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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 al

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

03/05/2022

UPDATED HOURS FOR SUMMER:

Saturday, June 25, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Saturday, July 9, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Saturday, August 6, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Saturday, August 13, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Saturday, August 20, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Saturday, September 3, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Friday, September 16, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Friday, September 23, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Saturday, September 24, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Saturday, October 8, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Saturday, October 15, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Thursday, October 20, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Saturday, October 22, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Friday, October 28, Closed
Saturday, October 29, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

The Serra Museum is reopening this Saturday. On SUNDAY, we're hosting a walking tour. This walking tour focuses on the P...
02/25/2022

The Serra Museum is reopening this Saturday.
On SUNDAY, we're hosting a walking tour.

This walking tour focuses on the Presidio de San Diego, buried underground below the Serra Museum. Learn about the historical significance of this site going back to deep time, how the unique river and marine environment attracted people to the site since the beginning of time. Discover how archaeologists and historians have been able to understand what buildings and structures were there, and reconstruct what they may have looked like. Afterwards, browse around the new exhibition inside the Serra Museum. Hear from Kumeyaay people today,the people that lived along the river’s edge since time immemorial, as well as the stories of people that came to settle the area, and why the Presidio continues to be a significant site.

Please note that at this time the Serra Museum is not ADA accessible. This walking tour will be over several different elevations, consisting of uneven surfaces and paths, some sloped or with stairs, and few with handrails. Please wear appropriate footwear.

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Junipero Serra Museum receives $330,000 grant to help fund restoration
01/06/2022
Junipero Serra Museum receives $330,000 grant to help fund restoration

Junipero Serra Museum receives $330,000 grant to help fund restoration

"The age has left its mark on it, as it has on all of us after we suffer under the raves of time," Tony Cortes with the Conrad Prebys Foundation said. "But this will give the opportunity to make things better and really improve the appearance of this great landmark."

12/23/2021

The Conrad Prebys Foundation, the local philanthropic organization well known for providing vital funds in support of the visual and performing arts, higher education, youth development, healthcare, and medical research, has granted $330,000 to the San Diego History Center for the restoration of the North Tower and East Façade of the Junípero Serra Museum in Presidio Park.

This restoration of the North Tower and East Façade of the 93-year- old building will match the West Façade restoration work completed in 2019 and debuted at the celebration of the 250 anniversary of contemporary San Diego. This final phase is expected to be completed by mid-February and the Museum will reopen to the public to experience its popular interactive exhibitions that focus on the story of San Diego around its namesake river and its life-giving force.

Cited above the original Presidio, the museum is an architectural icon for our region, the work of Master Architect William Templeton Johnson, and features the Mission Revival architecture style that is so successful it is often mistaken for the first California mission although it was dedicated on July 16, 1929. Popular with education groups and researchers worldwide, The Serra Museum, cited above Old Town, is also acknowledged as one of the region’s most important historical destinations.

This location is sacred, valued land of the Kumeyaay, and is a focal point of California’s rich legacy of Spanish, Mexican, Californios and Americans heritage.

09/14/2021

The Museum is currently closed for renovation and will reopen in Mid-February 2022.

07/08/2021

Update: The Serra Museum will be open on Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11 from 11a to 2p. Hope to see you!

06/19/2021

Update: The Serra Museum will be closed to the public on Saturday, June 19 for a private event. The Museum will reopen on Sunday, June 20 at 11am.

This , The San Diego History Center acknowledges that modern San Diego County is built upon the unceded native homelands...
10/12/2020

This , The San Diego History Center acknowledges that modern San Diego County is built upon the unceded native homelands of the Kumeyaay, Luiseño, Cahuilla, Cupeño and Juaneño. We acknowledge and thank these Indigenous communities and activists who partner with us to ensure their histories and culture continue to thrive.

Pictured here are Kumeyaay veterans at the raising of the Kumeyaay Nation flag at the Serra Museum in Presidio Park, July 16, 2019.

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.

09/03/2020

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.

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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...

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05/26/2020

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05/23/2020

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

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

Submit photos online and learn more at:
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Deadline: July 14, 2020

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09/30/2019

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

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

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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/

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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.

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]

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!

