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Old Town San Diego State Historic Park offers a variety of free activities, living history demonstrations, and special events for our visitors. Museums are open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Thursday; 5:00pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday. (10:00-5:00 May-September). Due to service reductions during November - April, one of five staffed museums may be closed during weekdays. Museums are closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day; limited museums are open on New Year's day. Shop and restaurant hours vary; please consult the Shop & Restaurant page for contact information.

Start your visit of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park with our True Stories of Old Town tour, where visitors walk around the park with a guide who will tell you the stories hidden behind every corner of our historic buildings. The tour starts at the Robinson-Rose Visitor Center and during your walk through Old Town you will learn about the history of our Mexican pueblo turned American city. To book your True Stories of Old Town tour, go to the Trusted Tours website or call 1-800-844-7601. Tours are available at 11:30 am Monday through Thursday, and 11:30 am & 2:00 pm Friday through Sunday. Make sure to arrive at the Robinson-Rose Visitor Center at least 15 minutes before your tour starts to check in.
We also offer a free history program in the Seeley Stables theater at 11:00 am & 1:30 pm. The program has a maximum capacity of 45 people and it operates on a first-come, first-served basis. 
For groups larger than 8, we ask that you schedule a private tour CLICK HERE.

Our fun, family-friendly, and FREE special events happen throughout the year. CLICK HERE to view our 2018 Special Events Calendar.

Featured Living History Throughout the Month

Every Wednesday & Saturday
: Blacksmithing plus free activities and demonstrations that are fun and informative.

Tuesdays/Thursdays/Fridays: 11:15 am & 11:45 am: Cygnet Theatre presents a FREE 2-man outdoor performance in the park Plaza. Shows include Pyramus and Thisby, Macbeth, and Hamlet among others (even special holiday performances of Sleepy Hollow and A Christmas Carol).

First Wednesday: Basket Weaving Guild.

First Saturday: The Historic Dance Society social, open to both dancers & spectators.

Second Wednesday: 1800s Tintype Photographers.

Second Saturday:The Print Guild, and Historic Foodways—demonstrating how people prepared and cooked their food in the 1800s.

Third Saturday: Fiber Arts (carding & spinning wool, weaving, knitting, crochet), Quilting, the Adobe Brickmaking Guild, and various other Californio Living History throughout the park. 

Fourth Saturday: Soap makers (demonstrating historic techniques), the Woodworking Guild, and Mountain Men (music and other activities).

Fifth Saturday: The Victorian Penmanship Guild, demonstrating period writing techniques.