Looking for a fun new museum to experience? Check out this hidden gem, located just up Park Boulevard from Balboa Park (where the neighborhoods of North Park, University Heights and Hillcrest converge). The museum was founded by James Cooley 23 years ago as a space for the community to step back in time and learn about advances in technology. The Museum celebrates the spirit of innovation through a diverse collection of antique automobiles (over two dozen from 1886 to 1933!), as well as cameras, phonographs, clocks, trains, clocks, typewriters, household appliances, telegraphs, telephones and more.
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. The Museum is currently undergoing a significant renovation and restoration project, which will result in a transformed visitor experience and a new core exhibition exploring 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. The Museum is expected to reopen in late-February (visit the Museum’s website for updates). (Note: Give Forward is the Museum’s donation-based admission policy. A minimum $5 donation is suggested.)