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Julian Pioneer Museum

2811 Washington St, Julian, CA 92036
760 765 0227
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Ranked #12 of 18 attractions in Julian
Type: History Museums
Most recent review
- Jul 6, 2014
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Dallas, Texas
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94 reviews 94 reviews
62 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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
55 helpful votes 55 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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Julian
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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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16 reviews 16 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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94 reviews 94 reviews
75 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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
32 helpful votes 32 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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Thousand Oaks
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156 reviews 156 reviews
28 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2011

We enjoyed our visit here on the day after Thanksgiving. It wasn't nearly as busy as the shops on Main Street which is too bad because they do a pretty good job of interpreting the area history. They suffer from not having enough space (the problem of many museums, alas) and the building has a bit of a feel of... More

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