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Temporary Closure of Exhibits Starts June 1st

Starting Friday, June 1st, the Point Vicente Interpretive Center (PVIC) will be preparing for two, brand-new exhibits. One of the new exhibits will feature information on whaling, which took place in Portuguese Bend in the 1860s. The second exhibit will highlight the historic 3rd-order Fresnel lens from the Point Vicente Lighthouse. The lighthouse lens is being replaced with a light-emitting diode (LED) and the City of Rancho Palos Verdes has an amazing opportunity to feature the Fresnel lens at PVIC. Due to the nature of the work, a portion of the museum will be closed and no public access will be permitted. The lobby exhibits, Sunset Room, gift shop and park grounds at PVIC will remain open to the public during construction. We anticipate reopening the exhibit area in February 2019.

For updates and more information, please contact PVIC at (310) 544-5375 or pvic@rpvca.gov or visit http://www.rpvca.gov/1095/PVIC-Phase-II.

Point Vicente Interpretive Center

Point Vicente Interpretive Center offers breathtaking ocean vistas and a chance to see the magnificent gray whale’s migration from December to mid-May. (Whale sightings are not guaranteed but we can guarantee you a wonderful experience at the park and in the museum.) If no massive marine mammals are readily visible, then a pleasant, breezy stroll along comfortable walking trails affords chance encounters with pelicans and sea birds gliding by at eye-level. The relaxing atmosphere of this coastal jewel encourages you to appreciate such unique plants such as Queen Anne’s Lace, Ceanothus, and poppies in an immaculately maintained native plant garden. Stop by for a sunset that is perhaps unrivalled in all of Southern California for consistent beauty. If nature inspires you to take home a memento of your coastal visit, or you want to learn more about the gray whale, and the history, culture, and geography of the Palos Verdes Peninsula then definitely stop in at the Interpretive Center and gift shop after your walk. Docent-led tours are available by calling 310-544-5349.

The expanded Interpretive Center museum highlights the history of the Peninsula and its adjacent waters and feature exhibits such as a sea cave, an intimate theater, life-size baby gray whale model and more. Visitors can also experience examples of the area's unique geology, fossils, early artifacts and a kaleidoscope of cultures, including the Tongva Indians, Japanese farmers, Spanish ranchers, offshore Portuguese whalers and early visionaries. The gray whale's extraordinary migration is prominently featured throughout the Center.

Please Click Here for a photo tour of the museum and PVIC grounds. Below is a brief description of each walk .For the 2018 Hike Schedule, please click HERE. [Note: Rain cancels. Following a rain, check trailalerts.rpvca.gov for closures]. This is a two-page PDF file with a map on the 2nd page to the park locations.

The Sunset Room at the Interpretive Center is available for parties or wedding receptions up to 100 guests.  PVIC also offers a venue for outdoor weddings/receptions of up to 150 guests.  Please call 310-377-5370 for information and availability.

The Gray Whale census officially starts on December 1 and officially ends on May 25.  The American Cetacean Society, Los Angeles Chapter sponsors the ACS/LA Census and Behavior Project in which volunteers are at the observation deck at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center until the end of the migration period. The ACS/LA Gray Whale Census and Behavior Project has been ongoing since 1979. This 35th consecutive full season ended with the ninth highest southbound gray whale count, third highest southbound gray whale calf count, ninth highest northbound gray whale count, and seventeenth highest northbound gray whale calf count.

2017-2018 Whale Census

Cow/calves southbound
Cow/calves northbound
Museum Daily 10 AM to 5 PM
Closed: January 1, Thanksgiving Day & December 24 & 25
Park Grounds 10 AM to Dusk (no charge for parking)
     31501 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes  [MAP]
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