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.
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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.

Operating as usual

Need a break from the heat? The Junípero Serra Museum is open this Sunday from 11a - 4p.  It's a cool place.... literall...
09/06/2020

Need a break from the heat? The Junípero Serra Museum is open this Sunday from 11a - 4p. It's a cool place.... literally. #sandiegoheatwave #SanDiegoHistory #SDHC #BalboaPark #sandiego #labordayweekend

San Diego History Center
09/03/2020

San Diego History Center

Our team is busy preparing for our reopening on September 4, and we want to be sure you know what to expect when you return to the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park and the Junípero Serra Museum in Presidio Park.

😷 In accordance with state and city regulations, face coverings are required for guests and staff.​⁣
↔️ Please remain 6+ feet away from anyone not in your party.​⁣
🧼 High-touch surfaces will routinely be cleaned by museum staff.​⁣
👐 Hand sanitizer will be available.​⁣

See you soon.

San Diego 101: The History of Our RegionThis Zoom webinar series of hour-long presentations will be led monthly by SDHC ...
09/01/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: San Diego – Settling the San Diego Mission and Presidio. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

San Diego 101: The History of Our Region
This Zoom webinar series of hour-long presentations will be led monthly by SDHC Community Historian Barry Goldlust. Barry is a dedicated volunteer who is passionate about bringing San Diego history to life.

The presentation for September is scheduled for:
Tuesday, September 13
Noon-1pm on Zoom

Settling the San Diego Mission and Presidio
As the first permanent European settlement in Alta California, the founding of the mission and presidio in San Diego was a major turning point in the history of the region. Mission San Diego de Alcalá and the Presidio de San Diego were the products of an expanding Spanish empire that would bring new people to the region; alter the Native cultures; and introduce new foods, animals, and technology.

RESERVE YOUR SPACE TODAY!
Guests will receive a confirmation message following sign-up.

As the first permanent European settlement in Alta California, the founding of the mission and presidio in San Diego was a major turning point in the history of the region. Mission San Diego de Alcalá and Presidio de San Diego were the products of an expanding Spanish empire that would bring new pe...

The Journeys of Harry Crosby
08/18/2020
The Journeys of Harry Crosby

The Journeys of Harry Crosby

A Feature Documentary about pioneer photographer and historian of the Baja California Peninsula | Check out 'The Journeys of Harry Crosby' on Indiegogo.

10News – ABC San Diego KGTV
06/22/2020
10News – ABC San Diego KGTV

10News – ABC San Diego KGTV

At the intersection of Market and 2nd in downtown, there is a small plaque on the ground. This marker is all that’s left of the historic Hotel Douglas, a place founded in the Roaring 20s that became an icon for the area.

San Diego History Center
05/26/2020

San Diego History Center

Join us in the first Community Café VIRTUAL Discussion
Detroit to Oceanside: A Filipino Family Migration Story
Through a mix of casual storytelling, poetry, and video, this talk will explore one Filipino family's experience with migration, state violence, and the ongoing struggle for social justice.

Dr. Jason Magabo Perez is the author of the hybrid poetry and prose book, This is for the mostless. Perez works as Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at CSU San Marcos, and serves as both current Artist-in-Residence at the Center for Art and Thought and inaugural Community Arts Fellow at the Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies.

About the Community Café :
Join a conversation around our shared history and uncover something new about San Diego’s untold stories relevant to a changing community.

Reserve Your Space On Zoom: https://bit.ly/2Tu5Oob
Guests will receive a confirmation message following sign-up

#SanDiegoHistoryCenter #MigrationStory #CSUSM #MuseumAtHome #VirtualConnection

In partnership with @sdutIdeas, we present to you our 3nd book, "San Diego Memories: A Time of Change – The 1960s and 19...
05/23/2020

In partnership with @sdutIdeas, we present to you our 3nd book, "San Diego Memories: A Time of Change – The 1960s and 1970s

What we’re looking for?

Share family pictures from the 1960s and 1970s in the Greater San Diego area.

