

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Arcadia World War I Balloon School, c 1918

Arcadia World War I Balloon School, 1918

Visit the Museum’s Research Library to view never-before-seen photographs from the Balloon School!


Help us add to our collections! 

Our Collections reflect the local history and culture of the City of Arcadia.  Housed are a variety of materials which include photographs, archives, art, ephemera, research books for our library and objects. 

Main time periods for the collections include the Tongva (local Native Americans), the Spanish Mission Period (1771 – 1821), the Mexican Period (1821 – 1846), Rancho Santa Anita and the City of Arcadia (1903 – present). 

Themes of our collection include: photographs of Arcadia in any time period and any subject, local businesses, schools, Arcadia High School, Monrovia / Arcadia / Duarte school, the 1984 Olympics, the Rose Parade, the Baldwin family and early City residents, Latino and Asian histories in Arcadia,  information on historic structures, local artists and authors, maps and aerials, local Veteran’s artifacts, Arcadia civic activity, Arcadia’s organizations and clubs, Route 66, Santa Anita Park, the Santa Anita Japanese Assembly Center, the Arcadia World War I Balloon School and much more. 

Arcadia has hidden histories in every corner!   If you have an artifact that tells the history of Arcadia that you would like to see preserved, protected and shared with the public, please contact the Curator, Dr. Dana Hicks via email or (626) 574-5468.

Oral Histories

If you have been a long-time resident of Arcadia and would like to sit for an oral history to share your wealth of knowledge about Arcadia people, places and events, please contact the Curator.  These oral histories will be added to our Collections and will be preserved, protected and used for future research and exhibits.