Photo of historic Old Town State Park center plaza area
Photo of the Presidio located at Presidio Park above Old Town Historic Park



Photo of the Presidio’s courtyard located at Presidio Park above Old Town Historic Park



Photo of the Presidio dome and bell tower located at Presidio Park above Old Town Historic Park

History of Old Town

Located in Presidio Park above Old Town State Historic Park, this striking mission-style building was constructed in 1929 to commemorate the site where Father Junipero Serra and Captain Gaspar de Portola established the first mission and fortified settlement in present-day California. The museum showcases artifacts such as housewares, furniture, tools and a cannon from the Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and American periods through 1929.

The Museum Store offers a complete selection of books on early San Diego and California history appropriate for children and adults. The Museum and Loggia are available to rent for meetings, parties or weddings.

Park Rangers lead an outdoor tour on significant history of Presidio Park every second Sunday of the month from 1:00pm-2:00pm. Tours meet in front of the Serra Museum and are free of charge. Please note that the Serra Museum is not included on the tour and admission fees do apply to enter the museum.

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Current Exhibits at the Serra Museum:

Previous Serra Museum exhibits still on-line: