To visit The Galley is to truly experience one of L.A.'s last hidden treasures. Many native Californians have heard of The Galley and view it as the "old hang out". While it is still a great "hang out" it has also taken on a new face lift. Santa Monica's oldest restaurant and bar has been beautifully preserved along with the historic pieces that have been at The Galley for 71 years.

The atmosphere at The Galley is like taking a step back in time and the memorabilia that surrounds the restaurant reminds guests of what life in Southern California was like years ago. The old bamboo and rattan furnishings, the nets and rigging that decorate the walls, pictures of older Hollywood celebrities are just a few of the surroundings that make The Galley so special. Listed below are some of Captain Ron's favorite pieces of history that can only be seen at The Galley.


Some of the oldest pieces of history are from the 1934 movie Mutiny on the Bounty. Since many of the stars and crew frequented The Galley - it isn't surprising to see that most of the movies memorabilia made its way into the restaurant. Memorabilia includes: Two Dead Eyes used in the movie now drape the walls of the restaurant. Pictures taken on location during different scenes with stars like Clark Gable and Charles Laughton. The steering wheel used in the movie now hangs from the ceiling. A boat used in the movie now lives on the heated patio outside the restaurant.


In the early 1940's WWII propaganda posters were mailed to The Galley. The war bond posters were sent in the hope of urging onlookers to do their part in the war. The collection of 11 posters are framed around The Galley with the original envelopes on the back.

One of the collections most valuable pieces is that of the Sullivan Brothers. This piece was used after the Sullivan Brothers, five brothers that served on the same naval ship, were killed off of Soloman Island. When the President of the United States heard a mother had lost five sons in one tragedy, he created a new naval law, named after the Sullivan brothers that prevented brothers from ever serving on the same ship.