Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House

Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation's mission is "Preserving and promoting the architecture, culture, and history of San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter"
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Operating as usual

Giving Tuesday is a global movement created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. With muse...
11/19/2020

Giving Tuesday is a global movement created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. With museums and cultural centers being closed for most of the year, your generosity is critical to our survival. No amount is too little and your donation does a great deal to keep us open and help our small non-profit museum offer free programs, tours, and opportunities to our community. Please consider donating to the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation on Giving Tuesday!

https://www.paypal.com/donate/?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=NP9M7GJN3V5SJ&source=url

American Alliance of Museums
11/18/2020
American Alliance of Museums

American Alliance of Museums

Eight months into pandemic-related shutdowns in the US, nearly 30% of museums remain closed and most do not have plans to reopen in the near-term. Respondents indicate that, on average, approximately 30% of staff are currently out of work.

Our second survey on the impact of COVID-19 on U.S. museums, conducted with Wilkening Consulting, was fielded in October. Download the findings: https://www.aam-us.org/2020/11/17/national-snapshot-of-covid-19/

Join us *virtually* as we take you on a guided tour through our dimly lit House and hear stories of past residents and p...
11/12/2020

Join us *virtually* as we take you on a guided tour through our dimly lit House and hear stories of past residents and present visits from the beyond!

Many souls have passed in and out of the Davis-Horton House- the oldest standing edifice in downtown San Diego, and some believe these souls never left. In its 170-year history, the house has been used as a boarding house, private residence, military barracks, county hospital, and even has some Prohibition and espionage history!

We will take you on an evening tour via Zoom of downtown San Diego’s most historic- and possibly most haunted- House!

https://gaslampfoundation.org/product/virtual-moonlight-tour-of-the-davis-horton-house/

The Davis-Horton House was used as a barracks for the military in the 1850s. Many soldiers lived in this House including...
11/12/2020

The Davis-Horton House was used as a barracks for the military in the 1850s. Many soldiers lived in this House including Nathaniel Lyons who served as a Union General in the Civil War. Our “military hall” in the museum commemorates this history.
We thank all our Veterans for their service!

Thank you so much to our wonderful Fall Back 2020 sponsors! Our virtual children’s historical faire would not be possibl...
11/04/2020

Thank you so much to our wonderful Fall Back 2020 sponsors! Our virtual children’s historical faire would not be possible without them! You can still “fall back in time” with us and experience all the wonderful activities, contests, and demonstrations of this year’s Fall Back festival here:

https://gaslampfoundation.org/fallbackfestival/

We have some amazing museums that have contributed fun activities and digital content to our virtual Fall Back Festival ...
11/04/2020

We have some amazing museums that have contributed fun activities and digital content to our virtual Fall Back Festival and the best thing about a virtual festival is you can still visit our website to enjoy all the festivities! Thank you San Diego Chinese Historical Museum , San Diego Model Railroad Museum , Bonita Museum and Cultural Center , Timken Museum of Art, Museum of Making Music, Women's Museum of California, Fleet Science Center for participating as our "booths" this year and San Diego History Center for contributing a special prize for guests! Check out all the wonderful free and fun festivities that Fall Back has to offer here:
https://gaslampfoundation.org/fallbackfestival/

There are all sorts of activities and virtual fun in store for you! Sign up for our scavenger hunt for a chance to win s...
11/02/2020
Fall Back Virtual Festival – Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation

There are all sorts of activities and virtual fun in store for you!

Sign up for our scavenger hunt for a chance to win some amazing prizes!

https://gaslampfoundation.org/fallbackfestival/

In the interest of public health The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House is currently closed. Please join us at one of our virtual events! The safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers, and guests are always our highest priority. We will continue to monitor and take advisement from health....

Fall Back Festival
11/01/2020

Fall Back Festival

Join our historian Sandee to hear about Bum, San Diego’s Town Dog! Live Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House

11/01/2020

House Tour part 3

11/01/2020

House Tour part 2

Join us right here on Facebook at 11 AM as we kick off our virtual festival with a live tour of the Davis-Horton House!
11/01/2020

Join us right here on Facebook at 11 AM as we kick off our virtual festival with a live tour of the Davis-Horton House!

