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Address: 3525 7th Ave, Northwest corner of Balboa Park at Balboa Dr. and Upas St., San Diego, CA
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+1 619-298-3142
10:00 - 17:00
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An example of Craftsman-style architecture, Marston House has an ample...

An example of Craftsman-style architecture, Marston House has an ample display of various styles of furniture.

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Enjoyable tour of period home

Beautiful woodwork and interesting history. Our particular guide didn't have all the facts or details memorized and rambled. We felt we missed some information. It gives a "look... read more

Reviewed 26 February 2017
Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We tried to go on a tour at The Marston House, but they are in the process of an extensive re-roofing project, and are CLOSED, "until early June 2017, unless problems arise." They are still open for "walking tours" and their gift shop is open. However, the main reason for going is out of commission for at least the next... More 

Thank T B
Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

Beautiful woodwork and interesting history. Our particular guide didn't have all the facts or details memorized and rambled. We felt we missed some information. It gives a "look into a time gone by".

Thank Mminpdx
East Sussex, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

We found out about this house from the list in the San Diego Family magazine, so went to visit. The house is only open on Saturday, Sunday and Monday Tours are given each hour and we were met at the door by Mary, who guided us around the house. It was very interesting to learn about the family, their business... More 

San Diego, California
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Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Don't miss this beautiful home of George Marston and his family. Lovingly taken care of by San Diego's premier preservation organization, Save Our Heritage Organisation, this is a not to be missed visit while you're in Balboa Park. Don't miss the gift shop located in the old carriage house. Nice souvenirs and gifts. Not the usual tacky stuff.

Thank nancy m
Southern NJ
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570 reviews
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Reviewed 7 December 2016

Marston House is great place to learn about the local history of San Diego while seeing some fabulous period furniture and incredible wood, some of which could possibly be 1000 years old. The docent really made this tour, which was definitely worth the $15 per adult. He wove together the history of the house with the life of Mr. Marston... More 

Thank GreenUnicorn
Madison, Mississippi
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Reviewed 25 October 2016

Built in 1905 for the Marston family of the on the site of beautiful Balboa Park. Marston owned one of the largest department stores in Southern California and donated much of his land for Balboa Park. Constructed in the arts and crafts style, it is lovingly restored and furnished with period furniture. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave... More 

1 Thank CassidyBayou
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Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

We arrived late in the afternoon afternoon walking around Balboa Park. The docent there was kind enough to give us a tour. It was a step back in time!

1 Thank Melanie H
San Diego, California
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

Having lived in San Diego many years, I am almost ashamed to say I had never been here..when friends visiting from Long Beach suggested it...Glad they did..what an incredible house and grounds...but, the history given by a very well informed docent (Lois) made it even more enjoyable..Mr. Marston was a self-made man, not inheriting his money, nor marrying it..He worked... More 

2 Thank Linda F
Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 12 July 2016

Having recently revisited Taliesin West in Phoenix, my husband and I jumped at the chance to see a less elaborate arts and crafts house. The Marston House, designed by Irving Gil who worked with Frank Lloyd Wright, sits within the boundaries of beautiful Balboa Park and is surrounded by lush gardens and well-established shade trees. Since Gil was not university... More 

2 Thank Karen Ferguson T
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Reviewed 14 June 2016

Very interesting tour of a 1905 property from a very knowledgeable guide. If old properties interest you, you won't be disappointed.

1 Thank Brettyboy

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