Local History Societies and Museums

Aircraft Carrier Memorial Association
Mailing address:
PO Box 178652
San Diego, CA 92177-8652
Alpine Historical Society
John DeWitt Historic Museum and Library
2116 Tavern Rd., Alpine, CA
Mailing address:
PO Box 382
Alpine, CA 91903-0382
(619) 659-8740
Six yearly historic programs on San Diego County.
Hours: Museum and library open last Saturday and Sunday of month 2-4 pm and by appointment
Altamirano-Pedrorena House
Old Town State Historic Park
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Anza-Borrego Museum
Mailing address:
PO Box 289
Borrego Springs, CA 92004
200 Palm Canyon Drive
Borrego Springs, CA 92004
(760) 767-5311; visitor center (760) 767-4205
Exhibit rooms, theater, information and sales desk, bookstore, Daniel Laboratory, research library. Brochure and related publications.
Hours: Oct-May: 9-5 daily; Jun-Sep: weekends & holidays only
Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association
Mailing address:
PO Box 310
Borrego Springs, CA 92004-0310
Desert Nature Center
652 Palm Canyon Drive
Borrego Springs, CA 92004
(760) 767-3099
Association supports educational activities of the Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Publish various books, brochures, guides and maps.
Hours: 9-5 daily Monday-Friday; Nature Center open every day 9-5 except Tuesday
Balboa Park
There is a wealth of history here, including many museums. Spend all day.
Barona Cultural Center and Museum
Mailing address:
1095 Barona Road
Lakeside, CA 92040
(619) 443-7003 x 219
Native American artifacts and history.
Hours: 12-5 Wednesday-Friday and Sunday; 10-5 Saturday; Research and tour appointments available at other times
Black Hawk Smithy & Stable
Old Town State Historic Park
Bonita Museum & Cultural Center
Bonita Historical Society
4355 Bonita Road
Bonita, CA 91902
(619) 267-5141
The Bonita Historical Society is dedicated to preserve, for public education
and enjoyment, the culture, history, art, crafts and aesthetic facets of the
region, specifically El Rancho de la Nacion in South San Diego County.
Hours: 10-3, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Cabrillo National Monument
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
Mailing address:
PO Box 6670
San Diego, CA 92106
Park HQ: (619) 557-5450; Visitor information: (619) 224-4140
There are magnificent views from this spot at the end of Catalina Blvd on Point Loma; Ranger-conducted activities on gray whales, Old Point Loma Lighthouse, local military history, tide pools, slide shows and movies.
Hours: 9-5 every day of the year.
California Surf Museum
223 North Coast Highway
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 721-6876
Hours: Thursday-Monday 10-4
California State Historical Landmarks in San Diego County
Properties of historical importance in California are currently designated as significant resources in three state registration programs: State Historical Landmarks, Points of Historical Interest, and the California Register of Historic Places. This is a list of the State Historical Landmarks for San Diego County.

Camp Callan Research Project
Mailing address:
PO Box 33672
San Diego, CA 92163-3672
Dedicated to preservation of the history of the WWII Army camp where the Torrey Pines Golf Course stands today.
Carlsbad Historical Society
Smith-Shipley-Magee House
258 Beech St. in Magee Park, Carlsbad
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 252
Carlsbad, CA 92018-0252
(760) 434-9189
Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11a-3p
Casa de Bandini
Old Town State Historic Park
Casa de Estudillo
Old Town State Historic Park
Casa de Machado y Silva
Old Town State Historic Park
Casa de Machado y Stewart
Old Town State Historic Park
Centro Cultural De La Raza
Balboa Park
2125 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101-4792
(619) 235-6135
Hours: Thursday-Sunday 12-5
Chinese Historical Society of Greater San Diego and Baja California
404 Third Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 338-9888
Museum has 700 books relating to Chinese history, fourteen exhibit cases on permanent display, instruments from a traditional Chinese study room, maps.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:30-4; Suday 12-4
Chula Vista Heritage Museum
360 Third Ave.
Chula Vista, CA 91910-3018
(619) 427-8092
Hours: Monday-Thursday 1-4 pm; Saturday 1-4 pm
City of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation
Balboa Park Administration Bldg.
2125 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 235-1120
Committee of One Hundred
Mailing address:
PO Box 19029
San Diego,CA 92159-0029
Dedicated to the Preservation of Spanish Colonial Architecture in Balboa Park.
Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego
Mailing address:
PO Box 370357
San Diego, CA 92137-0357
Monthly meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month (except December) at the Tierrasanta Christian Church, 11445 Tierrasanta Blvd, San Diego.
Computer Museum of America
640 C Street
San Diego, CA
(619) 235-8222
Displaying milestones in the development of the computer industry. Exhibits include several working examples of early computers and calculators, including an Altair, considered the world's first personal computer and an Apple Lisa.
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10-5
Congress of History of San Diego and Imperial Counties
P.O. Box 1346
Lemon Grove, CA 91946
(619) 444-3391
Annual meeting in March; bimonthly newsletter Adelante.
Cooley Museum "Frank the Train Man"
4233 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 295-1611
Rare antique automobiles, toys, standard gauge trains, cameras, phonographs and more are all on display in the privately operated museum of Jim Cooley. Open to the public Monday-Saturday 9:30-5, admission $5
Coronado Historical Association
1100 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118
(619) 435-7242
Quarterly newsletter; The neo-classical structure built in 1910 and known as the Bank of Commerce and Trust, Museum of History and Art, archives and research library, a lecture hall, a museum store, and a museum cafe.
Hours: Mon-Sat 10-4 (except closed Wed), Sunday 11-4; Library open for research Thursday-Friday 10-4, Sat 10-2
Deer Park Automotive Museum
29013 Champagne Blvd.
Escondido, CA
(760) 749-1666
Large convertible collection with over 120 cars on display; Located off I-15. A winery too!
Hours: daily 10-5
Del Mar Historical Society
Mailing address:
PO Box 2233
Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 794-0029
Hours: by appointment
Derby-Pendleton House
Old Town State Historic Park
El Cajon Historical Society
Knox House Museum
280 N. Magnolia Ave
El Cajon, CA
Mailing address:
PO Box 1973
El Cajon, CA 92022-1973
(619) 444-3800
Knox Museum tours. El Cajon Heritage newsletter published quarterly.
Hours: 12:30-3:30, Thursday and Saturday
Encinitas Historical Society
The Old Schoolhouse
F and 4th Streets
Encinitas, CA
Mailing address:
PO Box 232293
Leucadia, CA 92023-2293
(760) 753-5726 or (760) 942-9066
Rebuilt 1883 Encinitas schoolhouse open Fridays and Saturdays from 12pm-4pm.
Ensenada History Museum
Lopez Mateos and Gastelum
Ensenada, Mexico
Escondido Historical Society
321 North Broadway
Escondido, CA
Mailing address:
PO Box 92033
Escondido, CA 92025
(760) 743-8207
Heritage Walk Museum, six museum buildings include 1888 Santa Fe Depot, an 1890 Victorian House, a barn, a working blacksmith shop and a library with photos and information on the early days in Escondido.
Office hours: 8-4 Monday-Friday
Museum hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 1-4
Fallbrook Historical Society
Fallbrook History Museum
260 Rocky Crest Road
Fallbrook, CA
Mailing address:
PO Box 1375
Fallbrook, CA 92088
(760) 723-4125
Museum and Historic House
Hours: Thursday and Sunday 1-4; or by appointment
Visitors entrance is on Hill Street (around the corner from Rocky Crest)
Donald J. Rivers Interpretive Center, a new barn to house farm equipment, currently being built.
Firehouse Museum
1572 Columbia Street
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-FIRE
Firehouse Museum displays a large collection of antique fire-fighting equipment and memorabilia. Hours: Thursday - Friday: 10 - 2; Saturday & Sunday: 10 - 4
First San Diego Courthouse
Old Town State Historic Park
Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
Mailing address:
Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation
PO Box 45316
San Diego, CA 92145-0316
(858) 693-1723
Museum is open to the public:
Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar
Enter from North Gate off Miramar Road
Museum information: (858) 577-6125
Hours: Monday through Saturday 9-2
Fort Guijarros Museum Foundation
Mailing address:
PO Box 23130
San Diego, CA 92193
(619) 229-9743
Historical and archeological research of a 1796 Spanish fort and its subsequent use by Yankee whalers. American military history of San Diego Bay area. Traveling exhibits and a publication on Spanish, Mexican and American Military.
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 11-4
Friends of Carrillo Ranch
2622 El Aguila Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92009
(760) 438-1666 for detaiils
Three audio-visual shows; seminars; workshops for local schools. Published Western Breezes, poems by Leo Carrillo. Premises under restoration.
