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California Historical Society

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California Historical Society

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gusfamgoes wrote a review Jul 2019
98 contributions3 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: May 2019
MorganLee1912 wrote a review Mar 2019
Salt Lake City, Utah23 contributions3 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: March 2019
ATLAS313 wrote a review Mar 2019
San Francisco, California117 contributions91 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: March 2019
Berling's Eldest wrote a review Jan 2019
Benicia, California381 contributions388 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: January 2019
sewkap wrote a review Aug 2017
El Cerrito, California432 contributions162 helpful votes
This is a gem of a small museum, which is about all I can take in during one afternoon. We went with a docent to see the Summer of Love exhibit, given from the perspective of its origins. It made me nostalgic. I will be back to see their next one, a collaboration with the NY Historical Society on Alexander Hamilton.
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Date of experience: August 2017