Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like to live in a house from the Victorian Era? At the Gaslamp Museum, you can get a taste of not just the architecture from that time, but also the lives of those who once called the house their home.
The Gaslamp Museum is located in the historic Gaslamp Quarter in Downtown San Diego, California. It is part of the Davis-Horton House, also known as the William Heath Davis House, which is the oldest building not just in the area but in all of San Diego!
The David-Horton House is the highlight of any educational trip. It was built in 1850 as part of a settlement called “New Town.” Since then, it has been owned by many people including Anna Scheper, who used it as a hospital, and the Lanuza family, who donated the house so it could be turned into a museum.
The building itself has been moved many times. It began as a saltbox-style structure in Portland, Maine, before being shipped to San Diego. From there, it was moved again when it became a museum in 1977.
Visitors can learn about the many changes and restorations that have been made over the years. Prior to renovation, there were 17 layers of wallpaper from generations of families, which has since been removed to showcase the house’s previous appearance. Electricity wasn’t installed until 1984, long after the museum restoration process began.
The Gaslamp Museum is one of the many attractions available with the Go San Diego All-Inclusive Pass. The pass gives you greater flexibility in your trip and can help you save up to 55% off the regular price. Combine your trip with other fun attractions like a San Diego Harbor Cruise or the San Diego Zoo.
At the museum, you and your family can step right into history. The educational tours the museum offers are all part of its mission to preserve and celebrate the culture, architecture, and heritage of San Diego.
Don’t just learn about history - experience it!