Junipero Serra Museum, San Diego

3.5
#33 of 44 in Museums in San Diego
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.
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  • It's worth going up here for the sheer beauty of the site. What I saw of the museum was ordinary. The site of the Presidio is lovely but not well interpreted, it will look like a pasture to most.  more »
  • Settled on top of the hill in Presidio park right above the original site of the first Presidio and Mission in Alta California. Parking is always available, trees around are mature and beautiful. Yest...  more »
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  • Quick facts: Size: Very small Price: Free (donations) Est time in museum: 15 - 20 minutes Recommended for: Locals interested in San Diego's early history Best Feature: None really. Small mission/museum. Much smaller than I thought it would be. It is on top of a hill so you get some decent views of the surrounding area, although there are large trees that obscure the views. The 'museum' is primarily one main area, about the same size as a small chapel and a smaller room as you go up the mission tower. There is a small trail area next to the museum if you wanted to take a walk. Overall a peaceful location. When I visited there in the summer there wasn't anything on display in the main areas other than a few Indian artifacts in a glass display. The other 'displays' were mainly text and some old pictures explaining the local indian culture in early San Diego. So it seems as though they do not have exhibits on display all year round in the main area. The mission itself didn't appear to be in the best condition as well. Would I recommend a visit? Probably not especially if you have to drive more than a few miles just to see it, but it is right next to Old Town, so if you have time at the end of your day, you can stop by for a quick look, but you wouldn't be missing much if you didn't.
  • A true Jewel of San Diego History.. Its Amazing Architecture (Spanish) And Breath taking 360° Beautiful View....a must! If you have time go and check it out. Ps.theres a lot of walking involved wear your tennis shoes.

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