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Marston House Museum

3525 Seventh Ave., Northwest corner of Balboa Park at Balboa Dr. and Upas St., San Diego, CA
619 298 3142
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Ranked #81 of 215 attractions in San Diego
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Description: An example of Craftsman-style architecture, Marston House has an ample display of various styles of furniture.
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Alexandria, VA
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453 reviews 453 reviews
200 attraction reviews
268 helpful votes 268 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

We were in the Balboa district of San Diego which harbors many museums and is adjacent to the wonderful San Diego Zoo and the excellent San Diego Museum of Art. After touring the art museum, we had lunch at the Prado restaurant ( very nice setting and good food) and wandered over to the Marston house in time for a... More

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Cayucos, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

An excellent tour by Bobbie gave us an informative and interesting view of this wonderful home. Well worth the visit. A short walk from the trolley stop on the edge of Balboa Park. Beautiful home, beautiful grounds, and a great guide!

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California, USA
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115 reviews 115 reviews
21 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Loved it! The tour (about 45 minutes long) brings it to life. The gardens are lovely to stroll or sit in. Bring a picnic... Very well worth the admissions fee (to the house w/tour; the gardens are free).

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155 reviews 155 reviews
81 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

This house is billed as 'one of the ten most important Arts and Crafts houses in North America.' There are a few things wrong with that. Nice house, but not typical Arts and Crafts. Not even typical Craftsman, although it’s full of Craftsman style furniture, which the guide insisted was all Stickley. Maybe. It was designed to be a Tudor... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

We were in San Diego for a convention and decided to explore the Balboa Park which has the Marston Home in its confines. The docent was very knowledgeable, about the home and its owner, a department store magnet at the turn of the 20th century. This arts and crafts home is on the national register and its architect is a... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013 via mobile

If you like to see what other architects did who were influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, here is a chance. Very nice woodwork and great pieces of furniture! We had a great tour guide, and our group was only 4 people! The gardens were also quite nice! Hope more people support it by visiting it.

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Cape Coral
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

It was a beautiful day to stroll through this Arts & Craft preservation project and to learn about the Marston family and their influence on neighboring Balboa Park. Our docent-guide worked very hard in a limited time to bring the family stories to life while highlighting the house & rare furnishings. There are fine examples of Stickly furniture, some one... More

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Sacramento, CA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

The home is beautiful and a wonderful example of Arts & Crafts Architecture. Unfortunately, I was less than impressed with our tour guide. The focus of his tour was on the Stickley furniture and the Marston family, not the house itself. I have been on several historic home tours and was a bit let down by the focus. That said,... More

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Ramona, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We bought four tickets to the Marston House Garden Tour and four more tickets for the 7th Avenue Tour through LivingSocial. We planned to take another couple with us for the day, do both tours and have lunch. Before purchasing the tickets we read all the fine print, looked at the Marston House website, called and spoke to a representative... More

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Escondido, California, USA
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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

This Irving Gill designed Craftsman style home is lovely, but while some rooms are well appointed, others are sparse. Perhaps Spring would have been a better time to visit as there were not a lot of flowers. The gardens though are beautifully maintained and our docents for both the house and garden tours were very knowledgeable and all staff were... More

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