The Junípero Serra Museum

Operated by the San Diego History Center, the Junípero Serra Museum is an iconic regional landmark.Located just above Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, the Serra sits on one of the most significant historical sites on the West Coast, the site of the first permanent European settlement in what is today the State of California.

With its renowned architecture and historic setting, the Junípero Serra Museum is one of San Diego’s preferred wedding and event sites.



The Junípero Serra Museum in Presidio Park
2727 Presidio Drive, San Diego, CA 92103



Give Forward is our donation-based admission policy. We don’t charge a fixed admission fee but look to your generosity to help make history accessible to all in our community, including those who otherwise may not be able to experience it. Suggested minimum donation: $5.



The main and tower galleries will be closed for renovations
April 15, 2019 – July 16, 2019

The museum’s Welcome Center will remain open during renovations.
See below for more details about the transformed visitor experience coming soon to the Junípero Serra Museum. 


Welcome Center during renovations:
Saturday: 10:00 am-4:00 pm; closed 1:00-1:30 pm for employee breaks
Sunday: 10:00 am-4:00 pm; closed 1:00-1:30 pm for employee breaks

Special Closures:

Saturday, May 4th; Museum will be closed all day
Saturday, May 25th; Museum will close at 1:00 pm

Summer Hours
May 27, 2019 (Memorial Day) – September 2, 2019 (Labor Day): 

Friday: 10:00 am–5:00 pm; closed 1:00–1:30 pm for employee breaks.
Saturday: 10:00 am–5:00 pm; closed 1:00–1:30 pm for employee breaks.
Sunday: 10:00 am–5:00 pm; closed 1:00–1:30 pm for employee breaks.
Monday: 10:00 am–5:00 pm; closed 1:00–1:30 pm for employee breaks.





  • No food or beverages.
  • No pets. Service animals are welcome.
  • Photography is permitted. Tag us! No flash, video, tripods, monopods, or photos in areas with this symbol 
  • You may be photographed or videotaped while inside the museum.
    Speak with a Visitor Engagement Associate if you prefer to opt-out.
  • No large bags, oversized items, or plants.

NOTE: The Serra Museum is not currently an ADA-accessible site. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.



Guided and self-guided tours are available of the Serra Museum and Presidio Hill.
For more information: Tours & Guided Walks



Offered on the first Saturday of every month at 1:00pm, this free walking tour meets at the steps leading up to the Serra Museum. Approximately one hour long, this tour covers the history and flora and fauna of Presidio Park. Rain or shine. RSVP’s suggested as space is limited – Park Ranger Kyle Conners,
For additional information, visit Park Ranger-led Tour of Presidio Park.

For more information: or 619-232-6203



The Junípero Serra Museum, the historic home of the San Diego History Center, has begun a much-anticipated renovation.

he Junípero Serra Museum will re-open and debut a transformed visitor experience that tells the story of San Diego around its namesake river on July 16, 2019, the 250th anniversary of the founding of contemporary San Diego, and the 90th anniversary of the dedication of the Museum.

This new core exhibition explores the earliest history of San Diego—the stories of the people that lived along the river’s edge since time immemorial—as well as those that came to settle the area and changed and used the river in order to adapt to San Diego’s arid climate. 

The new exhibit also focuses on the Presidio as the site of San Diego’s and California’s original European settlement, one that was an active military garrison from 1769 to 1835. The Presidio and its church complex housed soldiers, their families, craftsmen, Indian workers, prisoners, and others who settled in San Diego prior to the establishment of the Pueblo San Diego (now Old Town) at the foot of Presidio Hill. Historical accounts combined with archaeological data tell of the presence of diverse people from many different social and ethnic backgrounds, surviving in an often harsh environment. Visitors will also be able to step back in time to view the Presidio and the Kumeyaay settlement of Kosaii.

This renovation, eight years in the making, preserves and restores the original architectural splendor of the interior spaces of the museum, and provides visitors with breathtaking views from the Serra’s iconic tower. 

This exhibition would not be possible with the support of our presenting partners – the San Diego River Conservancy and State Coastal Conservancy. The San Diego History Center is also indebted to our group of grant matching donors as well the Kumeyaay Diegueño Land Conservancy, and a group of dedicated advisors and subject matter experts who are, with this writing, working to complete this new exhibition.