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“What a rare find!”

Marston House Museum
Ranked #145 of 451 things to do in San Diego
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Owner description: An example of Craftsman-style architecture, Marston House has an ample display of various styles of furniture.
Reviewed June 13, 2012

This was such a wonderful experience! The house is beautiful! The garden is pretty! The tour guide was so fun! She really enjoyed telling all about the history of the house and the relationship of the Marston family to San Diego. She had an unusual name--Ui maybe.A must see attraction! History buffs and those that enjoy the 'craftsman style' house will love this! Reasonably priced.

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Reviewed May 29, 2012

I have been to Balboa Park many times, but had never visited the Marston House before this past weekend. This is an Arts and Craft house from the early 1900's that was built by a Department store owner who was instrumental in many restorations of early San Diego. This house is a beautifully maintained period piece that has many examples of mission and craftsman furniture. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about both the Marston family and the house itself. The gift shop staff was very friendly and an advocate for San Diego. The whole tour was calm and quiet and a nice change from the usually crowded attractions in Balboa Park.

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Reviewed April 9, 2012

The George and Anna Marston House Museum & Gardens is a beautiful Arts & Craft estate from 1905. The main house is a museum, which includes amazing period furniture, and you can stroll freely in the formal gardens and canyon gardens. There is a museum store in what used to be the Carriage House. The guided tour was highly informative - the lady docent gave a comprehensive background of the Marstons and their role in the formative years of San Diego. She knew a lot of detail and was very eager to share her knowledge, in a very enthusiastic manner, so for us it became a wonderful and fun history lesson. Mr. Marston was way ahead of his time as nature conservationist and made substantial contributions from his own funds to preserve parks and important buildings like the Presidio and Mission San Diego de Alcala. This museum is well worth a visit not just for the building and furniture, but also for the knowledge you will gain about the history of San Diego. Highly recommended!

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Reviewed March 12, 2012

This charming mansion should be your itinerary if you are going to Balboa Park and are even mildly interested in Arts and Crafts architectural history or if you like seeing how a wealthy family of taste lived in the early part of this century. There is hardly ever a wait, and you can walk the grounds/gardens yourself. The docents give a good story. Compared to other house museums in other parts of the country, the price is good, and the size of each tour is small. I take visiting out-of-towners here. Small gift shop and bookstore.

2  Thank travels2places
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

I found out about the Marston house on a "groupon" type website, but I think the tour would have been worth full-price tickets. I love history, and there is a wealth of information to be had on this tour. It was especially fascinating to learn of all the contributions Mr. Marston made to the city of San Diego in general. The architecture is amazing and the home is so well-preserved. The docent who led the tour told story after story that helped us get to know the Marston family and also appreciate the details of the home. After the tour, I felt like I'd just been through an ancestor's home because of the closeness I felt to its former inhabitants! If you like history, architecture, and also gardens and beautiful landscaping, this is well worth your time!

1  Thank TAMARASW
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