Gaslamp Black Historical Society
908 Market Street
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 685-7215
Heritage of the Americas Museum
Cuyamaca College
12110 Cuyamaca College Drive West
El Cajon, CA 92019
(619) 670-5194
Cultural and educational center featuring prehistoric and historic art, culture and natural history of the Americas.
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10-4; Saturday 12-4
Heritage Park Victorian Village
Old Town State Historic Park
Heritage Park Village Museum
220 Peyri Drive
Oceanside, CA
(619) 464-0301
Hours: Grounds 9-4 daily; Buildings Sunday 1-4
Horseless Carriage Foundation Library
Mailing address:
PO Box 4119
La Mesa, CA 91944-4119
8186 Center Street
La Mesa, CA
(619) 464-0301
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10-4; Saturday 9-2
Hotel del Coronado
1500 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 22118
(619) 522-8203
Built in 1888, this Victorian resort hotel with turrets, spires and gazebos is a National Historic Landmark. Hotel del Coronado Hall of History has photos and memorabilia covering a century of history, the kings and queens, presidents and celebrities who have stayed at the world famous resort. Lower Level.
Historic Walking Tours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10 am and 11 am
House of Pacific Relations
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA
(619) 234-0739
Houses of various nations host exhibits and events.
Imperial County Historical Society
373 East Aten Road
Imperial, CA 92251
(760) 352-1165
Preserving the history of the Imperial Valley. Pioneers' Museum. (Exit I-8 at Hwy 111 North to Aten Road)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10-4; Archival research by appointment, call (760) 352-3211
Imperial Valley College Desert Museum Society, Desert Museum
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 2455
El Centro, CA 92244
Museum: under construction
Ocotillo Offramp/Interstate 8
Ocotillo, CA 92259
(760) 358-7016
International Gymnastics Hall of Fame
227 Brooks Street (at Mission Ave.)
Oceanside, CA
(760) 722-0606
Italian Historical Society of San Diego
(888) 485-4825

Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego
Mailing address:
PO Box 620988
San Diego, CA 92162-0988
(619) 280-9418
Quarterly newsletter, "Footprints"
Jewish Historical Society of San Diego
Mailing address:
1934 Pentuckett Avenue San Diego, CA 92104-5732
Four meetings a year at various locations in San Diego.
Call (619) 232-5888
Johnson House
Old Town State Historic Park
Julian Historical Society
Mailing address:
PO Box 513
Julian, CA 92036
(760) 765-0436 (760) 765-1397
Julian Pioneer Museum
2811 Washington Street
Julian, CA 92036
(760) 765-0227
Museum collection includes items from Julian at the time of its Gold Rush in 1869, San Diego Co. Indian artifacts and mounted indigenous wildlife. Museum was once a blacksmith's shop. Displays of Indian, pioneer, and gold rush times, largest collection of laces in California. Museum will assist in genealogical research.
Hours: December to March open weekends and holidays 10-4
La Jolla Historical Society
Mailing address:
PO Box 2085
7846 Eads Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92038
(619) 459-5335
Quarterly meetings with programs, quarterly newsletter; walking tours; social events.
Hours: 12-4, Tuesday and Thursday
La Mesa Historical Society
8369 University Avenue
La Mesa, CA 91944-0882
(619) 466-0197
The McKinney house is open 1-4pm on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month.
Hours: Saturday from 12-3 and by appointment
Lakeside Historical Society
9906 Maine Avenue (PO Box 1423)
Lakeside, CA 92040
(619) 561-1886 (619) 443-5512
Restored church; newsletter; book Legends of Lakeside.
Hours: 10-2, Tuesday-Saturday
Lambda Archives of San Diego
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 40389
San Diego, CA 92164-0389
(619) 260-1522
Primary focus is on lesbian and gay history and culture in the San Diego County and Tijuana region. Call or visit the website for hours.
Lawrence Welk Museum
8860 Lawrence Welk Drive
Escondido, CA
(760) 749-3448
The story of Lawrence Welk's beginnings and the evolution of the Lawrence Welk Show, the longest running musical program in television history.
Hours: 10-5 daily, except during performances
Lemon Grove Historical Society and Parsonage Museum of Lemon Grove
Mailing address:
PO Box 624
Lemon Grove, CA 91946
(619) 460-4353
Parsonage Museum
3185 Olive Street
Lemon Grove, CA
Bimonthly newsletter. "History Alive" free monthly lecture series in public library. Developing H. Lee House Museum, 3205 Olive Street, opening 2004.
