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Holiday Hours

Holiday Hours

The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House and GQHF administrative offices will have shortened hours for the following holidays:

Thanksgiving: 

Wednesday, November 22nd- Closing Early. Museum open 10-1pm. (last tour 12:30)

Thursday, November 23rd- Closed

Friday, November 24th- Closed

Christmas: 

Sunday, December 24th- Closed

Monday, December 25th- Closed

Tuesday, December 26th- Closed

New Years:

Sunday, December 31st- Closed

Monday, January 1st- Closed

Adult Education Programs at the GQHF

Adult Education Programs at the GQHF

History in Your Community

The GQHF  is happy to bring the history of the Gaslamp Quarter straight into your community!  Our educators can speak about  architecture, early San Diego history, and life downtown from 1850 to 1920.  With the help of photos and props the lessons come alive in the convenience of your own facility.


A Walk Through Time

The Davis-Horton House is the oldest standing structure in downtown San Diego, dating to 1850. The House was a barracks for military officers, home to San Diego’s Founding Father, Alonzo Horton, the first county hospital, a boarding house, an illegal distillery, a look-out for a German spy, plus much more! Through a guided tour, filled with stories about the House and its past residents, visitors can better imagine life in San Diego between 1850 and 1920. There is also a gallery with rotating exhibits based on the artifacts of the Museum collection.  60 minutes.


Historical Block Tour

This program focuses on the historical and architectural heritage of the Gaslamp Quarter as represented through its stately, historic buildings. This one block walking tour is ideal for those desiring  a close-up look at the different architectural styles of  the Gaslamp Quarter., while avoiding a lengthy walk or street crossing. Duration: 45 minutes, 75 minutes with added House Tour.

For those interested in a longer walk, our Gaslamp

Walking Tour encompasses many of the significant buildings in the Gaslamp Quarter and features information on the district’s architecture and history. This tour is generally around one half mile of walking.

Duration: 60 minutes, 90 minutes with added House Tour.


Lunch

Make it a day in the Gaslamp!  The GQHF has teamed up with the Horton Grand Hotel to create a special experience for groups looking to spend more time in the area. Join us for the tour of your choice and then have Lunch or Afternoon Tea at Ida Bailey’s restaurant in the historic Horton Grand Hotel. The Horton Grand is conveniently located across the street from the Museum.


Pocket Park

Our Pocket Park is featured on many of our tours. It is home to the beautiful bronze statues of Bum the Dog and his friend Greyfriars Bobby. Both can “talk” with the aid of a QR Code and tell their own story. The Park is a wonderful, shady place for a rest before or after your tour.

Education Programs at the GQHF

Education Programs at the GQHF

The Gaslamp Museum offers a range of school programs that can be adapted from preschool through high school. Each program has been designed to highlight an important aspect of the Gaslamp and Downtown San Diego’s history. The Davis-Horton House is a time capsule of early San Diego living history.

 

A Walk Through Time at GQHF

All Grades

The Davis-Horton House is the oldest standing structure in downtown San Diego, dating to 1850. The House was a barracks for military officers, home to San Diego’s Founding Father, Alonzo Horton, the first county hospital, a boarding house, an illegal distillery, a look-out for a German spy, plus much more! Through illuminating stories of its past residents and an exploration of the House, students can better imagine life in San Diego between 1850 and 1920. $4 per student. 60 minutes.


History with Bum the Dog

K-4th Grades

Children go back in time to the 1890s as they hear about to our beloved town dog, Bum.  They’ll learn about this furry icon of San  Diego history and the many places, historical figures and points of interest that Bum visited. This program is kept onsite with a tour of the House, a visit to the pocket park for a close-up look at Bum’s statue, and a puppet making activity or story time.  Older grades will enjoy a House tour, stories by the statue of Bum, and short walk around the Gaslamp to look at several notable buildings up close. They’ll also receive an activity book on the architecture of the Gaslamp to take back to class with them. $6 per student. 90 minutes.


Culture Connections

5th–8th grade

This 90-minute Walking Tour and House Tour explores the cultural influence of various groups of people such as Native Americans, Mexicans, Filipinos, African-Americans, Chinese, Japanese, and others, on the Gaslamp Quarter. Students will explore the era between 1850-1920, a time when the Gaslamp was a vibrant community of many races, religions, and languages.  The Walking Tour portion will explore the influence of  different cultures on the architecture of the area and the tour of the House will provide a unique glimpse into what it was like to live in that time period.  $6 per student. 90 minutes.

