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Julian Pioneer Museum

2811 Washington St, Julian, CA 92036
760 765 0227
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Ranked #12 of 17 Attractions in Julian
Type: History Museums
Most recent review
- Aug 15, 2014
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Orange County, California
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102 reviews 102 reviews
40 attraction reviews
296 helpful votes 296 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The current founders of this museum in particular were not just interesting, but so informative and helpful. We even stopped in there for directions one of the days we were in town, and they happily helped.

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Dallas, Texas
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141 reviews 141 reviews
77 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This museum features a collection of antique items and photographs from the area in one large room. We always enjoy looking at these types of local museums and if you do too, then it is well worth your time. I marked it average simply because I've seen this type of museum in dozens of old towns and this one wasn't... More

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Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
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82 reviews 82 reviews
27 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

This is a big room full of interesting artefacts from the pioneer days and after. Interesting in themselves, but there is not overmuch context given for the displays, so unless you love lace collections or old photographs it won't take too much time to visit. The staff volunteers are very friendly!

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San Marcos, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Interesting assortment of artifacts and of "junk". Loved the beautiful antique piano. As well as the collection of shoes. There's a $3 donation. As another reviewer said, they need to identify and organize everything. Some had been but the handwritten notes have deteriorated and hard to read. Many had no identification and so you don't know what you're looking at.... More

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San Diego, CA
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74 reviews 74 reviews
24 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

I haven't been here in years, but noted that the exhibits are pretty much the same, although they really need a lot of work. Signage is faded and dated, and much is not labeled so you really don't know what it is you are seeing. All could use more organization to help tourists understand the history of this Gold Rush... More

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North Orange County CA
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77 reviews 77 reviews
49 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Great collection of frontier or pioneer artifacts from the local area. Includes mail delivery buggy, old vintage kitchen items, ranch artifacts etc. Great place to take the family and absorb the past.

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

If you want to know the history of Julian and see some real artifacts, don't miss the Museum. Adjacent to the museum are a couple of replica buildings and a nicely restored gas powered stage. There is a nice little park on the property for your sack lunch or just sitting.

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San Marcos, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Lots of funky history here, mostly local stuff but also an eclectic range of other items. Great way to spend time in town, but it is frequently not open.

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Los Angeles, California
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110 reviews 110 reviews
88 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

Most people come to Julian to shop, eat, and buy great pies. Just a block off the main street are several small historic museums. This museum, while not large, is filled with artifacts of Julian's past, including its mining past. The museum is proud of its lace collection. Taxidermied animals look down on visitors. A carriage is in the center.... More

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Southern California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
40 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

The bygone era of this historic gold-mining town comes alive in the Julian Pioneer Museum. Artifacts and memorabilia from early families vie for space in a former blacksmith shop. Hundreds of photographs of pioneers and places line the walls. An exquisit collection of handmade lace is the envy of much larger museums. Clothing from the olden days are displayed on... More

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