Posts Categorized: Historic Museums

I Know San Diego Couples 1/2 Day City Tour & Lunch

  San Diego Publisher Barry Berndes was recently awarded a “Barry Berndes Day” by the San Diego City Council for his important contribution to the city of San Diego of sharing his knowledge of the city with 20 million visitors annually. San Diego city tours with sightseeing and lunch with local celebrity, and internationally acclaimed… Read more »

Historical Museums Abound in San Diego and All are “Must See” Attractions Everyone Should Plan to See

  Museum Galore are what visitor to San Diego are blessed with seeing. This is because San Diego was the white first settlement on the West Coast of the United States. For starters,  Mission San Diego de Alcala was the first of 21 missions founded by Father Junipero Serra in 1769. This historical site should… Read more »

Mission San Luis Rey : King of the Missions

Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside

  Old Mission San Luis Rey at 4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside (760-757-3651) is known as the King of the Missions. It is the largest of the 21 missions that flourished here in the 1700s and 1800s. It’s the majestic jewel of early California history. The museum is open daily 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Prices for self-guided tours… Read more »

Heritage of the Americas Museum in Rancho San Diego Takes You on a Journey Through Time

Heritage of Americas Museum

  Heritage of the Americas Museum, located on the campus of Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego at 12110 Cuyamaca College Dr. West off of Jamacha Rd. (619-670-5194) [heritageoftheamericasmuseum.com]. Open Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sat. noon- 4 p.m. Admission for adults is ($3); seniors (55 and over) ($2), children 17 years and younger, students… Read more »

Mission Trails Regional Park is the Largest of San Diego’s Parks and is Great for Hiking

Mission Trails Regional Park is the largest of the City of San Diego’s parks and is the third gem of the city’s park system. Mission Trails is larger than Mission Bay and Balboa parks combined. At 5,800 acres, it is the largest open space urban park west of the Mississippi. It includes two lakes, a… Read more »

Free Admission to Historic Mormon Battalion

The Mormon Battalion Historic Site is located in Old Town, at the corner of Harney and Juan Streets. Walk in the steps of The 500 men Mormon Battalion, Army of the West, as they left Winter Quarters, Iowa, and began their infantry march from Fort Leavenworth to the California Pueblo of San Diego. They are open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., there are also guided tours and admission is free.

San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum is a Must See Sports Museum

The San Diego Hall of Champions (29 on the map) is also a must-see Balboa Park attraction. It features San Diego’s sports history and memorabilia. This one-of-a-kind museum honors nationally known athletes with a San Diego connection, including athletes such as Ted Williams, Tony Gwynn, Bill Walton, Florence Chadwick and many more. It is is… Read more »

Lake Elsinore Historical Society Museum

The Society was founded to collect, protect, preserve, display, and further the preservation of items and documents of historical value and significance from the Lake Elsinore Valley. The Society was conceived and organized in 1996 and the museum is located at 106 South Main Street in Lake Elsinore, California, and is open on Saturdays and… Read more »

Tijuana Cultural and Visitor Center: A Major Attraction Worth Visiting in Tijuana

A landmark that you’ll be able to identify is the large round building of the Tijuana Cultural Center (9) . It’s located at 9350 Paseo de los Heroes in Rio Tijuana. It’s a major attraction and an excellent way to learn about life in all regions of Mexico. The Cultural Center features the Museum of… Read more »

Flying Leatherneck Museum Showcases The Impressive Aviation History of the Marine Corps

The Flying Leatherneck Museum in North County Inland

  The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum which is adjacent to the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar on Miramar Road, San Diego (858-693-1723) [flyingleathernecks.org]. This is the only Command Museum dedicated to the history of Marine Corps aviation. The museum features more than 30 vintage and historically important aircrafts, ranging from World War II “Warbirds” to present-day… Read more »

Cabrillo National Monument Offers a Spectacular Panoramic View of the Picturesque San Diego Skyline

Cabrillo National Monument

On the windswept tip of Point Loma is Cabrillo National Monument, which is the third most visited national monument in the United States. From this vantage point, 422 ft high above the ocean, you will be able to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the city of San Diego and beyond. On a clear day… Read more »

