Marston House Museum

One of California's finest examples of the Arts and Crafts movement. Constructed in 1905 for George W. Marston and his wife, Anna Gunn Marston. Designed and built by architects William H. Hebbard and Irving J. Gill.

The wisteria is in full bloom over the original enclosed clothes drying/hanging area.  Taken today by our caretaker Robe...
03/27/2020

The wisteria is in full bloom over the original enclosed clothes drying/hanging area.

Taken today by our caretaker Robert. V.

Out for a drive in 1914-15 for a #tbt.#MarstonHouse #MarstonHouseMuseum #BalboaPark #ThrowbackThursday
03/26/2020

Out for a drive in 1914-15 for a #tbt.

#MarstonHouse #MarstonHouseMuseum #BalboaPark #ThrowbackThursday

Planning your special day for possibly next year? Let the #MarstonHouseMuseum & Historic Gardens be a part of it!The #Ma...
03/25/2020

Planning your special day for possibly next year? Let the #MarstonHouseMuseum & Historic Gardens be a part of it!

The #MarstonHouse makes the perfect #outdoorwedding venue with its charming gardens and Craftsman-style architecture. Schedule your #weddingvenue walkthrough. http://www.sohosandiego.org/main/weddingfaqmh.htm #BalboaPark #weddingwednesday

Got family and friends hoping to visit San Diego when traveling is allowed? Or perhaps your group is looking to do a day...
03/24/2020
Marston House Museum & Gardens: Group Tours

Got family and friends hoping to visit San Diego when traveling is allowed? Or perhaps your group is looking to do a day trip when the quarantine is over.

The #MarstonHouseMuseum offers several tours at a great group discount rate! Click the link to book your group tour once our museum reopens! http://www.sohosandiego.org/main/grouptoursmh.htm #MarstonHouse #BalboaPark

Are you looking for unique local tour opportunities for your group? SOHO offers a choice of docent-led tours designed for groups of children, adults, senior citizens, and people with disabilities; and programs can be designed to meet your group's needs. Our docents can also travel to your facility o...

Arts & Crafts style.#MuseumMonday #MarstonHouse #MarstonHouseMuseum #BalboaPark #MuseumMomentofZen
03/23/2020

Arts & Crafts style.

#MuseumMonday #MarstonHouse #MarstonHouseMuseum #BalboaPark #MuseumMomentofZen

The colors of spring are just around the corner!#MarstonHouse #MarstonHouseMuseum #BalboaPark #MuseumMomentofZen
03/22/2020

The colors of spring are just around the corner!

#MarstonHouse #MarstonHouseMuseum #BalboaPark #MuseumMomentofZen

At the close of 2019, we received a wonderful holiday gift!A Collector Shares Her Passion with Major Donation"King joine...
03/21/2020
A Collector Shares Her Passion with Major Donation

At the close of 2019, we received a wonderful holiday gift!
A Collector Shares Her Passion with Major Donation

"King joined SOHO in 1985. While reading her first SOHO newsletter, she spotted a real estate ad for a three-story 1911 Prairie-style home originally landscaped by Kate Sessions on Mt. Nebo in La Mesa. "We drove like crazed people to Mt. Nebo to see this home that very evening." King purchased it and moved from a Spanish Colonial Revival home in Burlingame to La Mesa.

Now a Rancho Santa Fe resident, King's collection has grown over the years. She felt this was the right time to share it. We are supremely grateful that she chose the Marston House and SOHO for this important gift."

This incredible work of art by Mabel Sumerlin for a #FineArtFriday.#MarstonHouse #MarstonHouseMuseum #BalboaPark #ArtCan...
03/20/2020

This incredible work of art by Mabel Sumerlin for a #FineArtFriday.

#MarstonHouse #MarstonHouseMuseum #BalboaPark #ArtCanHelp

Four generations of Marston men for a #tbt.#MarstonHouse #MarstonHouseMuseum #BalboaPark #ThrowbackThursday
03/19/2020

Four generations of Marston men for a #tbt.

#MarstonHouse #MarstonHouseMuseum #BalboaPark #ThrowbackThursday

Working at home today?#FlattenTheCurve#MuseumMonday #MarstonHouse #MarstonHouseMuseum #BalboaPark
03/16/2020

Working at home today?

#FlattenTheCurve
#MuseumMonday #MarstonHouse #MarstonHouseMuseum #BalboaPark

It's details like this archway to the formal gardens that offers so much charm to visitors.#MarstonHouse #MarstonHouseMu...
03/15/2020

It's details like this archway to the formal gardens that offers so much charm to visitors.