Parsonage Museum Hours: Friday 1-3, Saturday 10-4 and by appointment
Light-Freeman House
Old Town State Historic Park
Marine Corps Recruit Depot Command Museum
Marine Corps Recruit Depot Building 26
San Diego, CA
Mailing address:
Marine Corps Recruit Depot Building 26
PO Box 400085
San Diego, CA 92140-0013
(619) 524-4426
Dramatizes the history of the Marine Corps in the regional development of Southern California.
Hours: Monday-Friday 8-4, Saturday 12-4
Marine Corps Recruit Museum Historical Society
Mailing address:
PO Box 85
San Diego, CA 92140
(619) 524-6038/6719
Supports Marine Corps Command Museum (above).
Marston House
3525 Seventh Avenue
northwest corner of Balboa Park
(619) 298-3142
Furnished in the style of the American Arts and Crafts Movement of the early 20th century, George W. and Anna Gunn Marston's home was designed by architects Irving Gill and William Hebbard. House available for private events and special bookings. 
Mason Street School
Old Town State Historic Park
Mingei International Museum
Plaza de Panama, Balboa Park
1439 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
Mailing address:
PO Box 553, La Jolla, CA 92038
(619) 239-0003
Changing exhibitions of traditional and contemporary folk art, craft and design.
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10-4
Mission San Diego Alcala
10818 San Diego Mission Rd
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 283-7319 (858) 560-9312
Located in first Rectory and residence of Junipero Serra, collections include Native American baskets, Spanish colonial and early American artifacts, ecclesiastical objects, and archival materials. Tote-a-tape tour.
Hours: 9-4:45 daily; Library by appt 10-12 Tuesday & Thursday
Mission San Antonio de Pala
Mailing address:
PO Box 70
Pala, CA 92059
Pala Mission Rd., Highway 76 in Pala
Mission was founded in 1816 as an "asistencia" to the Mission San Luis Rey. Unique free-standing bell tower is modeled after one in Juarez, Mexico. (760) 742-3317 (760) 742-1600 for information
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10-4
Mission San Luis Rey
4050 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, CA 92057
(760) 757-3651 ext 148
Mission San Luis Rey de Francia is the 18th in the chain of 21 California Missions established by the Spanish Franciscans. Museum collections include artifacts from Native American, Spanish Mission, Mexican Secularization, and American Military periods. 
Hours: 10-4:30 Daily
Montezuma Valley Historical Society
Mailing address:
37560-A Montezuma Valley
Ranchita, CA 92066
(760) 782-3717
Mormon Battalion Memorial Visitor's Center
Old Town State Historic Park
Mountain Empire Historical Society and Stone Store Museum
Mailing address:
PO Box 394
Campo, CA 91906-0394
31130 Highway 94
Campo, CA 91906-3132
(619) 478-5707
Gaskill Stone Store Museum, built in 1885; two story stone structure houses artifacts focusing on native, Hispanic and Anglo cultures. Archives include over 8,000 photographs. Publish a guide.
Hours: 11-5 Saturday, Sunday
Museum of American Treasures
Mailing address:
1315 E. 4th Street
National City, CA 92050
(619) 477-7489 or 474-6886
Local history, military memorabilia, glass.
Hours: 11-4 Sunday
Museum of Making Music
5790 Armada Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 438-5996
Hours: 10-5 Tuesday-Sunday
Museum of Photographic Arts
Casa de Balboa, Balboa Park
1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 238-7559
Hours: 10-5 Monday-Sunday
National Archives and Records Administration, Pacific Region
Mailing address:
PO Box 6719
Laguna Niguel, CA 92607-6719
Take Oso Parkway exit from I-5
24000 Avila Road, 1st floor, East Entrance
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677-3497
(949) 360-2641
Hours: M-F 8-4:30
National Association Civilian Conservation Corps
Mailing address:
5118 San Aquario Drive
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 270-5417
State Museum:
PO Box 13510
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
National City Living Trust Farm Preserve Stein Family Farm
Mailing address:
PO Box 2362
National City, CA 92151-2362
(619) 477-4113
Hours: Saturday 10-4 and by appt.
