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Wells Fargo History Museum

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Address: 333 S Grand Ave, Inside the Wells Fargo Center, Los Angeles, CA 90071-1504
Phone Number:
+1 213-253-7166
09:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00

The Museum is located downtown in the Wells Fargo Center on Bunker Hill....

The Museum is located downtown in the Wells Fargo Center on Bunker Hill. Exhibits depict the history and development of Wells Fargo Bank and the West since the company's founding in 1852. Highlights include an authentic 19th-century Concord stagecoach and a replica you can climb into, the Challenge nugget-largest piece of gold discovered in Southern California and historic maps of Los Angeles. Use touch screens to learn more about stagecoaches and communicate via telegraph with other Wells Fargo Museums. English and Spanish cell phone tours and a web app are available. Free guided tours are available for groups that book in advance. The museum store features a variety of Wells Fargo branded gifts, collectibles and apparel. Admission is always free.

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The history of WF and how it relates to the California Gold Rush is quite interesting. Located in an area full of foodie and coffee spots, you'd be doing yourself a favor grabbing... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Stallings, North Carolina
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Stallings, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The history of WF and how it relates to the California Gold Rush is quite interesting. Located in an area full of foodie and coffee spots, you'd be doing yourself a favor grabbing a coffee and stopping in for a look. The video in back is worth the time as well.

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Lander, Wyoming
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

I like museums. I liked this one, it is relatively small but good use of space. Linked the beginning through 2008. Has old actual stuff, relics, gold and interactive technology. A few things for the kids to do besides viewing "old stuff."

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

My wife and I were not expecting this at all. At the base of a high rise in Wells Fargo Center is a legitimate history museum that describes the history of wells fargo and parts of southern California. There were lots of well documented displays and real artifacts. It was free! The docents were VERY friendly and informative. We even... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

We organized a senior (older adult) group tour at this museum and they raved about how interesting it was and how much they learned! Excellent customer service, very easy to work with, and one of our best excursions. Thank you!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

This little gem of a museum is located in the wells fargo building in downtown LA. It traces the roots of the wells fargo company to its present day. Lots of props including a full size stagecoach, safes, telegrapg tickers to test your morse code skills. An interesting place to spend an hour or so. And it's free!

Thank clix22
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

We were walking through Downtown LA and just happened to come across this little hidden gem. Its small but very well laid out with knowledgeable staff. Best of all...its free!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016 via mobile

This is a very interesting free little museum. It is very well curated, and defiantly worth a visit. There is a real Wells Fargo Stagecoach, as well as a real gold nugget. There is also a mock up of a stagecoach that you can sit in and watch a movie of what the journey might be like, as well as... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2015

The WF Museum is a little quickie museum in the giant Wells Fargo Bank building, quite similar to their eponymous museum in San Francisco. Kids go wild to see the WF stagecoach, gold nugget and Wild West ephemera, and it's fun for all ages. Downtown, and can be coupled with seeing other venues in the area. Quickie 30 minute free... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2015

I't only a small place, but it's really well laid out, and the staff were really nice and helpful with guides and activity books for the kids (English and Spanish). Lots of interesting history about the Bank and California, though typically the thing that held most attention for the kids was the exhibit of "Pong" the first computer game. Probably... More 

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Akron, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2013

I read about this giant gold nugget in the AAA book and wanted to see it so we went here. It turned out to be much more interesting than I thought. Just inside the door was an old Wells Fargo stage coach. It is hard to imagine that folks travelled for days in the close quarters one one of these... More 

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