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

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2727 Presidio Drive
San Diego, CA
92103

Opening Hours

Saturday 11am - 4pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm

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(619) 232-6203

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The Conrad Prebys Foundation has granted $330,000 to the San Diego History Center for the restoration of the North Tower and East Façade of the Junipero Serra Museum Presidio Park. This comprehensive restoration work on the North Tower and East Façade will match the West Façade work completed in 2019 and debuted at the celebration of the 250 anniversary of contemporary San Diego. Restoration work is expected to be completed by mid-February and the museum will reopen to the public to experience its popular interactive exhibitions.

The Serra Museum is seen by over 8 million commuters monthly traveling past its site at the intersection of I-5 and I-8.
Sneak peek from the beautiful yesterday's wedding in Junipero Serra Museum Presidio Park!⭐️ We are thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this super special day! ☺️
Such huge congrats Erin and Michael! We can't wait to share the rest of the pics with you! 🤍
Thanks to the generosity of the Conrad Prebys Foundation, the Junipero Serra Museum Presidio Park's iconic North Tower and east facade will be restored to "its original glory," according to Bill Lawrence, executive director of the San Diego History Center which operates the site. Built in 1925, the museum most recently completed a $1.4 million renovation of its exhibits in partnership with the Kumeyaay Diegueño Land Conservancy focusing on the people who have lived along the San Diego River.

The Conrad Prebys Foundation generously awarded more than $90 million in grants during 2021. In addition to funding the Junipero Serra Museum, other museums receiving funding include California Center for the Arts, Escondido, Fleet Science Center, Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, ICA San Diego, Living Coast Discovery Center, Mingei International Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum of Making Music, Museum of Us, The New Children's Museum, Oceanside Museum of Art, Timken Museum of Art, Visions Art Museum, and Women's Museum of California.

https://timesofsandiego.com/arts/2021/09/10/prebys-grant-will-fund-full-restoration-of-icon-junipero-serra-museum/
Many thanks to the super duper awesome Bridesmaids that helped create these photos. You were very dedicated to getting that veil swoosh! Maybe a little TOO dedicated? 😂 Haha here's a few behind-the-scenes photos where we got a smidge tangled. Can't wait to share the sneak peek soon. It's looking amazing!!!

Hair/makeup: Cynthia's Beauty
Flowers: Kolibri Flower Lab
Ceremony: Junipero Serra Museum Presidio Park

Congratulations Carolina and Josiah! Your wedding yesterday was so so so much fuuuuuun. The photos look amazing and I'm super excited to share the sneak peek with you!

Hair/makeup: Cynthia's Beauty
Flowers: Kolibri Flower Lab
Cake: Hans & Harry's Bakery Corp
Ceremony: Junipero Serra Museum Presidio Park
Reception: Chula Vista Golf Course

More San Diego museums are re-opening (or will be soon)! Find the latest updates on our website. This weekend, the San Diego History Center, Junipero Serra Museum Presidio Park and Museum of Photographic Arts will welcome back guests. Several more museums coming back in the next few weeks. Enjoy!
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Join us for our final BACH at HOME(noon) of virtual season 2020-21, filmed in the beautiful Junipero Serra Museum Presidio Park.

ACTUS TRAGICUS
April 14 (5PM, PDT)

Eternity lies at the core of Bach's beloved cantata Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit which creates a stark juxtaposition between the earthly death of the Old Testament and the redemption to come of the New Testament.

Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit BWV 106 • J.S. Bach
Motet: Mit Fried un Freud ich fahr dahin • Balthasar Resinarius

Corey Carleton, soprano
Mindy Ella Chu, mezzo-soprano
John Russell, tenor
Matthew Nielsen, bass
Alex Opsahl, recorder
Stephan Haas, recorder
Heather Vorwerck, viola da gamba
Shanon Zusman, viola da gamba
Matt Hare, violone
Alejandro Jenné, theorbo
Ruben Valenzuela, organ & direction

Today’s Museum Moment is presented by the Junipero Serra Museum Presidio Park, which is operated by the San Diego History Center. Located just above Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, the iconic regional landmark sits on one of the most significant historical sites on the West Coast, the first permanent European settlement in what is today the State of California. A variety of virtual learning modules are available to help bring the Serra Museum to life for students of all ages.

To learn more, visit https://sandiegohistory.org/serramuseum/
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