Inside | OUT: Items from the History Center's various collections


A permanently exhibited, rotating display of rarely-seen items from the San Diego History Center archives.

June – September, 2016

Inside|OUT is the San Diego History Center’s newest permanent exhibition located in our central atrium and brings objects, photographs, and documents from the archives to the exhibition floor! Inside|OUT is a large lighted display unit with 16 cases of different sizes and will be curated internally by collections staff featuring a rotating inventory of items that are rarely displayed in the museum.

Museums have only so much space to display and only so many subjects specific to certain items, so when you boast a collection of over approximately 17,000 objects, 45 million documents, and around 2.5 million photographs, it’s hard to get all those pieces out for the public to see.

Inside|OUT will rotate the objects and documents on a quarterly basis and may or may not be themed to the other items in the display, depending on the staff curation preferences at the time.

las-patronas-logoThe Inside|OUT exhibit was funded through a generous grant by Las Patronas, one of the oldest and most highly-respected social, cultural and philanthropic organization in San Diego.

The San Diego History Center has been collecting, preserving, and displaying items from San Diego’s past since 1928 when local merchant and philanthropist, George Marston, formed the San Diego Historical Society (today the San Diego History Center). From its first acquisitions in 1929, the History Center has expanded its collections to include: photographs, works of art, public and architectural records, books, maps, scrapbooks, manuscripts, newspapers, ephemera, diaries, and oral histories.

Gallery of Past and Current Items

May 2016