Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation's mission is "Preserving and promoting the architecture, culture, and history of San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter"
Have an event coming up? Why not have it in our charming pocket park? In the past we have hosted corporate conferences, private meetings, and even wedding ceremonies! Call us at 619 233 4692 for event inquires! You can rent out the pocket park, gallery, and even the museum!
Special discount on our "Shady Ladies and Hop Heads" Historical Pub Crawl and Walking Tour for Friday, June 28 at 5 PM when you mention this post!
One of the most striking features of the historic Davis-Horton House is the unique Bradbury and Bradbury wallpaper. Did you know that 17 layers of wallpaper were discovered during the restoration of the House in the 1970s?
Who remembers paper dolls?!? 😍 You can get Victorian style paper doll books here in our museum store. Give them as a nostalgic gift to a loved one or keep some for yourself and relive all those special childhood moments.
Join us on our Historical Walking Tour Saturday, June 22 at 11 AM! Learn about some of Gaslamp Quarter San Diego's most historic Victorian Buildings and then take a guided look inside downtown San Diego's oldest House: The Davis-Horton House!
Save the date: Wednesday, July 10th at 7 PM for our next "History Talks!" Lecture featuring our very own "Gaslamp Players!"
Widely admired and much in demand, the Gaslamp Players present historic vignettes based upon downtown San Diego’s early history. These costumed performers portray some of San Diego’s most interesting characters – from Alonzo Horton “Father of New San Diego,” to Chief of Police Keno Wilson, to Ida Bailey, the popular madame who ran the high-class brothel, Canary Cottage.
Book a tour with us this week & get to know the history of San Diego's "New Town" aka the historic Gaslamp Quarter ! We have walking tours, ghost tours, and pub crawls so there are so many ways to learn more about our amazing city!
Fresh recipe books are perfect for Summertime! Get it here at the Gaslamp Museum Store!
June 14th is Flag Day! In our collections we have a flag with 31 Stars. Why only 31 stars? This flag became the Official United States Flag on July 4th 1851 after California, the 31st state, was admitted to the Union in 1850!
Thank you all for joining us at the Horton Grand Hotel for our June "History Talks!" Lecture: Early Base Ball in the Gaslamp with Bill Swank! We hope you had a great time and we appreciate your support. Our next lecture event is Wednesday, July 10th at 7 PM with our very own Gaslamp Players !
A typical scene in one of the many saloons of the "Stingaree" district circa 1900-1912!
Have you made your reservations for our "Shady Ladies and Hop Heads" Historical Pub Crawl and Walking Tour yet? You can reserve your spot online, or over the phone!
Join us this month at the Gaslamp Museum!
Weekend reading recommendation:
Ramona was published in 1884 attempting to publicize the governments mistreatment of Native Americans at the time. The books stars a half Native American half Anglo woman named Ramona and takes place after the Mexican American war. It dramatizes the conflicts among three cultures- Anglo, Indian, and Mexican- as the region gained American statehood. Intertwined with an unforgettable love story. This captivating and poignant read will give you another glimpse into our not so distant past.
Get it here at the Gaslamp Museum Store! Stop by and support one of your favorite San Diego nonprofits!
We had a friend come visit us to see if we were opened today!
We reopened the museum today at 2PM and are ready for our weekly Friday night “Ghosts of the Gaslamp” Historical Walking Tour this evening at 5PM! There are still a couple spots available if anyone wants to join!
Sorry folks! We will be closed this morning due to construction. We may be able to open this afternoon. We will let you know! Thank you!
It's Baseball season in San Diego! What better way to celebrate than by joining us at our History Talks! Lecture,"Early 'Base Ball' in the Gaslamp" by Baseball Historian Bill Swank on Wednesday, June 12th at 7 PM. Learn about the beginnings of the sport in San Diego and interesting tidbits like how a fly ball miraculously landed in Alonzo Horton’s tall, silk hat during an 1880 game! The lecture will be held at the beautiful Horton Grand Hotel. See you there!
