Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House

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Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House

Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House
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Historic Sites • History Museums
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
About
The Gaslamp Museum is open for self-guided tours and audio tours Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4:30pm. Housed in the Davis-Horton House, the museum educates guests about the rich history of both the Gaslamp Quarter and San Diego. Explore the 1850s salt-box style home and the rotating exhibit in the basement gallery. Walking Tours of the Gaslamp Quarter are also offered. Historical and Architectural Walking Tours are Thursdays at 1pm and Saturdays at 11am. Ghosts of the Gaslamp Walking Tours are held Fridays at 5pm. Paranormal Investigations are held in the Davis-Horton House on a monthly basis.
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Neighbourhood: Gaslamp
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joan h
Hayden Lake, ID9 contributions
LOVED private Candle-lit Tour...worth every penny!
Feb 2021 • Friends
Tour guide, Jaime! Cool virtual candle-lit tour. Best birthday surprise for our friend! Rhiannon, was helpful in setting up your. Enjoyed so much...made second donation. Can't wait for Covid to be over, so we can all visit in person.
Written 27 February 2021
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FuzzyBeaver
Montreal, Canada1,117 contributions
Small but worthwile
Mar 2020
If you go, be sure to get the audio guide tour. The audio is extremely well done and provides lots of background and interesting stories. The house jam packed with artifacts, all with a story. It is small but definitely worth visiting.
Written 5 March 2020
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson16,861 contributions
Get the audio guide, so much more info that way
Jan 2020
We got the whole package and appreciated the narration while we walked. It eliminated the necessity of stopping to read the self-guided tour pamphlet in between the stops. The tour covers 2 floors and shows a glimpse of the attic access where the German WWII spy allegedly sent signals to the off-shore subs. He had (somehow or another) access to some logistical information which he would communicate to our enemy.

The distillery upstairs was an intricate affair; its intended purpose was to circumvent prohibition regulations. Quite an elaborate system which we assume was highly effective. Where there is a will, there is a way (I guess).

Looking at the first floor parlor and seeing the small keyboard against the wall spoke of the paucity of entertainment and how families made do with what they had. Life was so much simpler in the 1850's. But then, with gas lamps and no electricity, the household pretty much got up with the sun rise and retired with its setting.

The house had been a Civil War (Union side) headquarters in its early past, as well as a hospital (1873) with 5 beds upstairs; the then-owner had a county contract for $1.00 a patient (daily) and treated TB patients mostly. The bathroom and kitchen always tell such interesting stories about how these vital centers of the home's most important functions were utilized.

The museum is closed on Monday. The entry price also includes the admission to the Chinese Historical Museum (near by). Admission varies as to whether an audio guide is requested and how old the museum guest is. The range is between $5 and $10 (without any discounts).

Outside the courtyard pays tribute to the famous dogs recognized for their role in the community; they were loved for sure. However, the homeless population does camp out on the benches around the memorial monuments to these pets. This time around, we did not spend any time at these monuments because of the homeless situation.
Written 2 February 2020
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Benkitato
Rehovot, Israel70 contributions
Saturday walking tour - quite boring
Nov 2019
Took the Saturday Gaslamp walking tour. The guide was a nice person and she definitely knows about the place, but she wasn't a very good at being a guide. It was hard to understand what was she talking about, and she didn't make enough effort to make the stories sound interesting.
The walking tour does not include much walking (as the area is pretty small), so it's mostly standing and hearing about building which are not that interesting....
Compared to walking tours we took in other cities like NYC or Chicago, this one wasn't worth the time...
Written 18 November 2019
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Tamta Tsintsadze
Tbilisi, Georgia145 contributions
Gaslamp Museum at Davis-Horton House
Nov 2019
This is the oldest building in Gaslamp
quarter. For now, it is known as small historic museum. With lovely little garden and a shop for souvenirs. You can travel back in the past and see different things from different periods. You’ll need 15-30 minutes and it costs just 5$.
Written 16 November 2019
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Michael M
Los Angeles, CA1,469 contributions
Nice View into Gaslamp Quarter History
Aug 2019 • Couples
Neat little museum showcasing the early history of the Gaslamp Quarter and some founding families. Nice respite for ~30 minutes.
Written 31 August 2019
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BetteWV
Charleston, WV259 contributions
For history buffs
Aug 2019 • Solo
Stopped in with an hour or two to spare. Delightfully set up museum featuring history of San Diego. Audio self guided tour offered and i highly recommend it. Was done well and I spent an enjoyable hour exploring San Diego in the late 1800s. I don’t recommend it for small children as many items are fragile and cannot be touched.
Written 21 August 2019
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Michelle248367
Rochester Hills, MI218 contributions
A piece of local history
Jun 2019 • Solo
$5 admission to this house with self guided tour. You get a pamphlet to assist you as you walk around. This home has had many different historical owners/residents. If you are not stable footed, paver patio in courtyard might be difficult to walk.
Written 2 June 2019
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Greg J
Berkhamsted, UK281 contributions
Overpriced and not much to explore
Apr 2019 • Family
There is not much to explore or see here but the entry fee is way overpriced. The place supposed to be haunted so if this is why you are visisting then maybe it worth to come. Other than that I am not chased by ghost so far and all I remember was a few old dusty stuff in a few old rooms.
Written 20 April 2019
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baldeagle46
San Diego, CA256 contributions
Historic residence worth seeing!
Feb 2019 • Couples
This house is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, residence in San Diego. It has been relocated a couple of times and placed in this, its resting place, about 25 years ago. The house has an amazing history including being the home of Davis, Horton and many others, and being a hospital. The kitchen has the original "appliances" and the rooms are all decorated in period, if not original , furnishings.
Written 9 March 2019
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Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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