#MarstonHouse #MarstonHouseMuseum #BalboaPark

Pretty good timing for SOHO to launch our digital initiatives program! Right? The world may be social distancing, but we...
03/15/2020
Celebrating Irving J. Gill's 150th Birthday

Pretty good timing for SOHO to launch our digital initiatives program! Right?

The world may be social distancing, but we can still connect through our love of historic architecture, and historic places.

Enjoy here two of the exhibits that were originally part of the Marston House Museum's 2016 exhibition Irving Gill: Progress & Poetry in Architecture.

And do check our website from time to time www.SOHOsandiego.org as our "virtual exhibits" collection grows. And join our email list too for more great content here: http://www.sohosandiego.org/index.htm

SOHO is saluting one of San Diego's most important architects on the sesquicentennial of his birth in 1870 with a series of talks, and the production of an online presentation of two of the exhibits that were originally part of the Marston House Museums 2016 exhibition Irving Gill: Progress & Poetry...

Closures effective Saturday, March 14:San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Man, Balboa Park Carousel, Marston Ho...
03/15/2020
Notification | Cultural Partnership

Closures effective Saturday, March 14:
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Man, Balboa Park Carousel, Marston House Museum


Closures effective Monday, March 16:
Fleet Science Center, Japanese Friendship Garden, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego Air and Space Museum, San Diego Automotive Museum, San Diego History Center, San Diego Model Railroad Museum, San Diego Natural History Museum, Spanish Village Art Center, Timken Museum of Art, WorldBeat Center, San Diego Zoo

In addition, performances and programs for San Diego Youth Symphony are suspended, performances for San Diego Junior Theatre are suspended, educational programs for the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet are suspended, performances at the Old Globe Theatre and events at the Comic-Con Museum are suspended as previously announced; One-Day and Multi-Day Balboa Park Explorer Pass sales will be suspended Monday as well.

Operations continuing until further notice:
Veterans Museum will continue normal operating hours with some exceptions. The regular Spreckels Organ Concert at 2 pm on Sundays will continue with limited services, until further notice. The Balboa Park Visitors Center, the Prado restaurant, and its Prado Perk coffee cart are staying open with modified services and hours.

This internal information page is managed by the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership to communicate with Cultural Partnership members and other stakeholders.

As a reminder to our visitors, the #MarstonHouse is closed through March 31st.Continue to follow us on all our social me...
03/14/2020

As a reminder to our visitors, the #MarstonHouse is closed through March 31st.

Continue to follow us on all our social media platforms for updates. Thank you for your patience and understanding. #MarstonHouseMuseum #BalboaPark #flattenthecurve

Dorothy Stratton King's 1960 "The Gate" for a #FineArtFriday.#MarstonHouse #MarstonHouseMuseum #BalboaPark
03/13/2020

Dorothy Stratton King's 1960 "The Gate" for a #FineArtFriday.

#MarstonHouse #MarstonHouseMuseum #BalboaPark

In light of the City and County’s Declaration of Emergency for the City of San Diego and the Governor’s Declaration of a...
03/13/2020

In light of the City and County’s Declaration of Emergency for the City of San Diego and the Governor’s Declaration of a Public Health Emergency for the State of California, and the requirements for gatherings, SOHO has decided to cancel all programs and suspend museum operations for the Whaley House, the Marston House, and the Adobe Chapel through March 31, 2020.

The safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers, and guests are always our highest priorities.

Please contact us with any questions, refunds, or concerns you may have at [email protected].

SOHO's administrative and historic preservation advocacy operations will continue to operate without interruption and we will continue to keep you apprised.

Stay safe, and please practice social distancing and hand washing.

Thank you,
Bruce Coons
Executive Director

In light of the City and County’s Declaration of Emergency for the City of San Diego and the Governor’s Declaration of a Public Health Emergency for the State of California, and the requirements for gatherings, SOHO has decided to cancel all programs and suspend museum operations for the Whaley House, the Marston House, and the Adobe Chapel through March 31, 2020.

The safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers, and guests are always our highest priorities.

Please contact us with any questions, refunds, or concerns you may have at [email protected].

SOHO's administrative and historic preservation advocacy operations will continue to operate without interruption and we will continue to keep you apprised.

Stay safe, and please practice social distancing and hand washing.

Thank you,
Bruce Coons
Executive Director

A 1938 San Diego Union paper featuring the Marston's Department Store celebrating its 60th anniversary for a #tbt.#Marst...
03/12/2020

A 1938 San Diego Union paper featuring the Marston's Department Store celebrating its 60th anniversary for a #tbt.