The USS Midway Museum at the Embarcadero

Visit the Historic USS Midway at the Embarcadero

USS Midway Museum at the Navy Pier in San Diego Bay, 910 N. Harbor Dr., downtown (619-544-9600) [midway.org]. Experience the magic aboard one of the longest-serving aircraft carriers in U.S. Naval history, the USS Midway. It’s a must-see San Diego attraction. The tour lasts 3–4 hours and is included with admission. You can launch, fly dogfight… Read more »

Classic Cars at San Diego Automotive Museum

San Diego Automotive Museum, Balboa Park (619-231-2886). The museum is open daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and features rotating themed shows that display significant, rare and exotic cars and motorcycles, and vehicles reflecting the history of the automobile. Enjoy the classics of bygone eras as you stroll through rows of cars that are all restored to glittering… Read more »

San Diego History Center in Balboa Park

San Diego History Center (SDHC) was founded by George W. Marston in 1928, then as the San Diego Historical Society (SDHS). Marston stated that the objective of the Historical Society was “for the discovery, collection and preservation of books, pamphlets, maps, genealogies, portraits, paintings, relics, manuscripts, letters, journals, surveys, field books and any and all… Read more »

Gaslamp Museum at the William Heath Davis House, the Oldest House in the Gaslamp

The Gaslamp Museum at the William Heath Davis House, built in 1850, is the oldest house in San Diego’s Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Because of the shortage of lumber in the area at the time, 8 to 10 pre-cut houses were purchased from a manufacturer in Portland, Maine and shipped to San Diego. After a long… Read more »

Whaley House Museum Shop Carries Unusual and Hard-to-find Museum Quality Gifts & Collectibles

The Whaley House Museum Shop is a great source for regional history and for those interested in learning more about San Diego’s exciting past. Located in the charming 1870s Verna House, the shop offers visitors a distinctive mix of books and unique period style gifts from early California through Mid-Century Modernism. Visitors will find signature… Read more »

Santa Ysabel Store & Backcountry Visitor Center offers Heirloom goods & foods with 19th Century General Store Ambiance

The historic Santa Ysabel General Store, an iconic landmark, is now open for business with an innovative dual purpose. Dating from 1884, the store is now being restored, bringing a unique emporium brimming with heirloom and artisanal foodstuffs, back-to-nature gifts, wares for home and garden, and books and guides for the naturalist or cultural tourist…. Read more »

Warner-Carrillo Adobe Ranch House Wasthe Butterfield Stage Stop from 1858 to the Civil War

Built in 1857 by Vincenta Carrillo, a prominent early Californio woman rancher, the adobe known as the Ranch House at Warner’s served as the Butterfield Stage Stop from 1858 until the beginning of the Civil War in 1861. As California’s first regular overland transcontinental stage connection with St. Louis, this pioneering stage route ran along… Read more »

Marston House Museum & Gardens: The Finest Example of the Arts & Crafts Movement

One of California’s finest examples of the Arts and Crafts movement, the Marston House was constructed in 1905 for George W. Marston and his wife, Anna Gunn Marston. George Marston is noted for many things but most prominently as a civic leader whose interest and work in historic preservation, conservation and history is well known…. Read more »

Old Town San Diego’s Haunted Whaley House

A classic example of mid-nineteenth century Greek Revival architecture, the Whaley House was formally dedicated as a historic house museum on May 25, 1960 and has been open to the public ever since; it is one of southern California’s most popular visitor destinations. Over 100,000 people visit the Whaley House annually, with guests traveling from… Read more »

SOHO San Diego Preserves Historic Sites

Since 1969, the Save Our Heritage Organisation has lead San Diego County as a powerful voice for historic preservation. They believe that the historic architecture and sites entrusted to this generation should be passed down to the next, so that they too will know the unique character of San Diego County. Through education, advocacy and… Read more »

Veterans Museum & Memorial Center in Balboa Park Honors the Memories & Contributions of the Men & Women who Gallantly Served this Country

The Veterans Museum & Memorial Center (31) houses military artifacts and memorabilia from the Civil War to the present. Impressive murals of Pearl Harbor and significant historical military events adorn the walls. The bold faced number in the text corresponds to it’s location on the Balboa Park Map. A tour of Balboa Park would not… Read more »