Junipero Serra Museum

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Junipero Serra Museum
Perched above Old Town and visible from many places in the city, this mission-style building is a notable landmark, but few seem to realize it’s also a museum. The Presidio Park site was the very first European settlement in the State of California. The museum is named for Junipero Serra, the Franciscan monk who founded it and eight other California missions in the 18th century. Pope Francis canonized Serra in 2015, but he remains a controversial figure due to his roll in suppressing the culture of the Kumeyaay tribe who originally inhabited the hill. The small museum doesn’t have an admission fee, but small donations are always welcome. Do a quick whirl around the museum that tells the history of the site through drawings and artifacts, but save the bulk of your time for exploring the 40-acre green space. The beautiful park has trails, lawns for picnicking and views of downtown.
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2727 Presidio Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
+1 619-232-6203
Sat, Sun 10am - 4pm