Coronado Museum of History & Art

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1100 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA 92118
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When you explore the Coronado Museum of History & Art, you’ll learn about the rich cultural history and art pieces that were created right in San Diego!
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Explore San Diego History and Art at the Coronado Museum

The Coronado Museum of History & Art is a great way to learn about the history of San Diego. Located on Coronado Island in San Diego, California, this museum recognizes and celebrates the lives and creations of the people who have lived in the neighborhood throughout multiple centuries.

As part of the Coronado Historical Association, the museum’s mission is to make Coronado’s unique architecture, art, and historical resources accessible to all visitors. Through this, they hope to achieve greater recognition for the artists that called Coronado their home.

Alongside the art collection, the museum also includes a gift shop and a museum café right in the building. Admission is free.

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The Coronado Museum is home to an incredible collection of art. There are thousands of photographs, art pieces, and antiques either related to the development of the Coronado area or created by those who lived in the area. The museum also displays centuries-old newspapers, artifacts, and even clothing so visitors can experience the storied history of Coronado.

After you’ve checked out the art, don’t forget to check out the thousands of books, oral history transcripts, and other written documents. These are all part of the museum’s expansive library collection, which is full of books detailing the history of Coronado.

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In the Museum of History & Art, Coronado’s history comes to life through fascinating permanent exhibits and changing displays.

At the museum, you’ll also learn about the longstanding history of the friendship between Coronado and the US Navy. The partnership dates all the way back to the establishment of a Naval Air Station on the island in 1917.

The museum outlines the progression from this point to Coronado being recognized as “The Birthplace of Naval Aviation” and how this relationship has continued during modern times.

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Art Collection and Exhibits

The main draw of the Coronado Museum is its art collection. The museum is broken up into different exhibits, each of which focuses on a different part of the collection.

Photograph Collection

The Coronado Museum contains an astounding 20,000 historical photographs capturing moments from the lives of people throughout history.

The photo catalog includes everything from snapshots of historic events to the more mundane, like everyday activities of Coronado’s residents. If you like a particular photo, you can request a reproduction and take it home with you to commemorate your trip!

Manuscript Archives

The manuscript archives are full of first-hand accounts and documents from people and businesses that called Coronado their home. The archives contain papers from local companies, clubs, organizations, local government, and even personal papers.

Two standout manuscripts are the personal notes of Katherine Carlin and files from the Coronado Beach Company. Carlin authored Coronado: The Enchanted Island, a book that details local history. The Coronado Beach Company was owned by John D. Spreckels, who invested in the San Diego and Arizona Railway as well as the beautiful Hotel del Coronado.

Maps of Coronado

The museum’s map collection doesn’t just contain topographic and geographic maps of Coronado. It also contains maps of different construction lots, railroads, bridges, and even tree planting maps. These provide more insight into how Coronado used to look and how it has changed over time.

The Stockdale Family Collection

James Stockdale was a US Navy admiral who lived in Coronado with his wife Sybil Stockdale. He was a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, where he was an aviator until he was shot down, captured, and eventually returned to the US over seven years later.

The Coronado Museum contains various artifacts from the Stockdale family’s lives, as well as educational information about their lives. These items include a prisoner of war smock and tin cup, both owned by Admiral Stockdale and later donated to the museum.

Education and Innovation Lab for Kids

The Coronado Museum has run its Third Grade Program since 2009. Through the program, museum staff and trained volunteers bring the history of Coronado right into the classroom. Students also get to visit the museum and the surrounding area as part of the program.

The museum also includes a Kids’ History Innovation Lab. This is an interactive area for kids 12 years old and younger, designed to get them to engage with the history of Coronado.

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Make the Most of Your Visit

Don’t worry about parking, eating, or making arrangements for an overnight stay in the middle of your trip. Make your visit to the Coronado Museum of History & Art as smooth as possible by knowing these helpful tips before you go.

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The nearest parking lot to the museum is located at 1199 Orange Avenue. It is about a four to six-minute walk from the Museum, and also in close proximity to the beach.

Where to Eat

The museum café, Tent City Restaurant, is located right inside the same building that houses the museum.

Where to Stay

The Coronado Museum is affiliated with the Hotel del Coronado, an iconic hotel just a few blocks away.

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