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San Diego Before Statehood
Junipero Serra Museum
In this program, students journey back in time and tread in the footsteps of the padres, soldiers, and settlers who established the first mission and presidio in Alta California. Students are led through a section of Presidio Park, discovering the plaza, stables, jail, chapel, and commander’s house that lie protected underground today.
Inside the Serra Museum, students investigate artifacts that reveal the daily life of the Kumeyaay, the Spanish, and the Mexican inhabitants of early California. Students also “meet” real historic figures by dressing in costume as Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, Father Junípero Serra, Guillermo Carrillo, Señorita Pico, and Josefa Carillo de Fitch.
Tour Levels: Elementary; Middle
Cost: $5 per student; free for teachers and chaperones; $10 reservation fee
(reduced museum admission to students in Title 1 schools within San Diego County)
Dates Offered: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, September – July
Time: 9:30am – 11:30am
Maximum Number of Students: 60
To make a reservation, or for any questions, please call our School Programs Manager at (619) 232-6203 ext. 112. We look forward to welcoming you at San Diego History Center!