Submit photos online and learn more at:
SanDiego3.PictorialBook.com

Deadline: July 14, 2020

San Diego's Historic Places: Airs at 9pm on KPBS 2 or here: https://bit.ly/2KQmUIdSDHC Ambassador and San Diego's Histor...
04/27/2020
Historic Places with Elsa Sevilla: California's History | San Diego Victorian Houses

San Diego's Historic Places: Airs at 9pm on KPBS 2 or here: https://bit.ly/2KQmUId

SDHC Ambassador and San Diego's Historic Places Host, Elsa Sevilla, visits some of the best and most beautiful Victorian houses in San Diego county. Explore the beautifully maintained Long-Waterman House in Banker's Hill; the Moses Kimball house with a special secret in its walls; the colorful Britt-Scripps House, and finally "the" Victorian house that's located in Escondido.

Visit some beautiful Victorian Houses located in San Diego.

Today in San Diego History - April 20, 1822 - Mexican flag is raised over the Presidio. California swears allegiance to ...
04/20/2020

Today in San Diego History - April 20, 1822 - Mexican flag is raised over the Presidio. California swears allegiance to Mexico. #SanDiegoHistory #BalboaPark #SDHC #Maps #MuseumAtHome

Don't miss San Diego History: Balboa Park Part 3! Did you know Balboa Park was almost named Silvergate? Learn all that a...
09/30/2019

Don't miss San Diego History: Balboa Park Part 3! Did you know Balboa Park was almost named Silvergate? Learn all that and more with Professor David Miller! http://ow.ly/DY6A50wn4Rw

Picture: Colorized postcard of the Cabrillo Bridge, 1915. ©SDHC EPH SDCO-101

Don't miss San Diego History: Balboa Park Part 3! Did you know Balboa Park was almost named Silvergate? Learn all that and more with Professor David Miller! http://ow.ly/DY6A50wn4Rw

Picture: Colorized postcard of the Cabrillo Bridge, 1915. ©SDHC EPH SDCO-101

Thanks for sharing San Diego History Center. Come on down and visit us at the Junipero Serra Museum Presidio Park! 🤩
09/09/2019

Thanks for sharing San Diego History Center. Come on down and visit us at the Junipero Serra Museum Presidio Park! 🤩

We were just on Kusi News talking about our new Core Exhibit at the Junipero Serra Museum Presidio Park. If you want to learn more about San Diego's history, visit us! The Serra is open: Saturday & Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

Did you know: Our new core exhibition tells the story of San Diego around its namesake river for the 90th anniversary of...
08/09/2019

Did you know: Our new core exhibition tells the story of San Diego around its namesake river for the 90th anniversary of the dedication of the Museum.

The exhibit explores the earliest history of San Diego—the story 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.

Read more about it: https://sandiegohistory.org/serramuseum/

Don't miss this piece in the SD Entertainer about the Junípero Serra Museum!
08/06/2019
Reflecting on San Diego History Through Our Namesake River

Don't miss this piece in the SD Entertainer about the Junípero Serra Museum!

The San Diego River has affected much of our city’s growth and development but today, some people might not give it much thought. Now, the Junípero Serra Mu

Tomorrow's event and San Diego's 250th is in the The San Diego Union-Tribune. Read the column and we'll see you tomorrow...
07/16/2019
San Diego History Center

Tomorrow's event and San Diego's 250th is in the The San Diego Union-Tribune. Read the column and we'll see you tomorrow!

Featured in The San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego celebrates 250 years with an overdue inclusive ceremony

Read the column before the commemoration event tomorrow!

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.

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]

#sandiegohistory #juníperoserramuseum #serramuseum #serraweddings

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.

#sandiegohistory #juniperoserramuseum

Junipero Serra Museum Presidio Park's cover photo
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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My grandparents and my two brothers, 1958
My grandparents and brothers visiting in 1958
Very beautiful place with so much history
Bathed in golden sunlight before sunset