Happy Halloween from our witches! Thank you to all who joined our first *virtual* paranormal tour! See you tomorrow as w...
11/01/2020

Happy Halloween from our witches! Thank you to all who joined our first *virtual* paranormal tour! See you tomorrow as we “Fall Back” in time at our virtual Fall Back festival!

Throwback to a Fall Back Festival from yesteryear! Though we cannot have a fun pie-eating contest in person this year we...
10/31/2020

Throwback to a Fall Back Festival from yesteryear! Though we cannot have a fun pie-eating contest in person this year we have tons in store for you, virtually, like a scavenger hunt adventure! Tune in right here on Facebook for a live kick-off at 11 AM tomorrow- Sunday, Nov.1!

https://gaslampfoundation.org/product/fall-back-scavenger-hunt/

Hidden San Diego
10/27/2020

Hidden San Diego

Gaslamp Museum: https://hiddensandiego.net/things-to-do/places/gaslamp-museum

Located in the heart of the gaslamp remains downtown’s oldest standing structure known as the Gaslamp Museum. The home has housed many fascinating people, including pre-civil war soldiers, a a WWI German spy in hiding who was later captured and even Alonzo Horton, founder of San Diego. It was even a hospital for around 10 years where many sick and wounded patients died.

Today, each room represents a historic period of the home and is filled with fascinating and amusing stories about the former inhabitants. But is it haunted? Any house that doubled as a hospital where many people died and suffered is going to up its chances of being haunted.

Learn more on our site!

Celebrate Halloween/ Autumn with us!
10/27/2020
San Diego Museum Council

Celebrate Halloween/ Autumn with us!

The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House is offering lots of spooky and seasonal fun this week – including ghostly Victorian tales from the oldest home in the Gaslamp Quarter, a virtual paranormal investigation on Halloween night and virtual Fallback Festival on Nov. 1.

Fall is our most favorite time of year because it is when we hold “Fall Back,” our historical street festival dedicated ...
10/23/2020

Fall is our most favorite time of year because it is when we hold “Fall Back,” our historical street festival dedicated to the children of San Diego! This is our 20th annual festival and we will be bringing all the old time charm to you *virtually* on November 1st. So remember to set your clocks back and “fall back” in time with us !

Weekend reading recommendations! Need a copy? We have them in our museum shop. Message us to purchase!
10/17/2020

Weekend reading recommendations! Need a copy? We have them in our museum shop. Message us to purchase!

New episode of "Victorian Shivers" with our Historian Sandee is up! Find out why Victorians were so obsessed with Ouija ...
10/14/2020

New episode of "Victorian Shivers" with our Historian Sandee is up! Find out why Victorians were so obsessed with Ouija Boards, tarot cards, and crystal balls.

https://youtu.be/oyBYAMSNXcI

"Ghostly Tales" with the Gaslamp Museum begins tonight at 5 PM! Get into the "spirit" of the spooky season as the people...
10/13/2020

"Ghostly Tales" with the Gaslamp Museum begins tonight at 5 PM! Get into the "spirit" of the spooky season as the people that know the Davis-Horton House best - the staff- share their paranormal experiences at the museum with you and answer the most asked question, "Is the museum haunted?"

https://gaslampfoundation.org/product/ghostly-tales-virtual/

10/06/2020
Victorian Shivers- Episode 1 - The Widow

https://youtu.be/DoUXUCVNVKQ

"Victorian Snippets" with our Historian Sandee becomes "Victorian SHIVERS" for the month of October! Episode 1 discusses the most important person at a Victorian Funeral- the widow of course :-).

Are you a fan of all things spooky and Halloween? Tune in to our Social Media outlets this month for more, and don't miss our upcoming event "Ghostly Tales" with the GQHF Staff

Who had the most attention when it came to Victorian Funerals? Not the recently deceased...the widow of course!

