Visitor Center & Museums
10:00 AM-4:00 PM, Monday-Thursday;
5:00 PM Friday-Sunday.
May-September: 10:00-5:00 PM
Park Restrooms Open 10am-Dusk; Concession Restrooms may be open longer.
Due to Service Reductions, one of five staffed museums may be closed during weekdays.
If you desire to visit museums after hours, call to confirm. Museums are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Years Day.
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
Visitor Center & Museums
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Camping and Lodging
Online reservations are not available for this park.
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We're excited to wish 2015 a fond farewell and look toward all the many wonderful things planned for 2016! Click here to see the 2016 Special Event Calendar.
For more information, click here to visit our Special Events page!
Help Make History Come Alive!
We’re hiring a Living History Interpreter (Seasonal) in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.
Our ideal candidate will possess excellent communication, computer, and customer service skills; desire to work with people of all ages; have a positive attitude; demonstrate ability to follow directions; a willingness to work flexible hours, including weekends and some holidays.
The Living History Interpreter will work under the direction of the San Diego Coast District Interpretation & Education Manager to develop interpretive programming that actively engages and educate park visitors about early San Diego history. The Living History Interpreter will also help with event planning, routine clerical office duties, and administrative tasks.
Ability to read, write, and speak English at a level required for successful job performance; ability to follow directions, learn procedures and park rules; meet the public successfully.
Relevant Experience or Requirements
• Deal tactfully with individuals and groups
• Analyze situations accurately and take effective action
• Microsoft Office suite of programs (Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook)
• Interest in California’s cultural history
• Speak effectively before groups
• Able to perform physical activities such as walking or standing throughout an 8-hour shift
• Lift and carry 25 lbs. short distances
• Knowledge of California/San Diego history
• Special event support & development
• Experience performing living history programs and demonstrations
• Familiarity with California State Parks
• Fluency in another language
Location: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
Starting Pay: $10.43-14.19/hr. DOE
Hours: 1500 hours/194 days annually
How to Apply:
Email your resume, cover letter, and application by January 20th to Karen Beery at karen [dot] beery [at] parks [dot] ca [dot] gov.
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park presents the opportunity to experience the history of early San Diego by providing a connection to the past.
Learn about life in the Mexican and early American periods of 1821 to 1872. Even today, life moves more slowly in this part of San Diego, where the hustle and bustle is balanced with history and fiestas. Visitors are offered a glimpse into yesteryear, as converging cultures transformed San Diego from a Mexican pueblo to an American settlement. San Diego became California's first Spanish settlement when a mission and fort were established here in 1769. Later, it passed into the hands of the newly made Mexican government before gaining statehood in the United States after the Mexican-American War.
The core of restored original historic buildings from the interpretive period are complemented by reconstructed sites, along with early twentieth century buildings designed in the same mode. Five original adobe buildings are part of the historic park, which include museums, unique retail shops, and several restaurants. The Historic Plaza remains a special place for gatherings and historic activities. Visitors can also experience a working blacksmith shop, enjoy music, see or touch the park's burros, and engage in activities that represent early San Diego.
The park is located on San Diego Avenue and Twiggs Street in San Diego, and is conveniently adjacent to the Old Town Transit Center, with Coaster, Trolley, and MTS Bus service.
A map of all the parking in and around Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.
Old Town San Diego, CA Latitude/Longitude: 32.7542 / -117.1961
Available Activities and Facilities at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
Exhibits and Programs
Drinking Water Available