Marston’s History Emporium


PLEASE NOTE: Marston’s History Emporium was originally designed in 2017 to be a hands-on history lab where families can use all five senses to touch and explore. However, COVID-19 has meant that many of these hands-on elements of the exhibiton can no longer be displayed. Please be patient with us as we determine the best way to provide interactivity while still keeping safe.

Who is a San Diegan? Why is it important to know and understand our history? What do objects, photos, and documents say about our past? How have other children in San Diego made a difference in our community? These are just a few of the questions that will confront visitors to the History Center’s newest exhibition Marston’s History Emporium.

With an imaginative take on what a history emporium might look like, visitors will encounter seven stations, such as:

  • Kids Like Me?—Through a collage of children’s photos from the SDHC collection, historic toys, and a seek-and-find game, kids will learn if they share any similarities with children in the past.
  • Our San Diego—Rosa Parks Elementary students “curate” a small exhibit that showcases their own interpretations of what San Diego means to them.
  • What’s in a Photo?—Featuring large mural photo puzzles, this niche focuses on what we can learn from historical photos.
  • Have You Met…?—By digging through our archives, we have uncovered stories of little-known San Diegans like the Bandini Family, Marita Redondo and Sylura Barron, whom young visitors can learn about through documents and photos.
  • The Sights, Sounds (and Smells) of Old San Diego—This multi-sensory matching game teaches students about different industries from San Diego’s past.
  • There’s History in Our Home—Everyday objects from our living rooms, kitchens, and offices such as telephones, old tools, typewriters, and kitchen gadgets tell us about how people lived in the past.


Susan and Larry Favrot and the Favrot Fund