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California Historical Society

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4 weeks ago
“Really Fun Little Gift Shop”
Mar 5, 2019
“Went there recently to see Boomtowns Photography exhibition”
California's history is archived here in a library, art collection and bookstore.
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678 Mission St, Library Open 1:00PM-5:00PM Wednesday through Friday, San Francisco, CA 94105-4014
South Beach
+1 415-357-1848
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank MorganLee1912
Reviewed March 5, 2019

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...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank ATLAS313
Reviewed January 25, 2019

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...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Adnil-94102
Reviewed August 20, 2017

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...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank sewkap
Reviewed July 8, 2017

This museum does not have permanent exhibits. Right now, the Summer of Love. Everybody in our group loved it. A friend saw the similar exhibit at DeYoung, she said, this one is better. The visit can be combined with Yerba Buena, Jewish museum, and when...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank ImaMY
Reviewed June 8, 2017 via mobile

Be sure to include California Historical Society's current exhibition "The Summer of Love" along with the de Young Museum's HUGE and might I say much more pricy exhibition on the same subject. CHS's has some terrific photos of Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia, and well known...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank MarshaS74
Reviewed October 31, 2016

I was under the impression that the California Historical Society had exhibits on the 1906 fire and the Gold Rush, but all they had were three temporary photo exhibits. But it was only $5 so I didn't feel put out.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Rebekah B
Reviewed August 18, 2016

I am someone who will literally go to a city just for a museum, and this set of exhibits was perfect for me as a history/anthropology teacher. Photographs and artifacts from the Modoc War plus tintypes and interviews with modern Native California peoples, plus plenty...More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank kcdenman
Reviewed July 23, 2016

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...More

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank Robert S
Reviewed August 26, 2015

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...More

Date of experience: August 2015
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