We had a wonderful time last Saturday, June 1st at our inaugural “Going Places with the Gaslamp” tour. The National City Historical Society was an amazing host and we were so happy to have had the opportunity to collaborate! Thank you to everyone who joined us. Looking forward to the next trip!
Check out our neighbor museum The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum’s amazing new exhibit, “Dragons”! They did a great job!
We had an amazing group of local school children visit us for a tour! We had so much fun having them at the oldest house in the gaslamp quarter! Here they are enjoying lunch in the pocket park next to Bum and Bobby! Interested in bringing your students to the museum? Contact us!
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There are still spots available on our Walking Tour of San Diego's Historic Gaslamp Quarter - Saturday, May 25th at 11 AM ! Start your Memorial Day Weekend with a bit of San Diego History and nice weather.
Did you miss our Walking Tour today? Our next Walking Tour of San Diego's Historic Gaslamp Quarter is Saturday, May 25th at 11 AM. All tours come with admission to the oldest house in the Gaslamp Quarter: the Davis-Horton House! Reserve your spot in advance by visiting us online or calling us at 619 233 4692.
We are a #BlueStarMuseum ! All active duty military and family receive FREE admission from May 18th- September 2nd 2019.
Did you know that the first residents of the Davis-Horton House were West Point educated Army Officers in the 1850s? Check out our “Military Hall” on your next tour where you can view historical photos of the first California Barracks, military uniforms, and more!
Curious about the beautiful Victorian buildings in the Gaslamp Quarter? You can read about some of them on our website, or check out our Historian's column in the San Diego Downtown News . Want to delve a bit deeper? Take one of our Historic Walking Tours scheduled every Thursday at 1 PM or Saturday at 11 AM!
This is exactly where you can find us: The corner of 4th and Island Avenues! Venture in through the wrought-iron gates into the pocket park to “meet” San Diego’s beloved town dog Bum, then come inside and tour the oldest House in #SanDiego’s historic #GaslampQuarter : The Davis-Horton House! With Guided Walking Tours, Self-Guided tours, and even some haunted adventures, there is so much to discover at the Gaslamp Museum!
Cheers to the weekend! 🍻
Tomorrow is the last day of the Big Exchange so come visit us! We are open 10am-4:30pm every Saturday! Also, don’t forget to reserve a spot for you and your friends on our “Shady Ladies and Hop Heads” Pub Crawl and Historical Walking Tour beginning Friday, June 14!
…preservation affords the opportunity for the citizens to regain a sense of identity with their own origins of which they have often been robbed by the sheer process of urbanization. - James Marston Fitch.
Images from Digital Globe
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Did you know San Diego’s Historic Gaslamp Quarter was once a Wild West red light district the likes of which colorful characters like Wyatt Earp, Madam Ida Bailey, and gambler Rodger Whitaker used to roam? Join us on our “Shady Ladies & Hop Heads” Historical Pub Crawl and Walking Tour this Summer and learn about the Gaslamp when it was known as the “Stingaree!” First tour starts Friday, June 14th!
Treat your mom to a little bit of San Diego history! We are open from noon-4PM every Sunday. Stop in for a self-guided or audio tour of the the oldest house in the historic Gaslamp Quarter: the Davis-Horton House! Then, peruse our charming gift store for a gift as unique and charming as mom.
Want to know more about the unique Victorian buildings that make up the Gaslamp? Join us tomorrow for a Walking Tour of the Gaslamp Quarter at 11AM and learn the history behind San Diego's historic "New Town." All of our walking tours come with admission to the oldest house in the district- the Davis-Horton House! Reserve your spot in advance by visiting our website, or calling us at 619 233 4692.
A collection of Street Scene badges through the years! Great lecture last night on Street Scene! Thank you to all who joined us and to our amazing speakers Rob Hagey, Jimmy Parker, and Michael Trimble!
Next lecture is on June 12th at 7 pm so mark your calendars!
