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.
We’re pleased to be welcoming visitors back to our museums in Balboa Park and Presidio Park.
The safety and well being of our visitors, staff, and volunteers remains our top priority. The San Diego History Center has introduced new measures designed to ensure a safe and healthy experience. Please follow all posted instructions (remember: masks are required in public!) while visiting the San Diego History Center museums.
Note these dates and times of operation:
- The San Diego History Center in Balboa Park is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11am to 4pm.
- The Junipéro Serra Museum in Presidio Park is open Saturday, and Sunday from 11am to 4pm.
- The Research Archives remains closed at this time for one on one and walk-in appointments.
We hope to see you soon!
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.
Closed – Reopening to be announced
A TRANSFORMED VISITOR EXPERIENCE
The Junípero Serra Museum, the historic home of the San Diego History Center, has begun a much-anticipated renovation.
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.
This exhibition is made possible by support from the San Diego River Conservancy and State Coastal Conservancy with funding provided by Proposition 84, The Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006.
GAVIN NEWSOM, GOVERNOR
Wade Crowfoot, Secretary for Natural Resources
With additional contributions to the San Diego History Center by:
Mae M. and Edward C. Hall Family Fund
Iris H. W. Engstrand, Ph.D
Ray & Sue Carpenter
Jane & Thompson Fetter
Robert & Tommi Adelizzi
Ann & Dr. John Hill
Laura & Jose Castillo
Connie C. Golden
Robert & Luanne Kittle
Sharon & Parley LeeMaster
Frank & Madeleine Pavel
Matthew Schiff & Kerri Abrams
Helga & John Warner
Craig & Christine Andrews
Joseph & Janet Bartel
Richard & Rosalie Bregante
Jeff & Cindy Cavignac
Cindy & Thomas Goodman
Steve & Cathy Gustafson
Karen & Robert Hansen
Cynthia & Roger Hedgecock
Marie & Michael Huff
David Huffman & Elise Streicher
Thomas & Lucy Jackson
Helen & Webster Kinnaird
Alyce & Mitch Lynn
Tom McGibney & Ginny Ollis
Jim & Ellen Moxham
William Newbern & Nora Hom
John & Mercedes Pederson
Mary L. Walshok
Thomas & Nell Waltz
Margie & John Warner
John Weightmon & Nadine Corrigan