A Little History on Marina del Rey

& Marina del Rey Historical Society

Marina del Rey History Gallery at Fisherman’s Village
13737 Fiji Way C-3, Marina del Rey, CA 90292. Information, 424-391-6976


From swampy marshland to high-style seaport, Marina del Rey Small Craft Harbor celebrated 50 years of dynamic growth on April 10, 2015. The Marina del Rey Historical Society (MdRHS) hosted celebratory events including harbor tours and pictorial displays. Now the Society will focus on expanding membership and community recognition of the value of our man-made harbor and land-side marina living facilities.

A Bit of History

Following the 1962-63 winter storm which destroyed newly installed docks and piers,confidence of the builders and prospective lessees in the long term viability of hte recreational facility was shaken. With the creation of the detached breakwater, the future of Marina del Rey was secured. Supporting water sports, yachting and waterside living, Marina del Rey has emerged as the crown jewel of Los Angeles County and is home to over 10,000 citizens and 4,500 boats.

The County of Los Angeles owns all of Marina del Rey leaseholds which are developed by private interests. The oversight of Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors is to keep the Marina fresh and up-to-date so it will continue to provide excellent services and facilities for all the future to come.

Marina del Rey Historical Society

Marina del Rey Historical Society volunteers have created a database of collected materials including extensive photographs and documents. Exhibits are displayed at various events. Newsletters about the Society’s collections, oral histories of past events and a gallery of selected photographs will be posted here.

Volunteers are vitally needed to scan, research and identify photographs and documents in our collections.

Writers are vitally needed for our newsletter and to build this website’s content.

Planners are needed to create exhibits and investigate places for shows.

If you would like to volunteer, please fill in your skills on the Contact Us form.

If you would like to support our goals we invite you to join today.