National City Heritage Square
900 block of A Avenue
National City, CA 92050
(619) 477-0859
Block of restored homes and townhouses. Kimball house museum.
National City Historical Society
Mailing address:
Frank Kimball Museum
923 A Ave
National City, CA 91950
(619) 474-8905
The NCHS holds the Frank Kimball Museum open every Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 1pm. Special tours can be arranged.
National City Public Library
Morgan Local History Room
1401 National City Blvd.
National City, CA 91950
(619) 470-5870
Exhibits of selected items related to the City of National City from the collection change regularly. Kimball and Morgan collections are significant. Computerized inventory available and prearranged tours welcome.
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 2-6
North Park Community Association History Committee
2226 Dwight Street
San Diego, CA 92104
North Park Main Street
3074 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 294-2501
Ocean Beach Historical Society
Mailing address:
PO Box 7895
San Diego, CA 92167
(619) 222-6066
Oceanside Historical Society
305 North Nevada Street
Oceanside, CA
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 125
Oceanside, CA 92049-0125
(760) 722-4786
Hours: Thursday-Saturday 10-2
Old Adobe Chapel
Old Town State Historic Park
Old Town State Historic Park
Near intersection of I-8 and I-5
Information line: (619) 220-5422
Old Town Museums and Historic Buildings
Pacific Beach Historical Society
Mailing address:
PO Box 9200
San Diego, CA 92169
(619) 272-6655
Monthly newsletter, bimonthly-monthly programs.
Hours: by appointment
Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum
(Formerly San Diego Railroad Museum)
La Mesa Depot 4695 Nebo drive
La Mesa, CA 91941
619-465-PSRM (7776)
Main facility is at Campo, 60 miles east of downtown SD. Train rides featuring vintage railroad cars and locomotives every weekend leaving the Campo Depot at 11:00 and 2:30 Saturday and Sunday except major holidays.
The La Mesa Depot Museum is open weekends from noon till 4:00PM adjacent to the downtown La Mesa Trolley stop.
Portuguese Research and Education, Inc.
9425 El Tejado Road
La Mesa, California 91941
(619) 244-1933
Our mission at Portuguese Research & Education, Inc (PRESD) is to preserve and share our rich Portuguese heritage and the role played by the Portuguese community in shaping the San Diego of today.
Poway Historical and Memorial Society Museum
14114 Midland Rd.
Poway, CA
Mailing address:
PO Box 19
14114 Midland Rd.
Poway, CA 92074-0019
(619) 679-8587
Artifacts from the Kumeyaay Indians, adobe bricks, farm tools and implements, household items and clothing from the 1890s through the 1940s. Photographs, documents, time-line murals and scale models of early Poway.
Hours: Saturday 9-3, Sunday 11-2
Racine and Laramie
Old Town State Historic Park
Ramona Pioneer Historical Society
645 Main Street
Ramona, CA 92065
Mailing address:
PO Box 625
Ramona, CA 92065
(760) 789-7644
Historical society, biographies, manuscripts, oral history archives and Guy B. Woodward Museum. Area history, local legends, exhibits of clothing and antiques.
Hours: Friday-Sunday 1-4; Tours arranged
Rancho Bernardo Historical Society
(858) 775 - 5788
At the present time, part of the Society's collection can be seen at the RB Library in the Reference Section. Included are bound copies of many monthly magazines and newspapers mailed to all residents between 1962 and 1978.
Rancho Guajome Adobe Museum
2210 North Santa Fe
Vista, CA 92083
(760) 724-4082
A 30-room, 7,000 sq. ft. hacienda, built in 1853, is a beautifully restored museum, a state and national historic monument.
Hours: guided tours only at 11, 12:30 and 2 every Saturday and Sunday, and for group tours and free school tours during the week by appointment.
Rancho Buena Vista Adobe
651 East Vista Way
Vista, CA
Mailing address:
PO Box 1988
Vista, CA 92085
(760) 639-6164
Birthplace of Vista. Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, guided tours, facility rentals and special events.
Hours: Wed-Sat 10-3; Last tour 2:15 Saturday tours 10 am only
Rancho Guajome Adobe Museum
2210 North Santa Fe
Vista, CA 92083
(760) 724-4082
A 30-room, 7,000 sq. ft. hacienda, built in 1853, is a beautifully restored museum, a state and national historic monument.
Hours: guided tours only at 11, 12:30 and 2 every Saturday and Sunday, and for group tours and free school tours during the week by appointment.
