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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 #82 of 221 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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San Diego, California
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85 reviews 85 reviews
45 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

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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113 reviews 113 reviews
41 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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509 reviews 509 reviews
218 attraction reviews
317 helpful votes 317 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
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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120 reviews 120 reviews
21 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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165 reviews 165 reviews
86 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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9 helpful votes 9 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
21 helpful votes 21 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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