California Historical Society

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California Historical Society
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California Historical Society

The state's official historical group has focused its efforts on assembling this impressive collection of Californiana. The vaults hold half a million photographs and thousands of books, magazines, manuscripts, maps, paintings and costumes—as well as an extensive Gold Rush collection. Selections are presented as changing displays on the state's history that range from retrospectives on Yosemite National Park to the centennial of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Don't miss the excellent little California-themed bookstore, which also offers a selection of crafts and jewelry by local designers.


Venue name: California Historical Society
Address: 678 Mission St
San Francisco

Cross street: between 3rd and New Montgomery Sts
Opening hours: Tue–Sun noon–5pm
Transport: BART & Metro to Montgomery/ Bus 8AX, 8BX, 8X, 10, 14, 14X, 30, 45, 70, 80, 81X, 91, 101, 101X, 292, 397, KX
Price: $5, children under 5 free
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