Marina del Rey

Abbot Kinney would have been impressed! Spanning more than a century, various plans for a commercial port in the Venice-Playa del Rey area led to the creation of a world-class manmade recreational harbor. Marina del Rey’s construction required federal, state and county support, and could only have happened during our nation’s post-WWII era of infrastructure.

Marina del Rey Historical Society

Marina del Rey Historical Society’s mission is to acquire, preserve and present the archives, photos and story of Marina del Rey. In 2013, MDRHS opened its History Gallery in Fisherman’s Village, presenting an ongoing exhibit of Marina del Rey’s creation. In 2014, MDRHS authored Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America: Marina del Rey”. In April of 2015, MDRHS played a key role in the three-day celebration of Marina del Rey’s 50th Birthday Bash. In September, 2017, Marina del Rey Historical Society celebrated its 10th anniversary. Since its founding in 2007, Marina del Rey Historical Society’s robust collection of photos, media, and archives has grown exponentially. The Marina del Rey Historical Society is a 501(3)(c) California nonprofit organization.

• Become a member of Marina del Rey Historical Society [click here]



• Donate your Marina del Rey area photos, documents, and history

Since our collection is electronically filed, personal contributions (photographs, printed material, documents, etc.) can be scanned to our files and the originals returned to the donor. Credit for the contribution will be listed and included in the captions. Contact Us form.


• Become a volunteer: Please fill in your skills on the Contact Us form.



• Make a donation

• Special fundraising for archival equipment and materials

CLICK HERE TO DONATE specifically to the archive fund
The Marina del Rey Historical Society
is a 501(3)(c) California nonprofit organization

• The Society is also looking for in-kind donations, including:

slide scanner • photo scanners • high end Windows computers [newer Intel i7 with Windows 10, at least 12 GB RAM, 3TB+ internal hard drive] • 5TB+ external hard drives • Local Network Storage solution • USB cables • HDMI cables • Large high definition computer monitors • archive quality slide sleeves • archive quality photo sleeves (all sizes) • fireproof filing cabinets • digital projector • PA system Contact Us form.