California Historical Society, San Francisco

#44 of 48 in Museums in San Francisco
History Museum · Hidden Gem · Library
The California Historical Society (CHS) is the official historical society of California. It was founded in 1871, by a group of prominent Californian intellectuals at Santa Clara University. It was officially designated as the Californian state historical society in 1979. Its headquarters are in San Francisco, though it hosts exhibits and collections across California.

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  • We did not go to the actual museum, but the gift shop was recommended to us by someone at the SFMOMA and it did not disappoint. It’s small, but they have some amazing Cali souvenirs from patches...  more »
  • The California Historical Society has a great collection of reading material and souvenirs. The store also has a great selection of clothing items such as T-shirts, scarves, sweaters, umbrellas, and ball caps. This is a great place to spend time for reading and browsing. The printed materials are well covered and interesting. There is so much more to mention. This store is a must stop if you have time.
  • Excellent resource for California history and sociology. There's a small museum space with periodic exhibits of varying depth and breadth, and a bookstore.

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