Who still has their t shirts from #SanDiego Street Scene Music Festival? Our Historian Sandee does and we will be donning some of them tonight at our History Talks! Lecture "Street Scene: The Music Festival that Transformed the #GaslampQuarter." Join us tonight at 7PM at the Horton Grand Hotel! #WayBackWednesday
Who still has their t shirts from San Diego Street Scene Music Festival? Our Historian Sandee does and we will be donning some of them tonight at our History Talks! Lecture "Street Scene: The Music Festival that Transformed the Gaslamp Quarter." Join us tonight at 7PM at the Horton Grand Hotel! #WayBackWednesday
Happy Sunday! It’s a beautiful day to tour the oldest house in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter ! After your tour, peruse our charming gift shop for a souvenir or add some great titles to your book collection! We are open today until 4pm!
#fbf to Street Scene! For 25 years “Street Scene” was San Diego’s oldest and largest annual music festival bringing together a variety of musicians from diverse genres performing for San Diegans to enjoy.
Come learn about how this event transformed the #GaslampQuarter next Wednesday, May 8th with the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House at the Horton Grand Hotel!
Join us on a Historic Walking Tour of San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter tomorrow at 11 AM. Learn the stories of some of the beautiful Victorian buildings that adorn the district, then explore the oldest edifice in the Gaslamp Quarter- the Davis-Horton House! Reserve your spot in advance by calling us at 619 233 4692, or by booking online!
Join us at the HORTON GRAND HOTEL next Wednesday, May 8th at 7 PM for our next History Talks! Lecture, "Street Scene: The Music Festival that Transformed the Gaslamp Quarter," with Rob Hagey, founder and producer of San Diego Street Scene. Joining him will be Gaslamp Quarter Association Executive Director Michael Trimble and former head of the Gaslamp Quarter, Jimmy Parker. Together they will share the history of San Diego Street Scene and its role in the transformation of the Gaslamp Quarter and downtown San Diego!
We had a really fun group of Investigators last Saturday, April 27 on our Paranormal Investigation of the oldest edifice in the historic Gaslamp Quarter! If you would like to join us for a "spirited" night at the Davis-Horton House, our next Paranormal Investigation is Saturday, June 22nd.
Take a stroll through the Gaslamp’s haunted history tomorrow evening at 5 pm with our historian Sandee Wilhoit, who will recount ghostly happenings of the past…and the present. Visit hotels, saloons, brothels, a long-ago funeral parlor, and end your tour inside the Gaslamp’s most haunted edifice: the Davis-Horton House.
Attention all GQHF members: Do you have your Membership card handy? Just one more week until the BIG EXCHANGE! All you have to do is show your current membership card at participating sites and you get reciprocal admission at more than 30 museums, historic sites, gardens, and more throughout San Diego County from May 1 - 18!
Not a member yet? There is still time to sign up! In addition to the BIG EXCHANGE, GQHF members enjoy many benefits all year long.
It's easy to sign up: You can visit us online, in person, or call the museum!
Happy #worldbookday ! Stop by our charming museum shop and grab yourself a copy of some of the amazing titles we carry !
Discover the early history of the birth place of modern San Diego! Historical Walking Tours are scheduled Thursdays at 1 PM, and Saturdays at 11 AM.
Interested in the the haunted history of the Gaslamp Quarter? Join our "Ghosts of the Gaslamp" Historical Walking Tour every Friday at 5 PM.
Reservations strongly suggested. You can book online or over the phone!
Beautiful handmade jewelry by a local San Diego artist available in our Museum Gift shop!
We will be closed this Sunday, April 21st for the Easter Holiday. Normal hours resume Tuesday, April 23rd. Thank you!
410 Island Ave San Diego, CA 92101
The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00am to 4:30pm and Sunday, 12:00pm to 3:30pm.
$5 General Admission
Free under 7
$10 for Adults
$8 for Seniors and Active Military
$5 for Students
Free under 7
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Is there #Paranormal activity at the Davis-Horton House? We will find out on tonight's investigation! If you couldn't get tickets for tonight, we will be doing another on March 31st! Reserve your spot online, in person, or over the phone. #gqhf #ghosts #haunted #history
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