Marston House

Marston House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as it is the best architectural building from the Arts and Crafts Movement of the early 1900's. The 8,500 foot mansion's impressive outdoor landscape, gardens, and walking paths are as noteworthy as the Marston House's Craftsman Period designed interior that features a dynamic change from the Victorian style. Large hallways mixed with intimate living spaces make the Marston House one of the finest examples of this design for the function of living time period. The interior furnishings showcase the Craftsman time period artists through the paintings, pottery, Native American baskets, fireplaces and intricate fabrics used on the windows and furniture.

The Marston House was built in 1905 for the well known department store owner, civic leader and founder of the San Diego Historical Societ George Marston and his wife, Anna Marston. The Marston House Craftsman design was created by the well known architect Irving Gill. The 1927 outdoor garden was a 50th wedding anniversary present for the Marstons and it is clearly one of the highlights of visiting the Marston House

Museum store and restrooms available on site.

3525 Seventh Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 298-3142
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From I-8, take 163 South to the University Street Exit that places you on 6th Ave. Access the Marston House from Upas Street and 6th Avenue. No parking at the Marston House and if choosing to park on the street spaces are hard to find. Ideally, you should park in Balboa Park and enjoy a short walk to the Marston House.

All visitors must use the guided tours to see the Marston House:
$8 Adults
$5 Seniors, Students and Military (with I.D.)
$2 children ages 6-17
Free for children under 6

Guided Tours: Saturday and Sunday Only
Winter Tours: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Summer Tours: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

Serra Museum

Junipero Serra Museum is located in Presidio Park very near to the Old Town State Historic Park. Built in 1929, the mission-style building reflecting the Spanish Revival architecture is a museum dedicated to remember the important historic event where Father Junipero Serra and Captain Gaspar de Portola established the first mission and fortified settlement in California. Inside the museum visitors will see real examples of the time period including furniture, tools, housewares and even a cannon. The pieces are part of the Native American, Mexican, Spanish and American history before 1929.

The Serra Museum is owned and operated by the San Diego Historic Society. The museum also has a store where visitors can find books on San Diego and California history.

2727 Presidio Drive
San Diego, CA 92103
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(619) 297-3258
Directions from Interstate 8 take the Taylor Street Exit. Turn left onto Presidio Drive and then bear left at the fork. You will see the Serra Museum parking lot on the right.

Adult $5.00, Child $2.00
Hours: In the winter Monday - Friday, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm. In the summer the Museum is open Tuesday - Sunday from 10 am - 4:30 pm

Whaley House Museum

Whaley House Museum is one of San Diego's most popular visitor destinations attracting over 100,000 people every year. A classic example of mid-nineteenth century Greek Revival architecture the Whaley House Museum was made a historic house museum on May 25, 1960. Located in Old Town, the Whaley House is a must see for history buffs and fans of haunted houses.

Owned by the County of San Diego and operated by Save Our Heritage Organisation, the Whaley House originally was a granary, a courtroom and theater. The Whaley House has always been an integral part of the City of San Diego and it continues to be a hot topic of conversation. According to the Travel Channel's popular show, America's Most Haunted, the Whaley House is the number one most haunted house in the United States.

2476 San Diego Avenue
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 297-7511

Regular Hours
Sunday - Tuesday 10am-5pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday - Saturday 10am-10pm

Summer Hours
Open Daily 10am-10pm

Daytime Admission:
$6 for adults
$5 for seniors, age 55 and over
$4 for children, ages 3-12

Evening Admission, after 5pm:
$10 for adults
$5 for children (3-12)

San Diego Presidio

San Diego Presidio is a historical fort built in 1769 for Spain by Commandant Pedro Fages. The Royal Presidio of San Diego was the first permanent European settlement on the Pacific Coast. The base of operations for the Spanish colonization of California, the San Diego Presidio was the first of many forts and the first Spanish mission before the Mission San Diego de Alcala moved a few miles away.

Today the Presidio is in ruins with no buildings remaining and the Presidio has been turned into Presidio Park, a public park. The Presidio was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960. Presidio Park is a cool park because of its rolling hills and excellent views of the city and the Pacific Ocean. Well landscaped, the Park is a great destination for picnics.

Also in Presidio Park is the Serra Museum.

Presidio Drive
San Diego, CA 92103

Mormon Battalion Visitors Center

Mormon Battalion Visitors Center enables visitors to learn about the famous history of the 500 men who faced all sorts of hardships while marching through the Southwest desert in 1846. Films, dioramas, slide presentations and tours will take you back in history to an important part of American history. These 500 men are credited with helping to secure the California Territory for the United States. The dangerous and difficult infantry march is considered the longest march in the history of the United States. The Mormon Battalion has also been credited with building the first brick courthouse, digging the first water wells and constructing the first brick kiln.

The Mormon Battalion reached San Diego in January of 1847 following the 2,000 mile march from Council Bluffs Iowa. The Mormon Battalion were needed to offer American Military support to the garrison located in one of the pueblos during the Mexican War.

Free Admission
Open 9am - 9pm daily
2510 Juan Street, San Diego, CA
Telephone (619) 298-3317

Villa Montezuma

Villa Montezuma is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a popular attraction for anyone interested in Victorian Age style homes. From the architecture to the interior design, Villa Montezuma captures the Victorian style and delights visitors. Villa Montezuma is owned and operated by the San Diego Historic Society.

Highly regarded architectural firm Cornstock and Trotsche designed the mansion in 1887. Architectural buffs will recognize that the spires and chimneys on the roof, the multiple colored facade comprised of shingles, Terracotta, and wood, and intricate stained glass is characteristic of the Queen Anne Victorian style. Gargoyles and towers add to the impressive look from the outside. The home was built for the well known author, spiritualist and musician Jesse Shepard whose interior furnishings complement the artistic design. Accustomed to playing piano for European monarchs, Shepard brought the high society lifestyle to the area during the "boom days" of San Diego. The interior's natural wooden walls made up of walnut, redwood, and Douglas fir complement hand made tile fireplaces.

Locals call it "The Spook House" because of the strange happenings that have taken place here. Two different owners conducted Seances inside the house. Additionally, most of the Villa Montezuma owners have been plagued by financial ruin while living there. Reports of buried treasure in the basement and several ghosts have added to the allure Villa Montezuma. Many visitors report hearing footsteps, seeing faces in the windows, and unexpected piano music from Jesse Shepard when inside the house.

Currently the house is closed for repairs so visitors can not go inside. However, the unusual house is still worth seeing and taking pictures of from the outside.

1925 K Street
San Diego, CA 92102
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Friday - Sunday 10am - 4:30pm