Junipero Serra Museum Presidio Park

Junipero Serra Museum Presidio Park San Diego History Center (SDHC) and the Junípero Serra Museum are dedicated to helping people of all ages learn about, and enjoy, the history of San Diego, and to appreciate how our past, present, and future are interrelated.

Operated by the San Diego History Center, the Junípero Serra Museum is an iconic regional landmark. Located just above Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, the Serra sits on one of the most significant historical sites on the West Coast, the site of the first permanent European settlement in what is today the State of California. With its renowned architecture and historic setting, the Junípero Serra museum is one of San Diego’s preferred wedding and event sites.

Exterior renovations are well underway at the Junípero Serra Museum. The west façade is slated to be completed before th...
07/08/2019

Exterior renovations are well underway at the Junípero Serra Museum. The west façade is slated to be completed before the civic commemoration on July 16, 2019. We hope to complete the iconic North Tower and west façade renovations later this summer!

Interested in supporting our efforts? Contact Sheila Thomas at [email protected] or (619) 232-6203 x 126

On April 15, 2019, the Junipero Serra Museum Presidio Park, the historic home of the San Diego History Center, will begi...
04/12/2019

On April 15, 2019, the Junipero Serra Museum Presidio Park, the historic home of the San Diego History Center, will begin a much-anticipated renovation and as a result, the main and tower galleries will be closed. The museum’s Welcome Center will remain open during renovations.

Then on the 250th anniversary of the founding of contemporary San Diego, and the 90th anniversary of the dedication of the Serra Museum on July 16, 2019, the museum will re-open and debut a transformed visitor experience that tells the story of San Diego around its namesake river. This new core exhibition explores the earliest history of San Diego—the stories of the people that lived along the river’s edge since time immemorial—as well as those that came to settle the area and changed and used the river in order to adapt to San Diego’s arid climate.

The new exhibit also focuses on the Presidio as the site of San Diego’s and California's original European settlement, one that was an active military garrison from 1769 to 1835. The Presidio and its church complex housed soldiers, their families, craftsmen, Indian workers, prisoners, and others who settled in San Diego prior to the establishment of the Pueblo San Diego (now Old Town) at the foot of Presidio Hill. Historical accounts combined with archaeological data tell of the presence of diverse people from many different social and ethnic backgrounds, surviving in an often harsh environment. Visitors will also be able to step back in time to view the Presidio and the Kumeyaay settlement of Kosaii.

This renovation, eight years in the making, preserves and restores the original architectural splendor of the interior spaces of the museum, and provides visitors with breathtaking views from the Serra's iconic tower.

This exhibition would not be possible with the support of our presenting partners - the San Diego River Conservancy and State Coastal Conservancy. The San Diego History Center is also indebted to our group of grant matching donors as well the Kumeyaay Diegueño Land Conservancy, and a group of dedicated advisors and subject matter experts who are, with this writing, working to complete this new exhibition.

In addition, funds are now being sought to restore the exterior of the museum at a cost of $300,000. We will have more information on this critical campaign in the coming days.

For more than 90 years the San Diego History Center has been working to preserve, reveal and promote the history of the San Diego region. We hope that you will join us on July 16, 2019, as the museum, enters a new era and continues the vision and dedication to our region's greater good, of civic leader and San Diego History Center founder George Marston.

Junipero Serra Museum Presidio Park's cover photo
11/06/2018

Junipero Serra Museum Presidio Park's cover photo

This October, your visit to San Diego just got even cooler! Kids Free in October brings FREE admission for kids 12 and u...
09/22/2018

This October, your visit to San Diego just got even cooler! Kids Free in October brings FREE admission for kids 12 and under to over 40 museums from our wonderful museum, to The San Diego Museum of Art to the Birch Aquarium . Presented by Scholarshare529, (link: https://www.facebook.com/scholarshare529), California’s 529 College Savings Plan, will offer San Diegans and tourists the opportunity to visit more museum destinations than ever before. In its seventh year, this annual program provides free admission for kids 12 and under at 40+ arts, culture, and science museums in San Diego County.

12/15/2017

The docent-led tour of the Junípero Serra Museum and Presidio Park has been cancelled for Saturday, December 16. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

More tour dates will be scheduled for 2018!

As the holiday cheer comes closer this year, the San Diego History Center would like to congratulate all newly engaged c...
12/14/2017

As the holiday cheer comes closer this year, the San Diego History Center would like to congratulate all newly engaged couples!

Take your wedding to the top of the city with the Junípero Serra Museum. Located in the birthplace of California, the Serra Museum is a popular destination wedding venue known for its history and rustic charm. With a mission-style outdoor terrace and intimate interior gallery, the Serra Museum makes a beautiful setting for wedding and private events.

For more information on facility rentals, please email: [email protected]

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Join us on Saturday, December 16th for the last docent-led Guided Tour of Junípero Serra Museum & Presidio Hill of the y...
12/13/2017

Join us on Saturday, December 16th for the last docent-led Guided Tour of Junípero Serra Museum & Presidio Hill of the year!

Tour begins at 11am and is included with our "Give Forward" admission.

Make sure to check back soon for 2018 tour dates! #sandiegohistory

The end of summer means the end of our extended hours. Beginning Saturday, September 9, the Junipero Serra Museum Presid...
09/07/2017

The end of summer means the end of our extended hours.

Beginning Saturday, September 9, the Junipero Serra Museum Presidio Park will be open only on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am-4:00 pm.

For more information about the Serra Museum, visit http://bit.ly/serramuseum

July 16, 1769 (yesterday) marked the 248th anniversary since four Franciscan priests, Junípero Serra, Juan Gonzáles Vizc...
07/17/2017

July 16, 1769 (yesterday) marked the 248th anniversary since four Franciscan priests, Junípero Serra, Juan Gonzáles Vizcaíno, Fernando Parrón, and Francisco Gómez blessed a site on Presidio Hill with the name of San Diego de Alcalá, the first mission in Alta California.

#sandiegohistory #juniperoserramuseum #sandiegobeforestatehood #sandiego

Extended summer hours start today!From now until Labor Day, the Junipero Serra Museum Presidio Park will be open Friday-...
06/02/2017

Extended summer hours start today!

From now until Labor Day, the Junipero Serra Museum Presidio Park will be open Friday-Monday from 10am-5pm.

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06/01/2017

Junipero Serra Museum Presidio Park's cover photo

Junipero Serra Museum Presidio Park
05/12/2017

Junipero Serra Museum Presidio Park

Address

2727 Presidio Dr
San Diego, CA
92103-1053

Opening Hours

Saturday 13:30 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 13:00
Sunday 13:30 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 13:00

Telephone

(619) 232-6203

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