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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 #76 of 236 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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Portland, Oregon
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97 reviews 97 reviews
27 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

One's experience at the Marston House appears to depend greatly on the quality of the guide. We were looking forward to the visit because we love the Arts and Crafts style, but had some concern because reviews of guides were uneven. Our guide was terrific and we greatly enjoyed the tour. The tour was a nice blend of information about... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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172 reviews 172 reviews
98 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This Arts-Crafts home on the Northern edge of Balboa Park is a hidden Gem. The gentleman who gave the tour was very knowledgeable about both the House and San Diego History. My wife and enjoyed the one hour tour and were very fortunate to be the only two guests on the tour. We were able to ask as many questions... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This is one of the hidden gems of San Diego, a 1905 Irving Gill designed home next to Balboa Park, in the heart of San Diego. It is full of arts and crafts furnishings, just as it was in the early twentieth century, and the forward thinking architect combined with his environmentally conscious client (George Marston) created a beautiful home.... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

2 adults 1 - 8 yr old. We found out about this house through trip-advisor and decided to explore a little history of San Diego. The house itself is off the path so to speak but is nearby balboa park and hillcrest. We parked in front of the high rise apartment that was near by and walked to the gift... More

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San Diego, California
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85 reviews 85 reviews
45 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I read the reviews and come to the conclusion that it really, really depends on your guide. I am a local history teacher. My guide talked a lot about the architecture and the interior furnishings (as being in keeping with the style of the house, but not the family for whom it was built,) but very little on Marston and... More

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Palm Springs
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131 reviews 131 reviews
47 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Excellent example of "Arts and Crafts" architecture. Take the tour for an inside look. The docent was very passionate about the building, and trying to save other historic sites in San Diego. Well worth the admission price. Great way to spend a couple of hours. NW corner of Balboa park.

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Alexandria, VA
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578 reviews 578 reviews
247 attraction reviews
350 helpful votes 350 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
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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125 reviews 125 reviews
21 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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170 reviews 170 reviews
86 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 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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