#MarstonHouse #MarstonHouseMuseum #BalboaPark #ThrowbackThursday

"An 1899 deed signed by civic leader George Marston seems to dictate that the property he sold to the city for $17,000 f...
03/12/2020
There’s a New Wrench in the Plan to Revamp the Old Central Library - Voice of San Diego

"An 1899 deed signed by civic leader George Marston seems to dictate that the property he sold to the city for $17,000 forever house a public library and reading room.
That deed remained under the radar until last spring as developer Lincoln Property Company prepared to pursue its plan to convert the old library into a creative office space with a ground-floor café and museum memorializing the building’s history.
The city attorney’s office maintains that the deed doesn’t keep the city from allowing the developer to pursue another project there.
But plans to overhaul the old library have ground to halt while the city and the developer debate what to do next. "

An 1899 deed signed by civic leader George Marston that seems to mandate that the property house a public library and reading room has halted already long-delayed plans to redevelop the building.

SOHO is grateful to all of the staff and volunteers who participated. We know George Marston, a philanthropist, and supp...
03/11/2020
MLK Day of Service and 550 volunteers

SOHO is grateful to all of the staff and volunteers who participated. We know George Marston, a philanthropist, and supporter of parks and landscape design would be proud to see so many people working together to care for the land he loved.

If you walked or drove past the Marston House on January 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, you would have noticed hundreds of people on the grounds, wielding garden tools and trash bags. Now in its twelfth year, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Interfaith Services brings people of all faiths together...

Please come and enjoy the festivities, blooming garden, and an important new book on Sunday afternoon, March 22.Cheers t...
03/11/2020
Kate Sessions Book Launch Party

Please come and enjoy the festivities, blooming garden, and an important new book on Sunday afternoon, March 22.

Cheers to the San Diego Floral Association for producing this fine publication, available at the launch for $20, and for hosting what is sure to be a lovely garden party.

Details at the link.

Kate Sessions (1857-1940) may be San Diego's most famous woman, past or present. There is tremendous interest in her life and accomplishments. Sessions was a talented writer as well as a fine horticulturist, pioneering botanist, nursery owner, and businesswoman. Her articles in California Garden mag...

Let the #MarstonHouseMuseum & Historic Gardens be a part of your special day!The #MarstonHouse makes the perfect #outdoo...
03/11/2020

Let the #MarstonHouseMuseum & Historic Gardens be a part of your special day!

The #MarstonHouse makes the perfect #outdoorwedding venue with its charming gardens and Craftsman-style architecture. Schedule your #weddingvenue walkthrough today! Images by Katie Brian. http://www.sohosandiego.org/main/weddingfaqmh.htm #BalboaPark #weddingwednesday

Do you love San Diego's history? Do you love sharing it with others?Then become part of the #MarstonHouseMuseum family! ...
03/10/2020

Do you love San Diego's history? Do you love sharing it with others?

Then become part of the #MarstonHouseMuseum family! We are looking for dedicated people who are willing to share their knowledge and passion with visitors in #BalboaPark and the #MarstonHouse. Click the link to see how you can be a part of history! http://www.sohosandiego.org/main/volunteersoho.htm

The #Craftsman magazine on display for a #MuseumMonday. Perfect!See what else you'll discover at the #MarstonHouseMuseum...
03/09/2020

The #Craftsman magazine on display for a #MuseumMonday. Perfect!

See what else you'll discover at the #MarstonHouseMuseum. Open Friday-Sunday 10am-4pm. Photo by Frank Balamont. #BalboaPark

“In building the city let us remember that the material things which will endure longest are those that express the spir...
03/09/2020

“In building the city let us remember that the material things which will endure longest are those that express the spirit of man in art. In the arts of landscape and architecture the spirit of a city can be perpetuated for ages”

George Marston - 1929.

These Kate Sessions will be popping out to say hello soon.#MarstonHouse #MarstonHouseMuseum #BalboaPark
03/08/2020

These Kate Sessions will be popping out to say hello soon.

#MarstonHouse #MarstonHouseMuseum #BalboaPark

#SaveTheDate for Sunday, March 15th!The Marston House Garden Tour is offered on the Third Sunday of every month. For inf...
03/08/2020

#SaveTheDate for Sunday, March 15th!

The Marston House Garden Tour is offered on the Third Sunday of every month. For information and tickets for this and SOHO’s other regular historical walking tours, visit http://www.sohosandiego.org/main/tourmhgill.htm #MarstonHouse #MarstonHouseMuseum #BalboaPark

This beautiful painting of the Santa Ysabel landscape displayed in the #MarstonHouse living room was created by San Dieg...
03/07/2020

This beautiful painting of the Santa Ysabel landscape displayed in the #MarstonHouse living room was created by San Diego artist Joan Boyer.

