The Serra Museum
is a landmark visible from many points in the City of San Diego. Built in 1929, the mission-style building commemorates the site of the first mission and presidio established in California. The museum has many exhibits of native American artifacts, early cannon, period clothing, furniture and tools. There are a number of photographs of early San Diego as well--one of Mission Valley prior to its development is of interest.
There are a number of artifacts that have been recovered from the ongoing archeological digs on the site. The sites of the original buildings are marked on the park-like grounds. The gift store has a good collection books about early San Diego and California history. It is possible to rent the building and grounds for parties and weddings.
George W. Marston was the owner of the two-story Spanish Colonial museum. William Templeton Johnson was the architect, while Kier Construction Co. were the contractors. The museum came about due to the philanthropic effort George White Marston. The Presidio Hill site, which was refurbished in 1927, marks the spot were the white man settled in California and celebrates an anniversary of the nation. Today there is an archeological dig on the grounds that is unearthing some of the most significant findings ever discovered in the United States.
Phone: (619) 232-6203
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, June 1 - September 7, 2012
Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00pm, September 8 - May 31, 2013
Adults: $6, Ages 6-17: $3
Students, Seniors, Military and Group: $4