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Address: 131 Rea Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020
Phone Number: (619) 590-3431
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Heritage, Fabulous Art and Interesting History of El Cajon

Olaf Wieghorst was a fabulous artist who grew up in El Cajon. The WWHC is housed in the very place that Olaf lived in. This is the integral part of El Cajon for so long before... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 15, 2015
Kasey R
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Olaf Wieghorst was a fabulous artist who grew up in El Cajon. The WWHC is housed in the very place that Olaf lived in. This is the integral part of El Cajon for so long before it added the mall. I remember shopping around there growing up. I love the museum that houses the art as I am a history... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

There is enough art here to spend ten minutes....but only if you are into old west paintings. Not much of anything beyond that. I wouldn't drive out of your way to see it.

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El Cajon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Olaf Wieghorst was a talented artist of the Western genre. The museum is housed the the old adobe home that he lived in on Renette Ave. In El Cajon, a few blocks from where it sits now.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

I love love love the cactus garden. Lots of unusual varieties with spiny spines and without. Olaf Wieghorse settled in El Cajon and has captured the old west in his wonderful paintings. This place celebrates his work. If you find yourself in El Cajon, this is worth a visit. I recommend "When the time comes for me to put away... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

If you Blink you will miss this museum. If you like American Art or Western Displays, then you have to make this a must stop while in San Diego. They have his house and a small Strip mall Art Gallery. The docens are top noch and show they care about Wieghorst and his Art.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

This is a very well done tribute to local artist Olaf Wieghorst and his beautiful, western art. Many his works are attractively displayed in a historical setting. Well worth several visits.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

You have never heard of this artist but you have definitely seen his artwork. Olaf Wieghorst captured the spirit of the west in paintings that breathe with movement and light. Many of them have graced the covers of magazines over and over again. The museum comprises both an art gallery and the artist's house with a number of period artifacts.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

The city makes it sound like a Big deal, I had never heard of the artist Seems they wasted a lot of money to put this in downtown instead of bring a good Business in in it's place I was bored

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

I'm always looking for a new museum and stumbled upon this one a few years ago but didn't have time to stop. A year ago my wife and I found it easily enough on the way to visit a friend. Olaf Wieghorst worked in the west before joining the NY Mounted Police. He began artistic painting while working for the... More 

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