Sales of local artists' work help us preserve and restore the house.
This would look beautiful, hung in any home!

#FineArtFriday #MarstonHouseMuseum #BalboaPark

Arthur Hamilton Marston riding his horse "Kitty" for a #tbt.The photo was taken 1905-07, courtesy of the Marston Family....
03/05/2020

Arthur Hamilton Marston riding his horse "Kitty" for a #tbt.

The photo was taken 1905-07, courtesy of the Marston Family. #MarstonHouse #MarstonHouseMuseum #BalboaPark #throwbackthursday

Hope to see you this Saturday! March 7 at 4pm North Park historian Katherine Hon has created a charming anthology that c...
03/05/2020
North Park History and Lore

Hope to see you this Saturday! March 7 at 4pm

North Park historian Katherine Hon has created a charming anthology that chronicles the community she loves called History Snippets: PastMatters Stories of North Park.

This book is a great reminder of what has given the North Park community its character for so many generations. Each article is well written and well-chosen. There are tributes to the recently departed Pekin Café and Paras Newsstand. Among the many engaging pieces are articles on the golden age of tile as seen in Arts and Crafts bungalow fireplaces, and on the terrific neon signs so prevalent in the 1940s. There is one on affordable housing in the 1930s and a remembrance of the tragic Normal Heights fire in 1985.

You will be pleased to find a column honoring George Marston, and Alana Coons, SOHO's education and communications director, contributed the foreword.

The author will read and sign books at a free event on March 7 at 4pm at the Marston House Museum Shop, 3525 Seventh Avenue.

North Park historian Katherine Hon has created a charming anthology that chronicles the community she loves called History Snippets: PastMatters Stories of North Park. Over three dozen stories are collected from Hon's Uptown News column, PastMatters, published from 2015 through 2019. The author will...

Planning your special day for this year? Let the #MarstonHouseMuseum & Historic Gardens be a part of it!The #MarstonHous...
03/04/2020

Planning your special day for this year? Let the #MarstonHouseMuseum & Historic Gardens be a part of it!

The #MarstonHouse makes the perfect #outdoorwedding venue with its charming gardens and Craftsman-style architecture. Schedule your #weddingvenue walkthrough today! http://www.sohosandiego.org/main/weddingfaqmh.htm #BalboaPark #weddingwednesday

Are you looking for a great activity for your group or class?The #MarstonHouseMuseum offers several tours at a great gro...
03/03/2020
Marston House Museum & Gardens: Group Tours

Are you looking for a great activity for your group or class?

The #MarstonHouseMuseum offers several tours at a great group discount rate! Click the link to book your group tour today! http://www.sohosandiego.org/main/grouptoursmh.htm #MarstonHouse #BalboaPark

Are you looking for unique local tour opportunities for your group? SOHO offers a choice of docent-led tours designed for groups of children, adults, senior citizens, and people with disabilities; and programs can be designed to meet your group's needs. Our docents can also travel to your facility o...

Reflections. Literally and metaphorically.#museummonday #MarstonHouse #MarstonHouseMuseum #BalboaPark
03/03/2020

Reflections. Literally and metaphorically.

#museummonday #MarstonHouse #MarstonHouseMuseum #BalboaPark

Take a seat and enjoy the historic view. Then take a tour.#MarstonHouse #MarstonHouseMuseum #BalboaPark
03/02/2020

Take a seat and enjoy the historic view. Then take a tour.

#MarstonHouse #MarstonHouseMuseum #BalboaPark

Save the date for Sunday, March 15th for our monthly specialty tours. The 7th Avenue Walking Tour contains new content i...
03/01/2020

Save the date for Sunday, March 15th for our monthly specialty tours. The 7th Avenue Walking Tour contains new content inspired by SOHO's celebration called Irving Gill: Progress & Poetry in Architecture. Get your tickets soon!

http://www.sohosandiego.org/main/tourmhgill7thave.htm #MarstonHouse #MarstonHouseMuseum #BalboaPark

This untitled 1930s painting by Hazel Brayton Shoven currently displayed in the #MarstonHouseMuseum.#FineArtFriday #Mars...
02/28/2020

This untitled 1930s painting by Hazel Brayton Shoven currently displayed in the #MarstonHouseMuseum.

#FineArtFriday #MarstonHouse #BalboaPark

This is the last weekend you'll be able to see #MarstonHouse at 50% off the ticket price!In celebration of #MuseumMonth,...
02/27/2020

This is the last weekend you'll be able to see #MarstonHouse at 50% off the ticket price!

