Historic Old Town San Diego

Venture through 17 Museums • Stroll through a Victorian Park

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Known as the most haunted house in America – this building is also the oldest brick structure in San Diego. Beautiful authentic period furnishings and many ghost stories abound. Built in 1856 by Thomas Whaley who established the first brickyard in San Diego so he could build this home.

CONTACT:  2476 San Diego Ave

(619) 297-7511

HOURS & ADMISSION: whaleyhouse.org

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This authentic historic adobe "mansion" was constructed in 1827 by Jose Maria Estudillo and was considered the social center for many of the fabulous fiestas and fandangos (parties) of early California.

CONTACT:  Old Town State Historic Park: (619) 220-5422

HOURS: Open daily 10:00am to 5:00pm

ADMISSION:  Free

 As the first Catholic cemetery in San Diego (c.1849), it is the forever home to several famous founding fathers and notorious visitors. One of the graves is that of Yankee Jim Robinson who was accused of stealing a horse (he really only stole a dingy), and was hung for his sins on the steps of the Whaley House.  CONTACT: Save Our Heritage Organization (619) 297-9327  HOURS: Open daily 10:00am to 5:00pm  ADMISSION:  Free

As the first Catholic cemetery in San Diego (c.1849), it is the forever home to several famous founding fathers and notorious visitors. One of the graves is that of Yankee Jim Robinson who was accused of stealing a horse (he really only stole a dingy), and was hung for his sins on the steps of the Whaley House.

CONTACT: Save Our Heritage Organization (619) 297-9327

HOURS: Open daily 10:00am to 5:00pm

ADMISSION:  Free

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Come experience the long march from Iowa to San Diego with the Mormon Battalion. Learn why this group of Latter-day Saint men and women joined the U.S. Army and what they accomplished during and after their march. This newly remodeled center evokes Old San Diego and includes hands-on exhibits and resources for learning more about those who served in the Battalion.

CONTACT: 2510 Juan St,

(619) 298-3317

HOURS: Open Monday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Last tour begins at 8 p.m.

Open Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Last tour begins at 8 p.m.

ADMISSION:  Free

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ose Nicasio Silvas built this house between 1830 and 1843 and lived here for many years with his wife, Maria Antonia Machado and their children. Their home stayed in the family for over 100 years and subsequently became a boarding house, saloon, restaurant, art studio, souvenir shop, museum and even a church.

CONTACT:  Old Town State Historic Park: (619) 220-5422

HOURS:  Open daily 10:00am to 5:00pm

ADMISSION:  Free

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Kids are delighted to enjoy the interactive exhibits from the 150-year-old history of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Displays include guns, badges, handcuffs, uniforms, a cool old patrol car, a real helicopter, motorcycle, jail cell for the perfect souvenir photo and a courtroom.

 

CONTACT:  Sheriff's Museum  (619) 260-1850

HOURS:  Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00am to 4:00pm

ADMISSION:  Free

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J.B. Hinton launched this business in the 1860s, providing blacksmith services, coach repairs, accommodations and food for horses and teamsters.

Today, it is home to our two local burros plus you'll find our Living History re-enactors performing as the "Smithy" of the day from the 1800's.

Live re-enactments are on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

CONTACT:  Old Town State Historic Park: (619) 220-5422

HOURS:  Open daily 10:00am to 5:00pm

ADMISSION:  Free