One of the most common questions we get from our guests is, “Is the House haunted?” At 170 years old, the Davis-Horton H...
10/02/2020

One of the most common questions we get from our guests is, “Is the House haunted?” At 170 years old, the Davis-Horton House does have its share of strange and unusual tales. Many are told by visitors but what about the people that spend much of their time tending to the house?

This month, come hear never before told tales of the Davis-Horton House’s ghostly visitors from the people who know it best- the Staff of the Gaslamp Museum. For three evenings this October, join one of your hosts; Jamie, Rhiannon, or Sandee as they bring you (virtually) into the House and tell you of their own experiences of unexplained happenings, ghostly sightings, and more. Available for three evenings only via Zoom: October 13th, 20th, and 27th.

More info:
https://gaslampfoundation.org/product/ghostly-tales-virtual/

Founded in 1769 by Junípero Serra, Mission San Diego de Alcalá was the first of 21 missions in Alta California.Join us t...
09/30/2020

Founded in 1769 by Junípero Serra, Mission San Diego de Alcalá was the first of 21 missions in Alta California.

Join us tonight at 7:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) as we bring our monthly “History Talks” Lecture series back to you-*virtually*- via Zoom!

You can still register here:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUofuqqrDgrHNNshPfSEizc7MEuZWeUd5Eo

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This lecture is free to join but donations to the Gaslamp Museum are gratefully accepted and help us continue to preserve the history of San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter:

https://gaslampfoundation.org/support-us/

History Talks! is a monthly lecture series presented by the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House. Each month a local historian or specialist will delve into topics related to San Diego and the Davis-Horton House to bring a unique glimpse into the history of our city. Come hear history come alive!

Join us on Wednesday, September 30th at 7 PM as we bring our monthly “History Talks” Lecture series back to you-*virtual...
09/25/2020

Join us on Wednesday, September 30th at 7 PM as we bring our monthly “History Talks” Lecture series back to you-*virtually*- via Zoom!

Our guest speaker Janet Bartel will tell us about the history of Mission San Diego de Alcalá.

Zoom Information:

When: Wednesday, Sep 30, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUofuqqrDgrHNNshPfSEizc7MEuZWeUd5Eo

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This lecture is free to join but donations to the Gaslamp Museum are gratefully accepted:

https://gaslampfoundation.org/support-us/

History Talks! is a monthly lecture series presented by the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House. Each month a local historian or specialist will delve into topics related to San Diego and the Davis-Horton. Check a few of our past history talks here:

https://gaslampfoundation.org/history-talks-videos/

Great job, ladies! We hope you all enjoyed the presentation. Thank you San Diego Central Library and Women's Museum of C...
09/19/2020

Great job, ladies! We hope you all enjoyed the presentation. Thank you San Diego Central Library and Women's Museum of California for having us!

Join us this Saturday at 1 PM via Zoom!
09/18/2020

Join us this Saturday at 1 PM via Zoom!

Address

410 Island Ave
San Diego, CA
92101

General information

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. Admission: $5 General Admission Free under 7 Audio Tour: $10 for Adults $8 for Seniors and Active Military $5 for Students Free under 7

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:30
Thursday 10:00 - 16:30
Friday 10:00 - 16:30
Saturday 10:00 - 16:30
Sunday 12:00 - 15:30

Telephone

(619) 233-4692

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The Story of the Davis-Horton House

The oldest structure in “New Town” (now called Gaslamp Quarter) San Diego! Throughout it’s 100-plus year history, the house has been used as a military barracks, boarding house, county hospital, and private residence. It is now the Gaslamp Museum, and the headquarters of the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation whose mission is “to preserve the architecture, culture, and history” of the birthplace of modern San Diego, the Gaslamp Quarter. It is the only house still standing that was lived in by Alonzo Horton, one of San Diego’s Founding Fathers. You can take a self-guided, or audio-guided tour of the house Tuesday-Sunday, or delve deeper into the history of the house and the district by joining one of our Historical Walking Tours, Pub Crawls, or Ghost Tours.

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