Rancho Penasquitos Adobe
12020 Black Mountain Road by Canyonside Community Park
San Diego CA 92126
(619) 694-3049
First California land grant, ruins of 1823 adobe ranch house
Tours: Saturday at 11; Sunday at 1

Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores

Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base
Fax (760) 725-5727; Phone (760) 725-5758
Ranch House NHS and Marine Corps Mechanized Museum
or email: mcbcampen_history@usmc.mil
Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society
Mailing address:
PO Box 1
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
6036 La Flecha
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
(858) 756-9291
Quarterly newsletter. Organize lectures, programs and day trips of historical interest. Currently in National Register listings for Lilian Rice designed homes (1924-1938).
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10a-3p
Robinson-Rose House
Old Town State Historic Park
Rolando History Project
Jim Newland (619) 583-3801
San Diego Aerospace Museum
2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101-1636
(619) 234-8291
Historical aircraft, engines, and related exhibits. Vintage aeronautical books, magazines, manuals, documents and photographs. Permanent and temporary exhibits. Quarterly newsletter.
Hours: 10-4 Winter; 10-5 Summer
San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum
Midway Museum Office
1355 N. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101-1636
(619) 702-7700
July 4, 2000 is the target date for the grand opening of the Midway, making it only the second aircraft carrier museum of its kind on the West Coast. The USS Midway was commissioned on September 10, 1945. Anticipate carrier aircraft on display, below-deck theater flight simulators, touring and permanent exhibits.
San Diego Archaeological Center
16666 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido CA 92027-7001
The San Diego Archaeological Center preserves and curates prehistoric and historic archaeological artifacts. In partnership with Native Americans, the community and other cultural groups, it promotes education and scientific use of archaeological collections.
Hours: Mon-Fri 9 to 4, Sat. 10 to 2
San Diego Automotive Museum
2080 Pan American Plaza #12, Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101-1636
(619) 231-2886
Hours: 10-4 daily
San Diego Civil War Roundtable
Mailing address:
11375 Nawa Way
San Diego, CA 92129
(619) 672-2593
Monthly newsletter, Skirmish Line. All aspects of the Civil War. Some members have primary source materials and hold discussion group.
San Diego Corral of the Westerners
Mailing address:
PO Box 87307
San Diego, CA 92138-7307
(619) 748-8654
The Westerners is an international organization for those interested in research, portrayal and preservation of the history, art and literature of the American West. Publishes The Wrangler quarterly and the Brand Book Series of history books. Meetings with monthly speaker.
San Diego County Archaeological Society
Mailing address:
PO Box 81106
San Diego, CA 92138
(858) 538-0935
Archaeological excavations, talks, tours and exhibits; Rancho Penasquitos Adobe at 12020 Mountain Road by Canyonside Community Park. Tours Saturday at 11; Sunday at 1; Call (619) 484-7504
San Diego County Sheriffs Museum
2384 San Diego Avenue
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 260-1850
Museum displays San Diego County Sheriff's Department history and serves as a repository for artifacts, photographs, documents.
Off Interstate 5 at the Old Town off-ramp. Open 10 to 4, Tuesday through Saturday.
San Diego County Genealogy - GenWeb
San Diego Electric Railway Association
Mailing address:
PO Box 89068
San Diego, CA 92138-9068
Museum at restored 1881 National City Depot
922 West 23rd St
National City, CA
(619) 699-8690


San Diego Genealogical Society
1050 Pioneer Way, Suite E
El Cajon, California 92020-1943
(619) 588-0065
San Diego Hall of Champions
Federal Building, Balboa Park
Mailing address:
2131 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park
San Diego CA 92101
(619) 234-2544
Hours: daily 10-4:30
San Diego History Center
Casa de Balboa, Balboa Park, San Diego
Mailing address:
1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-6203
Operates Photo and Research Archives, Serra Museum, and San Diego History Center. All museums available for private events and special bookings. Society publishes quarterly Journal of San Diego History.
San Diego Maritime Museum
1492 N. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 234-9153
Ships include the 1863 Star of India, 1898 ferryboat Berkeley and 1904 steam yacht Medea. Research archives and library focused on San Diego and the Pacific. Quarterly Mains'l Haul: A Journal of Pacific Maritime History.
