California Historical Society

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California Historical Society

California Historical Society
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Libraries • History Museums
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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California's history is archived here in a library, art collection and bookstore.
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Neighborhood: South Beach
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  • Montgomery St • 4 min walk
  • Montgomery St • 4 min walk
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mini
Fremont, CA166,198 contributions
Solo
The current exhibit on 1915 Pan American International Fair at the California Historical Society is a superb exhibit. The only remaining building in San Francisco now is the superb Palace of Fine Arts. This historical exhibit honors the 100th birthday of the fair. There are various short video programs one can watch when visiting; these are well done. Its hard to believe that at one time San Francisco even had a replica "Yellowstone Old Faithful" at this exhibit. It must have been quite a fair in 1915 and this exhibit captures that "magic time" well.

In addition, when visiting the building, one also sees the staircase that Nancy Pelosi, Congressperson from San Francisco, walked down during her first election to Congress.

There was a $5.00 admission charge. Its close to some other excellent museums in San Francisco. They are all towards the smaller size so one can go to several other museums as part of a delightful "museum going" trip.

Staff is very good. There is also a store here to visit.
Written March 4, 2015
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LisandroVoyager
Washington DC, DC768 contributions
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A really interesting exhibit on a Mexican lady settler who grew to be prominent in San Francisco's Yerba Buena beginnings, is currently on display in the first floor gallery. One can see documents, even photos of the tiny settlement and learn much about the beginnings and the many hardships of this major city. Juana Briones is in her way a hero having helped so many others in the 19th c. frontier days when women had so few legal rights. The exhibit clearly details socio-economic differences for the city between its Spanish era and its early American one once the US gained control. The effects of the Gold Rush are explained.
Written May 15, 2014
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ATLAS313
San Francisco, CA131 contributions
Couples
Not that many pictures and of the pictures they had, most were so tiny you needed a magnifying glass to see which they provided if you were interested. Pictures in the SF paper advertising the exhibit were much larger than the real life photos on display. Only $10 bucks, but needed more content and curation.
Written March 6, 2019
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gusfamgoes
182 contributions
This museum is in wonderful historic building, that is worth checking out. It also has a nice gift shop with lots of California items and souvenirs. But, the museum itself is quite small, with just one exhibition at a time. It took about ten minutes to see the current exhibition. Had the museum been free, or a dollar or two, this would have been fine. But charging a $10 admission fee for such a small museum, is excessive and there are far better attractions all over the city to visit instead.
Written July 20, 2019
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EWL05
Fresno, CA330 contributions
Couples
Current exhibition is the 1915 Pan Pacific Exposition. Lots of memorabilia and a scale model of the Fair. Several video displays give insight to the event. They also have a limited hours historical library that unfortunately was not open when we visited Very pleasant, helpful and knowledgeable staff.
Written June 2, 2015
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Chris0999
37 contributions
Wonderful exhibit on Yosemite's history. Great photos, especially Carlton Watkins. It took about an hour to read the information. The building itself is interesting. Great value at $5.00.
Written July 21, 2014
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MorganLee1912
Salt Lake City, UT23 contributions
Friends
We did not go to the actual museum, but the gift shop was recommended to us by someone at the SFMOMA and it did not disappoint. It’s small, but they have some amazing Cali souvenirs from patches, stickers, journals, bags, books, artwork, amazing gift wrap, and more. Definitely recommend stopping in to pick yourself up something special.
Written March 23, 2019
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Berling's Eldest
Benicia, CA408 contributions
Solo
The California Historical Society sponsors tours of the Old Mint. Just took one today. The guide is extremely knowledgeable. The 90 minute tour was just too long with too much information. For a full 45 minutes we stood in one room while he spouted more information than we could ever want to know about Mints nationwide and their history. Standing on such hard floors that long really took a toll on everyone's feet and I could tell that most (if not all of the folks) were having problems standing in one place that long. I still believe the tour was worthwhile for the old vaults and history give the low $10 admission. I really suggest they provide chairs for people that can't stand that long.
Written January 26, 2019
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Robert S
Lawrence, KS2,663 contributions
Couples
CHS is a great organization with wonderful programing, but not enough space to exhibit all its interesting historical items. You should definitely drop by - they always have one good exhibit up.
Check their website calendar for author and artist presentations.
Their library is a great source if you want to do some in-depth research.
Written July 23, 2016
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brandenburg456
San Jose, CA96 contributions
Solo
I enjoyed the comprehensive exhibit about the 1915 Pan Pacific Exposition. There were a lot of displays, and it is amazing how much our culture has changed in 100 years. It's well worth the $5 entrance fee. I see that other reviewers were disappointed, obviously expecting more than there is. Perhaps the CHS should make sure that visitors know what is there before they accept the $5 admission fee.
Written August 26, 2015
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California Historical Society is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue - Fri 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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