 


Building Blocks

5th-High School

This program focuses on the architectural heritage of the Gaslamp Quarter as represented through its stately, historic buildings. The stylized structures express the traits of  several architectural themes present within the nationally designated Historic Gaslamp District. This program includes a walking tour to allow students a close up look at several important architectural styles of the Gaslamp and a STEAM inspired building exercise. $6 per student. 90 minutes. Optional tour of the Davis-Horton House available (adds 30 minutes)

 


History in the Classroom

All Grades

The GQHF  is happy to bring the history of the Gaslamp straight into your classroom!  Our educators can teach lessons on architecture, early San Diego history, and life downtown from 1850 to 1920.  With the help of pictures and props, the lessons come alive in the convenience of your own classroom. Free Program.


Pocket Park

Our Pocket Park is featured on many of our tours. It is home to  home to the beautiful bronze statues of Bum the Dog and his friend Grey Friar’s Bobby. Both can  “talk” with the add of a QR Code and tell their own story. The Park is a wonderful, shady place for snack,  an activity or lunch breaks.


Internships

GQHF offers internships to high school students who wish to build their resumes and college application profiles through volunteerism. College and university students may earn course credit through internships offered each semester or quarter. Please contact us to inquire about available opportunities.

 

History Talks! Why do Cape Cod Saltbox-Style Houses Turn Up in the Most Interesting Places?

History Talks! Why do Cape Cod Saltbox-Style Houses Turn Up in the Most Interesting Places?

Join the Gaslamp Museum in exploring the fascinating story behind the historic architecture of the Davis-Horton House with our History Talks! lecture Why Do Cape Cod Saltbox-Style Houses Turn Up in the Most Interesting Places?  The lecture takes place at the Gaslamp Museum on Wednesday, November 15th at 7pm. Dan Haslam, a current GQHF Board Member and retired attorney, will share his research into how an architectural style that originated in Cape Cod traveled across the west to end up in places such as San Diego, Sacramento, and even Honolulu.

History Talks! is a monthly lecture series presented by the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House. Each month a local historian or specialist delve into topics related to San Diego and the Davis-Horton House to bring a unique glimpse into the history of our city. Come hear history come alive!

November 15, 2017 at 7pm.  Lectures are free for Members, $5 non-members. ###

History for the Holidays

History for the Holidays

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation and the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House is pleased to announce their holiday open house “History for the Holidays” Sunday, December 10th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Please join us in welcoming the holidays with free tours of the Davis-Horton House. Whether you are seeing the house for the first time or hundredth, our beautiful holiday decorations are sure to get you in a festive spirit. Our Docent team will be dressed in their Victorian best and ready to tell you fascinating stories about the house and its past residents. Don’t miss this special holiday event!

 

Watch The San Diego Union-Tribune Gaslamp Pet Parade presented by Blue Buffalo jingle its way down 4th avenue at 3:00pm from our pocket park!

 

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Current Exhibit

Current Exhibit

 

“Alonzo Horton: The Sesquicentennial of the Founding of New Town San Diego”

 The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation is excited to announce the new exhibit “Alonzo Horton: The Sesquicentennial of the Founding of New Town San Diego” opening June 14, 2017 at the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the arrival that would change San Diego’s history forever. On April 17, 1867 Alonzo Horton arrived on a ship from San Francisco and saw in the dusty fields the possibility of a great city along the bay. He soon purchased a large plot of land on which he would tirelessly build New Town San Diego, now downtown San Diego, for the next 42 years. His influence is still seen in much of our beloved city and his name adorns many of our buildings and landmarks.

The exhibit “Alonzo Horton: The Sesquicentennial of the Founding of New Town San Diego” chronicles the life of San Diego’s founding father Alonzo Horton and the early growth of New Town San Diego.  On view are the Museum’s collections of photos, maps, and ephemera related to Horton.

As the only residence of Alonzo Horton still standing in San Diego, the Davis-Horton House is the perfect setting to view the collection of Horton’s life and times. Admission to the exhibit “Alonzo Horton: The Sesquicentennial of the Founding of New Town San Diego” is included in the price of admission to the Museum.

The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation’s lecture series “History Talks!” will return on July 12th at 7pm with a lecture by Richard Crawford, Author and Head Librarian of Special Collections at the Central Library.

Learn more about Horton here. 

 

Check out this segment CBS 8 did on the exhibit!

The Spy in the Attic  October 18th

The Spy in the Attic October 18th

The next installment of the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton’s History Talks! lecture series explores a little known story of San Diego espionage. On October 18th, GQHF Historian, Sandee Wilhoit, will share her research into a fascinating part of Davis-Horton House history, when a German spy set up operations in the attic. German officer Karl Offer used the attics vantage point to watch and report on the movement of the American Pacific Fleet in San Diego Bay.  Come learn the story of Karl Offer and the Davis-Horton House’s place in espionage history!

History Talks! is a monthly lecture series presented by the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House. Each month a local historian or specialist delve into topics related to San Diego and the Davis-Horton House to bring a unique glimpse into the history of our city. Come hear history come alive!

October 18, 2017 at 7pm.  Lectures are free for Members, $5 non-members.