Hours: Every day of the year, including holidays, 9-9 Summer; 9-8 Winter
San Diego Model Railroad Museum
1649 El Prado
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
Museum highlights include four permanent scale model railroads: a Cabrillo Southwestern O Scale; a San Diego and Arizona Eastern HO scale, a Southern Pacific-Santa Fe Tehachapi Pass HO Scale and a Pacific Desert Lines N Scale, as well as a toy train gallery and other visiting exhibits. (619) 696-0199
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11-4; Saturday-Sunday 11-5
San Diego Museum of Art
El Prado, Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
Mailing address:
PO Box 122107
San Diego, CA 92112-2107
(619) 232-7931
Hours: 10-4:30 Tuesday-Sunday
San Diego Museum of Man
1350 El Prado, Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 239-2001
Ethnological and archaeological collections pertaining to the peoples of Western America. 13,510 volume library and manuscripts and periodicals. Guided tours; docent program.
Hours: 10-4 daily
San Diego Natural History Museum
1788 El Prado - Balboa Park
Mailing address:
PO Box 121390
San Diego, CA 92112-1390
(619) 232-3821
Premier environmental education and natural history research resource in our region;- recently expanded museum and a great website!
Hours: Daily 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
San Diego Navy Historical Association
Mailing address:
964 Guatay Ave
Chula Vista, CA 91911
(619) 427-1847
Exhibit at 32nd Street Naval Station located next to the Naval Station Pass and Decal Office just north of 32nd Street on Harbor Drive in San Diego.
Hours: Monday through Friday 8 am to 3 pm
San Diego Police Historical Association
205 G Street
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 234-6990
Hours: Monday-Sunday 10-4
San Diego Public Library
California Room, Genealogy Room
820 E. Street
San Diego, CA 92101-6478
San Diego Union Museum
Old Town State Historic Park
San Dieguito Heritage Museum
Mailing address:
450 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 632-9711
San Dieguito Heritage Museum collects, preserves, and interprets the history of the cities of Encinitas, Del Mar, Rancho Sante Fe, Cardiff, Carlsbad, Solana Beach, and Olivenhain.
Hours: Thurs-Sun 12-4
San Marcos Historical Society
270 West San Marcos Blvd.
San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 744-9025
Museum displays artifacts from historical San Marcos area. Programs and annual bus tour.
Hours: 1-4, Tuesday-Thursday, Sat-Sunday and by appointment
Santee Historical Society
9200 Magnolia Ave
Santee, CA 92071
(619) 449-2024
Hours: Tues, 10am - 12pm
San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park
15808 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, CA 92030
(760) 839-4315 (619) 220-5430
Commemorates battle between U.S. and Californio forces on Dec. 6, 1846. Located 8 miles south of Escondido on Highway 78. Exhibit areas, theater, original Dragoon uniform, weaponry, Native American metate. Brochure and related publications.
Hours: 10-5 Friday-Sunday
Save Our Heritage Organisation SOHO
2476 San Diego Avenue
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 297-9327
SOHO is the oldest continually operating historic preservation group in California. Publishes quarterly newsletter Reflections.
Seeley Stables
Old Town State Historic Park
Serra Museum
2727 Presidio Drive
San Diego, CA
Mailing address:
1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 297-3258
Just up the hill from Old Town, the museum showcases artifacts such as housewares, furniture, tools and a cannon from the Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and American periods through 1929. Tours, docent program, temporary and permanent exhibits; Museum available for private events and special bookings. Operated by the San Diego Historical Society.
Hours: Monday through Sunday 10-4:30; school tours Tuesday-Thursday.
Sheriff's Museum
Old Town State Historic Park
Silvas-McCoy House
Old Town State Historic Park
South Coastal Information Center
South Coastal Information Center
4283 El Cajon Blvd.
St. 250 San Diego, CA 92105
(619) 594-5682
Operates under agreement with the California State Office of Historic Preservation to maintain archaeological and historic site records for San Diego County.
Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society
Mailing address:
PO Box 504
Solana Beach, CA 92075
La Colonia Park
715 Valley Ave
Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 755-2937
Hours: Friday 12-3 and by appt
Spreckels Organ Society
Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Balboa Park
Mailing address:
1549 El Prado, Suite 10
San Diego, CA 92101-1611
(619) 702-8138
Free outdoor Sunday concerts in Balboa Park 2-3 pm; see schedule for other concerts.