In celebration of #MuseumMonth, the #MarstonHouseMuseum and 40+ museums all over San Diego County are half price! Get your museum pass at any San Diego Library and participating #HiltonHotels and #Macys. For more information visit https://sandiegomuseumcouncil.org/specials/museum-month/ #BalboaPark #GoMuseums #SDMC

Are you still looking for a great #outdoorwedding venue for 2020?The #MarstonHouseMuseum and its historic gardens make t...
02/27/2020

Are you still looking for a great #outdoorwedding venue for 2020?

The #MarstonHouseMuseum and its historic gardens make the perfect setting for your special day! Schedule your #weddingvenue walkthrough now! http://www.sohosandiego.org/main/weddingvenuemh.htm Photo by IG user @weddinghairbyjillianrae. #MarstonHouse #BalboaPark #weddingwednesday

Get inspired for your garden now!The #MarstonHouseMuseum Shop is open Friday-Sunday 10am-4pm at 3525 Seventh Avenue in #...
02/25/2020

Get inspired for your garden now!

The #MarstonHouseMuseum Shop is open Friday-Sunday 10am-4pm at 3525 Seventh Avenue in #BalboaPark. #MarstonHouse

George Marston's library for a #museummonday.Visit the #marstonhousemuseum this weeked Friday-Sunday 10am-4pm! Photo by ...
02/25/2020

George Marston's library for a #museummonday.

Visit the #marstonhousemuseum this weeked Friday-Sunday 10am-4pm! Photo by @papas_adrianas. #marstonhouse #balboapark #craftsmanstyle

Looking out and imagining before there were all the tall trees.#marstonhouse #marstonhousemuseum #balboapark
02/23/2020

Looking out and imagining before there were all the tall trees.

#marstonhouse #marstonhousemuseum #balboapark

Urban Poetry: Irving Gill & Bankers Hill is one of four tours offered by SOHO on the Third Sunday of every month. Join u...
02/23/2020
Third Sunday Tours

Urban Poetry: Irving Gill & Bankers Hill is one of four tours offered by SOHO on the Third Sunday of every month.

Join us Sunday, March 15th! This 90-minute walking tour is based on SOHO’s recent celebration Irving Gill: Progress & Poetry in Architecture. http://www.sohosandiego.org/main/tourmhgill.htm #BankersHill #MarstonHouse #MarstonHouseMuseum #BalboaPark

Join our expert docents every third Sunday of the month as they tell you stories of the Marston House and its environs and of one of San Diego's greatest architects, Irving J. Gill. With four great tour choices we understand if you can't pick just one. Bring your camera and friends.

Elaine Sagerhorn's Pipeline for a #FineArtFriday.Elaine (Helene) Schneider Sagerhorn was born in San Diego the niece of ...
02/21/2020

Elaine Sagerhorn's Pipeline for a #FineArtFriday.

Elaine (Helene) Schneider Sagerhorn was born in San Diego the niece of noted California artist Rose Schneider. As a child, Elaine spent her summers with her Aunt Rose, who was her earliest instructor and instilled in her a love of art.-askart

#MarstonHouse #MarstonHouseMuseum #BalboaPark

Visit the #MarstonHouse for 50% off admission in February!In celebration of #MuseumMonth, the #MarstonMuseum and 40+ mus...
02/20/2020

Visit the #MarstonHouse for 50% off admission in February!

In celebration of #MuseumMonth, the #MarstonMuseum and 40+ museums all over San Diego County are half price! Get your museum pass at any San Diego Library and participating #HiltonHotels and #Macys while you still can take advantage of this special promotion! For more information visit https://sandiegomuseumcouncil.org/specials/museum-month/ #BalboaPark #GoMuseums #SDMC

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3525 7th Ave
San Diego, CA
92103

The Marston House Museum is located on the far west corner of Balboa Park. For driving directions, 7th Avenue can be accessed from Upas Street via 6th Avenue. For public transportation, go www.sdmts.com for trolley schedules, bus routes and times.

Opening Hours

Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(619) 298-3142

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The San Diego Urban Sketchers visited the garden today, and spend a couple delightful hours capturing the spring day. Here's a link to a video of the visit:
Hello, I'm a film producer. I would like to know who to speak to about using the marston house as a filming location for a 4 hour period. Not much use of furniture, if any.
Any photos of Marston's Dept. Store Christmas windows? I wonder if there is any footage of their wonderful mechanized displays that delighted & amazed us as kids?
Does anyone know when the house will be open again.