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Very Interesting Surprise

There are three small museums that comprise the complex. Good place to take children who are at... read more

Reviewed April 3, 2016
SanDiegoPaula
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San Diego
Very Nicely Done Local History Museum

The Tecate Community Museum is a history and culture museum that introduces visitors to the history... read more

Reviewed August 20, 2015
ladyjadegd
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Escondido, California
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Reviewed April 3, 2016

There are three small museums that comprise the complex. Good place to take children who are at least 8 years old. We were four adults and enjoyed learning about Tecate's local history. Well done!

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank SanDiegoPaula
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Reviewed March 21, 2016

I took my nieces and nephews to the musuem recently. We walked from the border. It isn't well marked, but if you know the town well, it's not too hard to find. The staff were helpful and polite. The musuem is laid out with four small buildings. The central one is where you buy tickets and has a small gift shop. The others contain small exhibits on the history of the area. One has interactive video monitors that share the history and traditions of the Kumeyaay people. The other buildings have artifacts from the town and share the history of the railroad in Tecate. The museum isn't anything spectacular, but it is great at what it is. A nice diversion in the very friendly town of Tecate.

Date of experience: March 2016
5  Thank bienvert
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Reviewed August 20, 2015

The Tecate Community Museum is a history and culture museum that introduces visitors to the history of the Tecate area. It is only three years old and continues to grow.

There are a couple of highlights and the most complete exhibit is a wonderful history of the Kumiai (Kumeyaay) Indians that used to live in the area. Housed in a domed room with awesome acoustics that they call the Cavern of Ancestors. In this room they explore what they call the "pre-hostoric" era and it focuses on the flora, fauna, natural features of the land and then the Kumiai people and how they lived, ate, interacted, and the handmade items they created. You could actually spend about an hour in there and everything is in both English and Spanish and includes computer and video exhibits as well as some artifacts.

There is a model of a traditional Kumiai home in the style after Europeans arrived and also a botanical garden that provides examples of native plants.

There is a house that is considered the "historical" period and it includes examples of furniture, photographs, equipment, household goods, etc. It is a start, but can use some work and they have room to grow in there.

The third exhibit is considered the "contemporary" period and is a new building that is still under construction. The first floor however is partially set up as a exhibit of the railroad. It's REALLY well done, especially for not being finished and interesting! This is the second highlight of the museum.

There is also a gift shop with kind of a weird mish-mash of stuff, but I bought some jewelry with the excuse that I was helping to assist the community since I had free tour! there are restrooms on site and they do sell bottles of cold beverages in the gift shop. They also take credit cards in the gift shop.

The museum is really nice and probably more focused towards kids and school groups, but we enjoyed it and probably would have enjoyed it even more if it weren't over 100 degrees at the time! it's located right next to the awesome sports complex. Recommended!

Date of experience: August 2015
1  Thank ladyjadegd
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Reviewed February 27, 2014

A very interesting exhibit on the Kumeyaay Indians and other history of the Tecate area. A beautiful setting in a safe spot. In fact, Tecate is a very safe area. A visit should go hand and hand with visiting La Rumorosa.

Date of experience: February 2014
2  Thank EdwardAbbey
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

First of all Tecate is wonderful. Although it is on the border it feels like a quaint town that would be found deeper in Mexico. Whenever I go I walk from the US side to the museum, which takes about 15 minutes from the parking lot. What I love about the museum is that all of the information is in English and Spanish. The history of the indigenous populations in Baja is fascinating. But they do not just have information on native american tribes, there is a photography exhibit with photographs of the area from 60 years ago, and there is an entire exhibit on the railroads. The railroad portion of the museum has artifacts and pictures, and ties in the Tecate brewery history.
And did I mention it is only 2.50$ for the entrance fee.
After a walk to the museum I recommend walking to the Tecate brewery for a free beer and then stopping by El Mejor Pan for some wonderful pastries!

Date of experience: October 2013
4  Thank BradyBraun
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