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First San Diego Courthouse

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Small and free

This is one of the few remaining museums left at Old Town. Signage inside gives some of the... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2017
Marysville, Ohio
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Great Little Museum

Great little museum showing the first courthouse, sheriff's offices and jail. Excellent little... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2016
Brian S
Phoenix, Arizona
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1 Nov 2018
10 Oct 2017
“Small and free”
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4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110-2743
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Reviewed 2 November 2018

The first building built in San Diego with bricks, rather than adobe or wood. Building dates back to 1847 and includes interesting displays. Be sure to go through to the rear and check out the old jail.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 989emmettm
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

This is one of the few remaining museums left at Old Town. Signage inside gives some of the important details about the site and its construction. But, not much there. Allow 5 to 10 minutes.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank J-from-Marysville
Reviewed 16 October 2016

Great little museum showing the first courthouse, sheriff's offices and jail. Excellent little place if you like history. Good place to take some pictures and see how they lived and did business in the mid 1800s.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Brian S
Reviewed 31 August 2016

What can I say? It's small, about 16 by 27 feet, but this little building was the first brick courthouse in San Diego back when San Diego was a small community in the late 1840s. The front room is the court room and now has...More

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank Kenneth L
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

This is a tiny museum, barely two rooms of exhibits. It is interesting, however, and when combined with the Wells Fargo museum makes for a good dose of quick (and free) history right in the middle of the Old Town park.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank AlexanderD
Reviewed 9 December 2015

Having marched for a long time from Salt Lake City, the Mormon Battalion finally arrived in San Diego to find out the Mexican War had already finished and our side had won. Not to disappoint, they got busy building the first Courthouse. There is very...More

Date of experience: December 2015
Thank Oliver S
Reviewed 10 September 2015

This museum is located smack dab in the middle of Old Town. Its only two rooms. Most of it is partitioned off by plexiglass. You can see the whole thing in literally 10 minutes or less even if you read everything. Don't miss the Iron...More

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed 3 January 2015 via mobile

In and out in 1 minute. It's been rebuilt so it is not authentic looking. Couple of pics and some items from the original place.

Thank LA_Deputy
Reviewed 11 November 2014

Very cool to see! Just go and see it for yourself, you will be glad you did. I am and so was the family.

Date of experience: November 2014
Thank KBF1504X4
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