Our Mission:

Preserving the past for generations to come.  The Juan Matias Sanchez Museum is a Historic Landmark situated with a once 2400 acre working cattle ranch.  It is a great remaining example of a Spanish-Mexican rancho in its original rural environment.  The Juan Matias Sanchez adobe Museum is dedicated to researching, collecting, preserving and interpreting the diverse cultural heritage and agricultural history of Southern California from 1800 to 1958.  Through restorations of

its buildings and grounds, the Sanchez adobe seeks to connect the past with the present by offering programs that will educate and enrich all audiences.

The Sanchez Adobe Historic site and Museum is the oldest  adobe home in the Montebello area.

When is the museum open?

The Sanchez adobe is open to the public Saturdays 1:00 to 3:45 p.m., except on major holidays. Admission is FREE      Disability ramp

What is the Sanchez adobe?

The Sanchez adobe Historic Site is a public museum. Built in 1844, the adobe home and grounds have a rich history of Indian, Spanish, Mexican, and American California heritage.

From cattle ranching in the Mexican-era of the 1840s, to agriculture and business in the 1870s, and oil and real estate in the 1920s, the Sanchez’s participated in many of the activities that characterized the rapid growth and change of southern California during the century from 1830 to 1930.

The adobe is a Historic Landmark.  It is owned by the City of Montebello and operated by the Montebello Historical Society.

The Sanchez adobe hosts many activities as well as the annual Sanchez family reunion. 

Educational programs that deal with the 1800’s, offer hands on adobe brick making and old fashioned candle and butter making. 

The adobe museum has an extensive, one of a kind photograph collection which offers a glimpse back into history. 

The Sanchez family memorabilia as well as actual clothing worn by the family is prominently on display.

For more information contact us at:  Info@MontebelloHistoricalSociety.org


Juan Matias Sanchez

    One of the earliest photographs of the Sanchez adobe.

The Montebello Historical society makes no assertions as to ownership of any original copyrights for any photographic images. However, these images are intended for Personal or Research use only. Any other kind of use, including, but not limited to commercial or scholarly publication in any medium or format, public exhibition, or use online such as FACEBOOK, or in a web site, may be subject to additional litigation including but not limited to the copyrights held by parties other than the museum. USERS ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for determining the existence of such rights and for obtaining any permissions and/or paying associated fees necessary for the proposed use. 

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