- Journal of SD History
The Junípero Serra Museum
Junípero Serra Museum, in Presidio Park
ATTENTION MUSEUM VISITORS: From April to November, the Junipero Serra Museum is a popular venue for special events. As a result, hours of operation may vary. Please call ahead, or check our calendar of events page for the latest updates in museum closures and delayed openings.
- September 8, 2014 - June 4, 2015 - Saturday, and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- June 5 - September 6, 2015 - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Please note the following closures:
none at this time
$4 Seniors, Students, Retired Military and Dependents (I.D. required)
$3 Youths ages 6-17
Free Children under 6
Free Active Duty Military (I.D. required)
San Diego History Center members receive unlimited free admission
The Serra Museum is available for school tours by appointment only Tuesday to Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. To make a reservation, please call (619) 232-6203 x112. For details of school tours offered, please see School Programs.
The Serra Museum is also available for weddings and special events.
The Junípero Serra Museum, in Presidio Park, is one of the most familiar landmarks in San Diego. As a major symbol of the city, it stands atop the hill recognized as the site where California began. It was here in 1769 that a Spanish Franciscan missionary, Father Junípero Serra, with a group of soldiers led by Gaspar de Portolá, established Alta California’s first mission and presidio (fort).
Often confused for the Mission San Diego de Alcalá, the Serra Museum was built between 1928-1929 for the purpose of housing and showcasing the collection of the San Diego History Center (then the San Diego Historical Society), which was founded in 1928. The structure was designed by architect, William Templeton Johnson, using Spanish Revival architecture, to resemble the early missions that once dominated the landscape of Southern California.