Spring Valley Historical Society
Mailing address:
PO Box 142
Spring Valley, CA 91976
Bancroft Ranch House Museum
9050 Memory Lane
Spring Valley, CA 92077
(619) 469-1480
Built in 1863, the Bancroft Ranch House museum contains memorabilia of Spring Valley history and artifacts from a time when only American Indians inhabited the area.
Hours: Friday-Sunday 1-4
Temecula Valley Historical Society
Mailing address:
PO Box 157
Temecula, CA 92593
Mission: identify, preserve and promote local historic legacy
Temecula Valley Museum
Located in Sam Hicks Monument Park
28315 Mercedes Street
Temecula, CA 92590
(909) 694-6450
Contains displays of local history and children's hands-on exhibits
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5; Historic Lecture Series at 6 pm on first Thursday of each month.
Tijuana Cultural Center / Centro Cultural Tijuana
CECUT - Museo de las Californias
Avenida Paseo de los Heroes y Mina, sin numero
Tijuana, B.C.
Telefono: (664) 6879600;
From United States: 011 52 (664) 6879600
Hours: Daily 10-7
Tijuana Historical Society
Sociedad de Historia de Tijuana, A.C.
Avenida Ermita Norte 3801
Col. Corona del Rosal
Tijuana, B.C. 22480
e-mail: SHT@telnor.net
Telephones: (664) 6224288, (664) 6220398
From United States: 011 52 (664) 6224288 or 011 52 (664) 6220398
Hours: Monday-Friday 9-5; closed weekends
Timken Museum of Art
1500 El Prado - Balboa Park
San Diego, California, 92101
(619) 239-5548
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10-4:15; Sunday 1:30-4:15; free admission
Torrey Pines Gliderport Historical Society
P.O. Box 370433
San Diego, CA 92137
(858) 455-6429
United States House
Old Town State Historic Park
University Heights Historical Society
4452 Park Blvd, Suite 103
San Diego, CA 92116
Mailing address:
PO Box 3115, San Diego CA 92163
(619) 297-3166
Monthly programs, walking tours
Hours: by appointment
Valley Center Historical Society and Valley Center History Museum
29200 Cole Grade Road
Valley Center CA 92082
Mailing address:
PO Box 2665, Valley Center CA 92082
Valley Center History Museum maintains an archive of materials on the history of the community, and operates a Museum whose centerpiece is a major exhibition on the California Grizzly Bear.
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 12 noon to 4 pm Admission free to all.
Vail Ranch Restoration Association
Mailing address:
41403 Bitter Creek Ct.
Temecula, CA 92591
Mission: to preserve the Historic Vail Ranch Site
Veterans Memorial Center & Museum
Balboa Park
2125 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101-4927
(619) 239-2300
Museum in the former chapel of the old Naval Hospital. Library, tours, open to the public
Hours: 10-4 Tuesday-Sunday
Villa Montezuma Museum
1925 K Street, Sherman Heights Historic District
(just east of downtown San Diego)
Friends of the Villa Montezuma, Inc. (619) 255-9367
1887 Victorian house museum, built by musician and spiritualist Jesse Shepard. Museum currently closed for restoration. 
Vista Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum
2040 N. Santa Fe Avenue
Vista, CA 92083
(760) 941-1791 or (800) 5tractor
40 acres of rural farmland in San Diego County's Guajome Regional Park. Museum depicts California farming 1900-1930 with machinery collections, buildings and demonstrations - Special biannual shows the 3rd and 4th FULL weekends of June and October; newsletter Ignitor
Hours: Daily 10 - 4
Vista Historical Museum
Vista Ranchos Historical Society
651 E. Vista Way, Suite A
Vista, CA 92084-1032
E-mail: vhm@usa.com Mailing address:
PO Box 1032, Vista CA 92085-1032
(760) 630-0444
Historical Building has photos and artifacts;
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10 to 3
Wells Fargo History Museum
Old Town State Historic Park
Whaley House Museum
Old Town State Historic Park
William Heath Davis House Museum
Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation
410 Island Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 233-4692
The 140 year old William Heath Davis House is the oldest structure in the "New Town" section of downtown San Diego. Gaslamp walking tours, Wyatt Earp audio walking tour
Museum Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11-3; Saturday & Sunday 10-4
Women's History Museum and Educational Center
2323 Broadway # 107
San Diego, CA 92102-1946
(619) 233-7963 Museum has exhibits, photos, books and artifacts
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 12-4 or by appt.
Wrightington House
Old Town State Historic Park